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1 of 26 | Posted by: Christopher Pugliese - CT

“Debbie, Mike and Mickey, Words cannot express how very sorry I am for the loss of your son Danny. This is definitely in the category of those hard...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Cornetta Eisele

“Uncle Mike, Aunt Debbie, and Mickey,Words cannot describe our feelings. We will miss Danny very much. He was incredibly talented and left a...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Ailene Murphy

“Dear Debbie, Mike, and the Murphy Family,The Posey family wishes to convey our sorrow for your loss. Danny will and always be a part of the warm and...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Gizelle Tircuit-Posey - CT

“Dear Murphy Family, There are no words to describe how so very sorry I am for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Danny at 2 restaurants on...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Brooke Story Buonomo

“Dear Mike and Debbie,Our deepest and sincere sympathies to you and your family regarding the passing of your son Daniel. May the beautiful memories...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Carol Mcguffick - Ivoryton, CT

“To the Murphy Family,While his obituary is impressively written and in many ways speaks for itself, I'm appreciative that I called Dan a friend and...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Marcus Stergio - Boston, MA

“To Mike, Debbie, family and friends. Please accept my families most heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. I spent many afternoons watching...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: David King - Groton, CT

“To all of the Murphy family and friends. I am saddened by your loss. Cherish the memories that you have with Dan. You are in my thoughts and...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Deborah Zglobis - Norwich, CT

“To the Murphys - My sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss. It was such a pleasure working with Dan for the past several months, and I feel...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Jon Achor - Groton, CT

“Debbie, Mike and family,There are no words to make your loss better. Just know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,The...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Paula Furber - Oakdale, CT

“Mike, Debbie, and family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We are deeply saddened by your loss and hope that the...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Debbie and MikeOur deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the memories you have of Daniel comfort you now and forever.Dave and Wendy Lusk ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: David and Wendy Lusk - Uncasville, CT

“Dear Debbie, Mike, Mick and Sarah,Our hearts are heavy due to the news of the tremendous loss your family has experienced. The beautifully written...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Georgette Hugger - Jupiter, FL

“Debbie and Mike -- our hearts are breaking for you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Connie and Greg Kamedulski ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Connie Packard Kamedulski

“Dan you worked for me at Legal and my restaurant for many years and I always knew you would always learn the station or the task input in front of...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Stephen rosenbluth

“Dear Deb and Mike, Please accept my deepest sympathy in your tragic loss.His talents were only exceeded by his good looks and personality. God...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Lin LaPierre - Quaker Hill, CT

“Dear Murphy family and friends of Daniel , I never met Danny but I know Kimberly and she and her family are grieving also , my heart goes out to all...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara vath

“Mike, Debbie & MikWords cannot express the heartfelt sorrow and heartache Rit and I feel for you all. Daniel was a wonderful your man and I was...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Deb and Mike - We are so truly saddened to hear about the passing of your son Daniel. You, your family and Daniel are in our thoughts and...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Debbie, Mike, and Mickey, Please know that our hearts are breaking for you. We have no words....other than that you and Danny are in our thoughts and...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Jeanne and Rich Chrimes

“Debbie, Mike and Mickey, We were so saddened by the sudden loss of Dan. We are happy that he was part of our lives when he dated Melissa in high...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Roger & Sheryl Lambert

“We only had a short time together, but you absolutely made an incredible impact on me. I'm so happy to have been a part of your life, if only for a...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Amy Crash Malinowsky

“Debbie, Mike, n Mickey I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for you. I didn't know Danny when he got older but everything I remember of him...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Eric Davis

“Debbie, Mike and Micky... I have no words to adequately express the sadness in my heart.. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and heartbreak you now...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara McCarthy

“Dear Mike, Debbie, and Mick,My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always remember Danny as a sweet, creative and...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Lee Ann Palladino - Old Saybrook, CT


Oakdale-Daniel Patrick Murphy, 31, of Oakdale, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 26, 2016. He was born January 8, 1985, in New London, Connecticut, the son of Michael J. and Debra K. (LaSala) Murphy. Dan was a 2003 graduate of Montville High School, where he was an accomplished athlete. He was a four-year starter in goal for the soccer team, lettered in track, and excelled as a wrestler. In 2003, he was an individual state champion and a member of Montville High's state championship wrestling team. He enrolled at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he had one impressive season as starting goalkeeper for the intercollegiate soccer team. Dan's talents were not confined to the playing field. He was a gifted artist from an early age, and his family loved to display his work at home. His true passion, however, was music. A multi-instrumentalist who mastered the drum set and the guitar, he enjoyed composing original music. He wrote and performed all of the instrumental components of his songs, and used his computer to piece together each layer of the final recording. He often described the act of writing and playing music as invigorating and life-affirming. After leaving college, he worked in several restaurants and bars in southeastern Connecticut before migrating to his ancestral homeland: Long Island, New York. With his trusty knife kit, Dan was a diligent culinary worker whose pursuit of employment led him to restaurants throughout Nassau County. He developed considerable skill working in seafood preparation, and only recently returned to Connecticut, where he was employed at Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme. He is survived by his parents, along with his brother, Mick, his future sister-in-law, Sarah, his dog best friend, Max, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Jenny and Salvatore LaSala and Ailene and Michael Murphy. He will be missed most for his warm smile, his comedic timing, and his relentless quest to bring laughter to a room. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday (Dec. 1st) from 4-7 pm at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to a charity of your choice. Please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com to view the online video tribute or to leave a condolence message for Dan's family.

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