Edwin “E.J.” Murphy
September 1, 2022
Edwin “E.J.” Murphy, 53, of Hanover Township, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, surrounded by his loving wife and family after a long courageous battle with ALS
E.J. was born in Wilkes-Barre, and was preceded in death by parents, Jed and Janyce Askew Murphy; infant, sister Kimberly. He was a 1986 graduate of Meyers High School. E.J. proudly served for 24 years in the Army National Guard, 109th Field Artillery. He retired from SCI Dallas as a correction officer.
Surviving is his wife of 23 years, the former Sally Maloney; children, E.J., Zach, and Maggie; sister, Kelly Polanowski and her husband, Joe, Wilkes-Barre; brother-in-law, Ron; sisters-in-laws, Dorothy (J.P.) and Molly; nieces and nephews, Kelsey, Joey, Casey, Avaya (granddaughter), Nicole (Bob), Brittany (Brandon), Ashley, Jesse, Jordan, Lacey, John, Kinsley, Izzy and Cameron. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
E.J. was a devoted father, who loved to be involved in every aspect of his children’s lives, especially sports and out of school activities. E.J. was a staple in the Hanover area community as a mentor and coach to all three of his children and their teammates. He was known for his great sense of humor and his generosity. He was a man of few words but a humble, good listener and a protector who was loved and admired by all.
His strength was tested in 2017 when he was diagnosed with ALS. He faced it with bravery and courage from the first moment to the last moment. He went from being the strongest person physically to the strongest person mentally. E.J. remained strong for his wife, children, and family. He persevered through ALS and had the best support team of family and friends. A special thank you to his best friends who were always there for him to the very end, Jude, Scarlett and Greg and Uncle Bob Askew who was more of a father figure than an uncle.
His strength and courage impressed family, friends, and doctors as he fought this horrific disease. His strength came from his deep love for his wife and children. He wanted to be here to be a part of their lives for as long as he physically could.
The family would like to thank the staff of GWV ICU for their compassionate care, Dr Niak, Dr Kerrigan and Erwin’s home health and especially Christine and Kim who loved him just as much as he did them. An extra special heart felt thank you to E.J.’s niece Brittany for her unconditional love, laughter and care. He appreciated everything she did for him.
E.J. was the best husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. To say he will be miss is an understatement.
The family will be hosting an Irish wake in the near future.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Rev. J. Duane Gavitt, Pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Bear Creek, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday from 5-8 pm at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent by visiting E.J.’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.