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In Memory

Dr. Gary Murphy

Dr. Gary Murphy


Dr. Gary E. Murphy and his wife, Sandy.


Gary passed away at his residence on Monday, March 23, 2020. He was born in Beaver Falls, Pa. on Sunday, August 22, 1943. He is the son of the late Dr. Edward J. Murphy Jr. and Wilma (Gilmore) Murphy.‚Äč

He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Sandy Creighton); a son Jeffrey M. and his wife, Jessica; a son, Dr. Timothy S. and his wife, Suzanne; and six granddaughters, Ashley, Alison, Mollie, Gracyn, Emily and Lauren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy (Murphy), bother-in-law, Donald Rose and a nephew, Gary Rose.

Gary is a graduate of Beaver Falls High School, Class of 1961, as well as a graduate of Geneva College and the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He is a Third Generation Chiropractor who practiced in the Mount Jackson area of New Castle for 45 years. Gary was a member of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, the American Chiropractic Association and is a 50-year member of the Chippewa United Methodist Church. He sang in a Barbershop Chorus for 25 years and a Barbershop Quartet for 40 years. He loved to play golf with his family and friends.

There will be a Celebration of Gary's life at the Chippewa United Methodist Church at a later date due to the restrictions that have been imposed because of the COVID -19 pandemic.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chippewa United Methodist Church, 2545 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.


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04/03/20 12:42 PM #4    

Sandra Sims (Peyton)

So sorry to learn of Gary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and all the members of their family.

04/03/20 01:14 PM #5    

Thomas Courtice

A friend beginning in first grade at the old Fifth Avenue Elementary School through our days together in the Tiger Marching Band, Gary and I talked with each other several times every week if not every day. One of those rare "pals" from school days that isn't forgotten, now or in the future.   

04/03/20 06:43 PM #6    

Gary Moore

I'm saddened by Gary's passing.  "Murph" was such a kind and positive spirit that I felt better just to be around him.  What a blessing his spirit must have been to his practice as a healer!  My heart goes out to Sandy and the family and those close to him and grieving the loss of such a good, good man.    

04/04/20 12:47 PM #7    

Martha Hosack (Gurdin)

It is with a saddened heart that I am writing this. Gary was such a kind, caring individual. We all liked him and considered him a friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. 

I had a long conversation with Sandy yesterday. She was our neighbor and part of our large gang of neighborhood kids. We knew each other long before either of us met Gary. It is never easy to loose a spouse but this is a particularly difficult time. Sandy said she did not put an obituary in the local paper because she hopes to hold a memorial service at a later time. This climate is so isolating when she needs the comfort of freinds and family the most. She does not email or have a smart phone. I strongly encouraged her to get something and learn to use it. Steve and I  just had a long visit via FaceTime with our 13 year old grandson and I have done some virtual babysitting with our 6 year old grandson. Our granddaughters visit with us also and while these virutal visits certailnly cannot replace actual physical visits, they do provide a lot of comfort. 

I have Sandy's address and phone number but do not feel that I can share them on this open forum. However, you can send her cards to the church address and they will make sure she gets them. Include your own contact information so she has a way to reach you.If you message me and send me your email, I can gvie you a way to contact her directly. Sandy says she does have that book of contact information that Debbie and Louise compiled several years ago but many have changed information since that time. 

Stay safe. Martha



04/04/20 03:39 PM #8    

Richard Allen

Wow---- so sad and my codolences to his family.A dear friend since we were 5 years old. Summer mornings his mom would make us coffee,milk and sugar ---98% milk and sugar .Elementry,jr high,high school, college we remained close friends. I was king of 19 th st and Gary 21 street. Gary was the founder of that infamous singing group The Friends Five that roamed the valley and dances during 60/61 putting on shows . I'm sure all remember us ( Gary,Tom C. Ray G,Dale S ,and yours truly ).I won't mention our Saturday night drives into Ohio --- but what a blast,I think. We have lost a great friend.In just wish we would have stayed in touch over the last "umpteen" tears but the growing up memories wii never fade

04/04/20 06:56 PM #9    

Pauline Young (Morgan)

My deepest condolences for Gray's family. I was glad to see him at the class reunion in New Galilee. Hoping he is now in resting in peace and I'm sure he will be missed by many family, friends and other classmates.
God Bless !
Pauline Morgan

04/05/20 10:14 AM #10    

Martha Dean (Hoegle)

I know all that knew Gary are saddened at the news of his death.  My heart and prayers goes out to his wife, Sandy, his sons and their families.  I have known Gary since 8th grade.  We both were in the Beaver Falls High School Band and share many memories during those years in parades, concerts, band camps, practices and performing at half time shows at football games.  Gary was always pleasant and kind to others.  Only God knows how many lives that he has touched in his life.  During 45 years of faithfully serving his patients he would have touched so many lives and I know all of them will miss him, but are thankful that he was in their life.  Sandy, I know it is hard to lose your husband.  I went through that eight years ago, but I also know that God, your children, grandchildren, family and friends will comfort you through it.   Gary loved music and now he is enjoying the most beautiful music he has ever heard plus being in the presence of God and all of the saints.  God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but have eternal life.  God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  John 3:16-17.

04/05/20 10:11 PM #11    

Russell Greata


Losing Gary and reading all the wonderful comments classmates have written reminds me again how often I think that our class has always been made up of good people.

In Memory comments for all deceased classmates so often provide information about the person’s interests, work, or character that only increases my appreciation both for each classmate and for our class as a whole.  Similarly, the earlier tributes to Gary gave me new information and even more appreciation for Gary, and convey how high our regard for him is.

We will clearly miss having Gary with us when we gather together in 2021, but we certainly will not forget knowing him and his positive impact on us.  As so many of you pointed out, Gary was such a good guy.  His life improved the quality of ours.

04/18/20 07:39 PM #12    

Janet Belkowski (MacCrindle)

Sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Remembered him in high school and our reunions, peace and comfort and prayers to the family.


04/19/20 01:02 PM #13    

Karen Rauchfuss (Weber)

I may have been Gary's first girlfriend,  I remember his Dad driving us to the movies ( grade school) .  Gary was always the gentleman and is so fondly remembered.  

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