Dr. Carl Irving Murphy Jr.

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Dr. Carl I. Murphy Jr., 91
SOUTH PORTLAND - Dr. Carl I. Murphy Jr., 91, of South Portland, passed away at the Maine Veterans' Home in Scar-borough, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
Carl was born in South Portland, Nov. 10, 1927, to Carl l. Murphy Sr. and Alice (Skillings) Murphy.
After graduating from South Portland High School in 1946, he held different jobs, including three years with the SPFD, and served two years in the U.S. Army as a radio operator. In 1955, he married Estelle Grant. Carl went on to study pre-optometry at the University of Maine, Portland. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Optometry (New England College of Optometry) in 1962. Upon graduation through 1989, Dr. Murphy had a private practice, after which he continued with Dr. Francis Robbins for seven years until retirement.
Dr. Murphy held many offices with professional organizations. He served as president of the Maine Optometry Association (1980), as well as different positions within the New England Council of Optometry, culminating with its presidency in 1986.
Carl was active in many fraternal and service organizations. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, past master of Hiram Lodge, and held high office in York Rite and Scottish Rite Masonry. Dr. Murphy helped organize and participated in an annual Teddy Bear golf scramble fundraiser to support the Children's Dyslexia Center in Portland. He was also a member of the Kora Shrine, and past president of the South Portland Lion's Club.
Carl attended and was a member of the First Congregational Church in South Portland, and a member of the Eskimos Men's club.
In his mid-40s, Carl took up both skiing and running, which he continued to enjoy into his 70s. He participated in the Maine Senior games numerous years. He was a member of the Woodford's Club in Portland and played in their pool league. He most enjoyed golfing through his late 80s as a longtime member of Purpoodock Golf Club.
Carl was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Estelle Murphy; his sisters, Ida Stiles and Betty Kimball; and his brother, Kenneth Murphy.
Carl will be missed but always remembered by his son, Greg Murphy, and daughter-in-law, Glori (Bolio) Murphy, of South Portland; daughter, Deborah Tuminski, of Vinalhaven; and his five grandchildren.
The family wishes to express special thanks and appreciation for the staff at the Maine Veterans' Home for the loving care they gave Carl.
Visitation and funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at
Hobbs Funeral Home,
230 Cottage Rd., South Portland, followed by a reception at the Elizabeth Hobbs Hospitality Center. Burial will take place Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Cemetery, Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of Hobbs Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers,
please send memorial donations to:
Children's Dyslexia Center
in Portland
1897 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

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South Portland, ME 04106-3802
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 30, 2017
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