Raymond J. Murphy


On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Raymond J. Murphy, 88, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on June 8, 1933, in Ballston Spa and was a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late Leo and June Murphy and the brother of the late June, James (Eleanor), Patrick (Kay) and Tommy.

After graduating from Ballston Spa High School, Ray served his country in the United States Army stationed in Europe as a Military MP. Following his service, Murph played semi-pro baseball for a local Ballston team and worked locally as an electrician. For 24 years Murph worked at Skidmore College, retiring in 1997 as the Chief Electrician. During his free time, Murph was a longtime high school and college basketball referee and baseball umpire in the Capital District.

Over the years, Ray used his woodworking talents to make furniture, special seasonal items and sports plaques as gifts for family and friends. The individualized Christmas ornaments that he made for his grandchildren are treasured keepsakes. He was a lifelong fan of Cleveland professional sports teams - the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers, and attended the 1995 and 1997 World Series.

Ray was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Ray married his high school sweetheart Linda Lloyd in 1957. They were married for 47 years until his beloved Linda passed away in 2004. Ray was a loving, supportive and devoted father to his dear sons, Jay (Maria) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and Lee (Christine) of Gansevoort. Ray was a beloved “Poppy” to his grandchildren, Allison, Cole, Tommy, Danny and Katie. Poppy was cherished by his family who will miss him immensely.

The Murphy family would like to thank Bev Haskell for her devoted friendship and Community Hospice, especially Lori and Erika, for their loving care of Ray.

A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ray’s memory can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Linda Murphy Memorial Scholarship Award, checks payable to: Ballston Spa Central School District, 220 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guest Book

Mazie Melander

So very sad to hear about Murph. Thinking of him brings a smile to my face. His great sense of humor, his smile, his devotion to his family. I will miss all of that. I also remember him refereeing our basketball games in high school. And yes, he was the best referee! My thoughts to the entire Murphy family.

Brad Travis

Jay I’m so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your dad was a good man. I remember him umpiring some of our games

Patricia Monaco-Gonzlaes

At a recent visit to the grave of my parents, I noticed an older gentlemen tenderly caring for a gravestone a couple of rows in front of my parents headstone. I wondered who it was and after he left I went around to see the name on the headstone he was visiting. I realized it was Mr. Murphy visiting Mrs. Murphy. I was sorry I did not know it was him or I would have said hello. I thought I would say hello if I saw him there again. So sorry to see that he has passed and I will not have a chance to say hello again in person, but I will be sure to stop by to say hello the next time I visit my parents there, So sorry to hear of your loss. I don't know if you remember me but I remember your parents well and I was honored to have seen Mr. Murphy in his tender care of Mrs. Murphy. God bless them both and all of you.

DOLORES AND JIM TAISEY FAMILY

HOLD ON TO THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF RAY, AS HE JOINS LINDA IN HEAVAN.. TWO BEAUTIFUL BALLSON SPA TALENTED COMMUNITY MINDED RESIDENTS. WE PERSONALLY CHERISH THEIR ENCOURAGEMENT SUPPORT.. LINDA, AN EARLY BSBPA EXCELLENT WRITER/MEMBER OFFICER AND, RAY’S CREATIVE WOODWORK TALENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE APPLE TREE B&B/MEDBERY INN AND SPA.
FOREVER IN HEARTS...

Helen Endres

Sending heartfelt prayers to Lee, Jay, and your families. The times I spent with Linda and Ray will always be remembered with fondness. They were so kind to me. I enjoyed watching Lee and Jay grow up. Such special memories of your family. Now Linda and Ray will be reunited, again, in happiness and love.

Karen Sewell

I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Ray was the best neighbor anyone could ask for, and an awfully nice man. He was always more than willing to lend a hand, loved his place and the wildlife that would visit. I know he was proud of his kids and grandkids, and he’ll always be with you in spirit. My deepest condolences.

Leigh and John Grady

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Murphy family during this time of sadness.
We remember Ray's quiet strength and love of his family.
His woodworking skills were something that we greatly admired.
Ray's devotion to Linda is an inspiration to us on how to care for a spouse.

With deep sympathy,
Leigh and John Grady