Kenneth Paul Murphy, Sr. originally from Philadelphia, PA and recently of San Antonio, FL passed away on May 8, 2023 at the age of 73. Born on June 7, 1949 in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA to Florence White and John Murphy, Kenneth was lovingly known as Ken, Kenny or Murph by those closest to him. An identical twin, from a young age Kenny and his twin, Denny, were known for their epic practical jokes and antics. When Ken recounted a good story or joke, he often started laughing before he got to the best part causing everyone around him to belly laugh with him.
Ken would be the first to tell you that he lived a wonderful life. In 1972, Ken married his best
friend Mary Hopkins. They were a perfect team who built a beautiful family together and celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage this past November. Ken was his family’s North Star… a steadfast point that never wavered, always reliable, with a hopeful positivity that made it easier to navigate life’s roughest waters. His words were always genuine and from the heart. No matter how dark a moment might seem, he found the light and the hope in it, inspiring others to do the same.
A quiet, humble guy, with a twinkle in his eye, Ken was the ultimate gentleman. He was always available and never too busy to listen, lend a hand, sit with you to catch up and enjoy a hot coffee, cold beer or iced tea, and offer positive words of encouragement. He was wise beyond his schooling - master historian, architectural guru, firefighter and mechanic - always reading and learning.
Ken was a proud American who was drafted into the US Army and served in active combat zones during the Vietnam War for which he was awarded a Purple Heart. He had a deep love for his country and proudly displayed his American flags for every patriotic holiday. He was active with his local VA, attended weekly meetings with fellow combat veterans, many who became dear friends.