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Updated: 08/09/2014 08:00:03AM

Joseph R. Murphy

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Joseph R. “Murph” Murphy, 79, of Venice, Fla., passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014.

He was born March 13, 1935, in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y. Murph was an iron worker for Local 361 out of Brooklyn and helped to build the World Trade Center and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City.

He was a patriotic Army veteran of the Korean War, was a proud Irishman, loved his family and was an avid fisherman.

When Murph and Barb moved to Venice, Fla., in 1977, they started a landscaping service before moving on to the wholesale/retail business, working at the Dome Flea Market, which allowed them to travel throughout Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara; daughters, Patti, Lynda, Kathy and her husband Brian; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services: Per Murph’s wishes, services will be held privately. Interment is at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood, Fla. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. To leave the family your thoughts, memories and condolences , visit the online guestbook at:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making a donation to Tidewell Hospice at; or to consider the needs of his wife, Barbara.