George Michael Murphy


George was born in Brooklyn, NY, on March 11, 1930. He grew up in New York and Pinehurst NC. He attended High School at Brooklyn Prep and attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, before volunteering for the draft in 1951 during the Korean War. George finished college under the GI Bill at the University of Miami (BBA) and Florida State University (MPA).

First and foremost, George loved his family. He adored his beautiful wife of 55 years, Bjorg Grosfjeld of Stavanger, Norway. George and Bjorg were married in Miami, FL in 1964 and recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Together, they have four wonderful children: Karen Pellicore of Denver, CO (Rich); Leif Murphy of Nashville, TN (Paula); Niels Murphy of Jacksonville, FL (Lynne); and Daniel Murphy of Nashville, TN (Sara). George and Bjorg have 12 loving grandchildren ranging from 33 to 7 months old. The Murphy�s have been residents of Fernandina Beach for 39 years.

George had a distinguished career in law enforcement and corporate security. He served in federal, state and local law enforcement in progressively responsible positions including New York State Patrolman; New York State Trooper; Detective Sergeant, Metro Dade, Miami; and Supervisory U.S. Customs Special Agent.

George went on to work as the Administrator of the University of Georgia Institute of Government and Police Science Department, and then assumed the role of SE Region Administrator for the Department of Justice and LEAA.

From 1974 until 1984, George helped build the domestic and international security programs for IBM, pioneering programs in information security and then assumed the role as Head of Global Security for Mobil Corporation before retiring in 1995.

One of George�s favorite roles was his service as Chairman of the Golf Course Advisory Committee and president of the Fernandina Beach Men�s Golf Association where he built many lifelong friendships. While in his 70�s, George won overall club championships at both the Fernandina Beach Golf Club and the Golf Club of Amelia Island, scoring in the low 70s and well below his age.

George was happiest when surrounded by his family. The stories and adventures he shared will live on for generations to come! George is loved by his family and his many friends and will be celebrated and missed.

In lieu of any flowers which are prohibited under COVID-19, please consider making a donation to St. Michael�s Academy in George�s name.

Due to Covid 19, services will be private and limited to immediate family only.