John J. Dunphy Jr.

Published on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 20:47


John J. Dunphy Jr., 70, of Bristol, loving husband of Brenda (Goulet) Dunphy, died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. John was born in Southington on March 28, 1948, and was one of seven children of the late John J. Dunphy Sr. and Lucille (Mayville) Dunphy. He was raised in Farmington where he graduated from Farmington High School. He served his Country in the U.S. Army as a member of the 1st Infantry Division known as the “Big Red One.” He served a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-1969 as a 105 MM Howitzer Assistant Gunner.

After his Vietnam service, he went to work for the New Britain Post Office for 25 years before retiring. A proud Vietnam vet, he was a member of the American Legion Seicheprey Post 2 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5. Family was very important to John and he especially enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, John is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Dunphy-Ruggiero and husband, Michael of Vernon, and Karen Dunphy George and husband, Gregory, of Selinsgrove, Penn.; five siblings, Rosemarie Goulet of Florida, Laurie Flood of Avon, Patricia Woodard of Frenchman’s Landing, Fla., Timothy Dunphy of Farmington, and Mary Dunphy of Hobe Sound, Fla.; his five grandchildren, Jakob and Madison Ruggiero, and Hunter, Parker, and Spencer George; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, James Dunphy. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA, 02241-7005. Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, is assisting the family. Please visit John’s memorial website at

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 20:47. Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2018 20:49.