Michael J. "Murph" Murphy, a former city police detective who later owned a bar and managed a deli and a restaurant, died Feb. 18 at his Mallard Lakes, Del., home of complications of coronary and vascular disease. He was 68.
The son of William Murphy, an accountant, and May Murphy, a homemaker, Michael John Murphy was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans.
After graduating in 1964 from City College, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was discharged in 1969.
He joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1969 and was a patrolman in the Northeastern District until being promoted to detective. When he retired in 1977, he was assigned to the Eastern District.
In 1977, Mr. Murphy and a fellow police officer established the Irish Derby Tavern on York Road near Belvedere Avenue, which they owned and operated until 1983.
Mr. Murphy, who was known as "Murph," and his partner, also managed the New York Deli in Stoneleigh and the Tom Jones Restaurant, located in Glenmore Towers.
Mr. Murphy moved to Fenwick Island, Del., in 1999, where he worked as a caterer and tended bar at several local restaurants. At the time of his death, he was working as a bartender at Scotty's Bayside Tavern in Fenwick Island.
He was a member of St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Ocean City.
He was an Orioles, Ravens and Terps basketball fan.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Road, Annapolis.
Mr. Murphy is survived by his daughter, Brooke Murphy Poindexter of Annapolis; two brothers, William Murphy of Baltimore and John Murphy of Atlanta; two sisters, Vallee Lang and Mary Ellen Christopher, both of Perry Hall; and two granddaughters. His marriage to the former Sharon Stadelman ended in divorce.