On Saturday May 8, 2021, Daniel E. “Danny” Murphy, 80, of Cape Coral, Fla. (Formerly of Carmel, NY) passed away with his family by his side.
Born in Manhattan on July 5, 1940, he was the son of the late Bernard and Estelle Murphy. On September 16, 1962, he married the love of his life Pam, who survived at home.
Danny’s career has revolved around his love for classic cars, old and new, and his skills as a mechanic. He opened his first auto repair / filling service station, Dan’s Service Center, in the Bronx, NY in 1960. He continued to own and operate several auto service centers in Dutchess County. In 1984, he joined his son-in-law for five years at North Country Construction, building homes in Putnam and Westchester counties. In 1990 his passion brought him back to the automotive industry and he opened Murphy’s Auto Center in Millbrook, NY. In 2005 Danny retired and his son Joe became the owner. Soon after, he and Pam became “snowbirds,” dividing their time between North Ft. Myers, Florida and Carmel, NY. Although retired, he never slowed down, filling his days with house projects, gardening, car shows, social events with their large circle of friends and creating oil paintings. contemporary oil, which he loved to share with his friends. When he took the time to relax, he was frequently found listening to 1950s music or cheering on his beloved NY Yankees.
Although he is passionate about cars, there is nothing he is more passionate about than his family. While he enjoyed his hobbies in Florida, he especially looked forward to traveling up north to spend birthdays and vacations with his family.
He is survived by his wife Pam of 58 years, his sons John of Milan, NY and Joseph (Leslie) of Salt Point, NY and his daughter, Debra Lewis (Robert Lewis, deceased) of Milan, NY, his grandchildren ; Daniel Lewis (Joan), Melissa Rosenberg (Brad), John Jr, (Kim), Nicholas, Alex, Joseph Jr. (Katerina) Matthew, Amanda Murphy and great grandchildren; Gracie Lewis, Reagan Murphy, Briella and Jaxson Rosenberg. He is also survived by his sister Joyce (Harold) Schaefer. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Robert Lewis.
A memorial service will be held in July.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to: St. Jude’s Children Hospital.