2004-07-28 / Obituaries

Elbert "Burt" L. Murphy

Elbert "Burt" L. Murphy

Elbert "Burt" L. Murphy

, a long time Cold Spring resident, died at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla on Friday, July 16, 2004 after battling leukemia.

Born in Ridgewood, NJ on March 25th, 1928, Mr. Murphy retired as a Senior Editor for CBS. He served as Home and Shop Editor at Mechanix Illustrated for 10 years, authoring more than 1,000 "how to" articles. Several stories in the 1980’s featured projects in Cold Spring. Prior to joining Mechanix Illustrated, he had edited other magazines devoted to photography and craftsmanship. Co-proprietor of an antiques shop specializing in Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Murphy created a replica of Holmes and Watson’s sitting room as described in the Conan Doyle stories. He became a cabinet maker during the 1990’s, starting a custom furniture business called Mycroft Holmes Woodworking.

Mr. Murphy joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a teenager during World War II, serving in China and later as a drill sergeant at Paris Island, NC. He learned photography in the Marine Corps and attended Columbia University for Journalism. He was a member of the Cold Spring Fire Company for several years.

A ferocious animal advocate, Burt trained and showed Welsh Terriers while living in New Jersey. In addition to wonderful neighbors, a godson and his former wife, Barbara Murphy, Burt is survived by Lucy, his beloved German Shepard and Archie, the parrot, whose "shenanigans" were often reported in words and photos in the Putnam County News almost twenty years ago.

A private cremation service has taken place. A Memorial Service is being planned for mid August. For information, call 518-434-1150. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Putnam County Humane Society, PO Box 297, Carmel, NY 10512 would be appreciated.

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