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Timothy Murphy Jr., 82, shipfitter, amateur historian

Timothy Murphy Jr., a retired shipfitter and amateur historian, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of undetermined causes. The Columbia resident was 82.

Mr. Murphy was born in Providence, R.I., where he graduated from high school. He joined the Army Air Forces in 1942. He was an airplane mechanic and trained flight crews at air bases throughout the South during World War II.

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After he was discharged from the service, he returned to Rhode Island and worked at several jobs. He retired in 1982 from the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, where he was a shipfitter who helped build nuclear submarines.

Mr. Murphy was an avid amateur historian. After he moved to Columbia 10 years ago, he became absorbed in the history of the Civil War and visited many sites.

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A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, R.I.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Velna Claire Martin; a son, Brian Aldege Murphy of Hope Valley, R.I.; two daughters, Sharon Diane Holsten of Ellicott City and Patricia Ann Philip of White Bear Lake, Minn.; three sisters, Patricia Murphy and Gertrude Kelly of Portsmouth, R.I., and Eileen Williams of Foxboro, Mass.; and four grandchildren.


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