Thomas Murphy, who retired to live full time Montauk in 2003 after leaving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, died of congestive heart failure on Friday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was 63.
Mr. Murphy was born on Jan. 5, 1948, to Charles Murphy and the former Eileen Nolan in Brooklyn. He attended St. Clare’s Elementary School in Queens, St. John’s Preparatory School in Brooklyn, and St. John’s University.
He joined the Air Force in May 1966 and rose to the rank of sergeant before being discharged in 1970. He served in Guam maintaining B-52 bombers and also worked on Loran navigation systems and at Norad bomb-control sites. At the M.T.A., he rose to the position of foreman in the power department.
He was a member of the Varuna Boat Club in Brooklyn, where he held several posts, including fleet captain, captain, and president. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Brooklyn. In his free time he enjoyed cooking, photography, and fishing, his family said.
Mr. Murphy, who never married, is survived by a brother, Daniel Murphy of Montauk, and four sisters, Barbara Kieffer of West Islip, Kathleen DeAngelo of Oceanside, Virginia Baird of Albany, and Maureen Schnibbe of Ridgewood, N.J. He also is survived by eight nieces and nephews and five great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A Mass will be said at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk at 10 a.m. on Monday. He will be buried at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the Montauk Ambulance Company, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk 11954.