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Wayne T. Brophy

Wayne T. Brophy

Owner/Funeral Director

Wayne has been practicing as a licensed funeral director for over 27 years.  A 1987 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and a 1988 graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Wayne holds a degree in business administration and a diploma in mortuary science.  Wayne is married to Darcy.   Together they have three children; Matt is a a student at the University of Rochester and studies Bio-Chemistry, Alex  studies music at Nazareth College in Pittsford, NY and Mary is a student at Penfield High School.  Wayne has been associated with the Murphy family since the late 1980's when Mike Murphy went to Simmons in Syracuse where Wayne was the Dean of Students.

Telephone: 1-315-524-4621

Email: info@murphyfuneralservices.com


Eric Van Zeilen

Eric Van Zeilen

Owner/Funeral Director

Eric has been a licensed funeral director since 2008.  A graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School in 2002, where he played football and helped start the rugby club. Eric attended Lemoyne College in Syracuse, earning at B.A. in Psychology, where he also played rugby.  While attending Lemoyne, Eric was inspired to study mortuary science and pursue a career in funeral service.  He attended Simmons Institute where he obtained a Mortuary Science degree in 2007.  In 2011, Eric married Amanda and together they have twin children, Emma and Ford and daughter Allie. Outside of work, Eric belongs to the Palmyra-Macedon Rotary Club, is on the board with the Palmyra Community Center and is current President of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.  When he is not working, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, children and friends.  He also enjoys watching and studying movies, watching football, baseball and playing golf.


Telephone: 1-315-524-4621

Email: eric@murphyfuneralservices.com


Stephen G. Murphy

Stephen G. Murphy

Former Owner/Funeral Director


1942-2017

Stephen (Steve) was licensed as a  funeral director in 1964.  He served his country as a member of the United States Army.  Steve graduated from Wayne Central High School and the Simmons School of Mortuary Science.  He completed his residency in Queens, NY and returned home to work along side his father Del.  Steve continued to be a part of our operations until his passing on January 30, 2017.  He was a great visionary and had helped develop Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapels into one of the leading funeral establishments in Wayne County.  

Telephone: 1-315-524-4621


Michael Patrick Murphy

Michael Patrick Murphy

Owner/Funeral Director

1970-2012 


Michael (Mike) Murphy was a third generation funeral director.  Sadly, Mike passed away, in 2012, at the young age of 41.  Mike was married to Kris and together they had two boys; Colin and Shaun.  Mike was a graduate of Wayne Central High School and Simmons Institute of Funeral Service.  He was an active member of the Select Independent Funeral Directors Association, The National Funeral Directors Association, the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.  Mike was involved in numerous local civic organizations.  He was a Paul Harris Fellow.  The community misses Mike and each day the staff of the Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapels  try to honor his legacy by doing a good job for the families they serve.


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