‘Murf the Surf,’ One-Time City Resident Turned Celebrity Thief, is Dead

Standout athlete at McKeesport High School became notorious criminal, prison preacher

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
September 15, 2020
Posted in: History, McKeesport and Region News

Jack Roland Murphy, better known as “Murf the Surf,” in a 2016 interview on the Christian Television Network program, “Homekeepers.” Murphy died Saturday in Florida at age 83. (Screenshot via YouTube)

One of McKeesport’s most notorious former residents — Jack Roland Murphy — has died in Florida at age 83.

Known as “Murf the Surf,” Murphy was born in California but lived in the city as a teen-ager and was a stand-out athlete and musician at McKeesport High School.

But it was after leaving Western Pennsylvania…

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