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Norwalk Police Officers Pay Final Respects To Lt. Tim Murphy

Members of the Norwalk Police Department, joined by former chief and current Mayor Harry Rilling, salute retired Lt. Tim Murphy after his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan.
Members of the Norwalk Police Department, joined by former chief and current Mayor Harry Rilling, salute retired Lt. Tim Murphy after his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
Norwalk police officers prepare to fold a U.S. flag for Lt. Tim Murphy after his Mass of Christian Burial.
Norwalk police officers prepare to fold a U.S. flag for Lt. Tim Murphy after his Mass of Christian Burial. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
Retired Norwalk Police Lt. Tim Murphy died last month after a battle with cancer.
Retired Norwalk Police Lt. Tim Murphy died last month after a battle with cancer. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
The Norwalk Police Honor Guard pays their final respects to retired Lt. Tim Murphy at the church.
The Norwalk Police Honor Guard pays their final respects to retired Lt. Tim Murphy at the church. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
Westport police pay their respects at the Mass of Christian Burial for retired Norwalk police Lt. Tim Murphy.
Westport police pay their respects at the Mass of Christian Burial for retired Norwalk police Lt. Tim Murphy. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. — With a final salute from the officers, the chief and the mayor, the Norwalk Police Department bid farewell to retired Lt. Tim Murphy on Saturday.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Murphy at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan.

"A tremendous showing of love and respect for a great man. We miss you Murph," the department said in a Facebook post.

"Thank you New Canaan Police Department for your assistance. Thank you Connecticut State Police , Greenwich Police and Town of Westport Police Department for your assistance as well."

Mayor Harry Rilling, the former police chief, joined the officers in mourning at the church.

Murphy, 55, died Jan. 29 at age 55 of cancer. He served as a lieutenant with the Norwalk Police Department, where he had a 33-year career.

Just days after retiring from the department last spring, Murphy was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He died last week at his home in Florida.

Murphy was born in Bronxville, N.Y., on Sept. 13, 1960, the son of John and Alice Dolan Murphy. He was raised in New Canaan, attended Trinity Pawling Prep School, was a graduate of St. Leo College, and received his master’s degree from the University of New Haven.

In addition to his 33 years of service with Norwalk Police, Murphy was also an avid hockey player and a founding member of the Norwalk Police Hockey Team. He was also an adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberley Murphy; his stepdaughters Nicole and Danielle; his brothers John, David and Brian; his sisters Karen and Joanne; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his brothers in blue.

Calling hours and arrangement were handled by Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to National Hockey League Foundation — Hockey Fights Cancer and sent to: Ann Marie Lynch, Director Community Relations, National Hockey League, 1185 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.

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