John Richard ‘Jack’ Murtagh

SHARON — John Richard “Jack” Murtagh, 77, passed away April 25, 2019, at Saint Francis Hospital after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Deborah (Lee) Murtagh for 36 years.

Jack was born on Jan. 27, 1942, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Alice (Hamilton) and John Murtagh. He was a lifelong resident of Sharon and a 1960 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

Jack was a manager at the A&P Supermarket early in his career and purchased the Sharon Package Store in 1978, which he owned and operated until recently. Many people would stop in the store and grab a newspaper or some cheer just for the opportunity to chat with Jack. 

Jack was a 55 year member of the Sharon Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Squad. He was a highly valued member who brought tremendous experience and knowledge to every call. He was calm and composed even during the toughest of calls. He was known for his endless commitment to serve others over himself. He had a titanium work ethic and infectious personality. He would stop at nothing to help anyone in need. It was common for him to work 14 hours in his store and respond to a call in the middle of the night, without hesitation or complaint. He never expected to be thanked for his service; it was his calling. On the second Sunday of every month, Jack could faithfully be found working at the pancake breakfast fundraiser at the firehouse. 

He was also an avid gardener and grew enough produce in his two large gardens to feed a small army. 

Jack treasured his family and especially adored his grandchildren. He made sure that holidays were always special and memorable. He taught those around him the value of hard work, service  and living a humble life. 

Jack is survived by his six children, Brian Murtagh and his wife, TJ, of Sharon, Scott Murtagh of Torrington, Melissa Woodin and her husband, George, of Kent, Jason Murtagh and his wife, Hilary, of Cohoes, N.Y., Jeff Murtagh of Torrington and Matt Murtagh of North Canaan; his eight beloved grandchildren, Lauren, Robert, Camryn, Danielle, Sabrina, Brooke, Caden and Emma; his brother, Joe Murtagh of Millerton; and his many brothers and sisters in the Sharon Fire and Ambulance Departments. 

Calling hours will be held at the Sharon firehouse on Friday, May 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Sharon on Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Sharon Fire Department and/or the Sharon Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 357, Sharon, CT 06069. 

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has charge of his arrangements.