Obituary: Roger Francis Murphy |

Obituary: Roger Francis Murphy

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated April 5 for Roger Francis Murphy, who died March 31, 2001. He was 64.

Mr. Murphy was a native of Oakland, Calif., and graduated from St. Mary’s High School and St. Mary’s College. He was the founder of the Blue and Gold Fleet in San Francisco and past president of the Passenger Vessel Association. Mr. Murphy was a resident of South Lake Tahoe from 1996 to 1998, where he was manager of the Tahoe division of Hornblower Cruises. He was the holder of four World Hydroplane Records and the recipient of the Joe Morgan Youth Foundation award.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Judith Murphy; children Kelly O’Donnell and Stephen, Roger Jr. “Skip,” Patrick and Michael Murphy; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Christopher, David, Joseph and Christina; brother, Jay Murphy; and sister, Judith Ortman. He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Murphy.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. April 5 at St. Mary’s College Chapel, followed by a reception at the Soda Center, Moraga, Calif.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Mary’s College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 4300, Moraga, CA 94575.

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