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John R. Murtagh  With a Smile  a keepsake from Memoir for Me memoirforme.com
Dedicated to John Robert Murtagh, husband, Daddy, Dad, Butch, a man who is funny, smart, strong, leader, thinker, learner,...
   Heirlooms we don   t have in our family. But stories we   ve got.                -Rose Cherin
John in front of his childhood home in 1995.  John Robert Murtagh was born in New York City on January 26, 1944. He was na...
John grew up in a brownstone at 606 61st Street in Bay Ridge, a neighborhood of Brooklyn. The house, which still stands to...
The triplets in 1966  note bars on window      Lala and Dad    - John   s paternal grandparents  Ann also drove John  Sr. ...
John and Patty hung out so much that they earned their own nickname     The Slick Chick and Snappy Chappy.    John   s Aun...
Joe Lies and his son,1975  Patty and John  with a prom date , 1961  Around this time, John met someone who would become on...
Joe Lies continued to keep a careful eye out for young John. That period when I was a teenager was very difficult. Joe wou...
From L-R  Joe Mutagh, Michael  Patty   s son , Mike Price  Patty   s husband , Rob Murtagh, Kimberly  Patty   s daughter ,...
I was about 24 years old and I had made up my mind I had to get married. And all of a sudden, I realize that Marge might b...
Honeymooning in Bermuda, 1971  John, Marge and baby Patricia, 1973  John and Marge honeymooned in Bermuda then started the...
The Murtaghs didn   t know anyone in the Midwest, but fortunately they had others in the same boat. A whole east coast gro...
John, Patricia, and Karen, 1980  But we also taught them they had to work. Money for life had to come from their own pocke...
Prior to having kids, John had not attended church since age 15. Marge said if the kids are going to church, we are all go...
Teaching son John the fine art of ties, 1994  Summer trip with the Dwyers and Reillys, 1981  Age was not a part of this th...
Everyone who reported to me had an MBA and I was in charge. I couldn   t even use a calculator. So much of what he learned...
Leading a penguin talk at the Shedd, 2004  Santa spreading joy in 2011  In addition to spending time with his kids and gra...
After a life filled with professional success, a happy marriage, successful children, loads of grandchildren, and a lot of...
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Birthday traditions through the years.