Lyle S. "Pat" Murphy, 70, a retired Fairfax businessman who had been co-owner of Murphy Brothers Inc., which included the Fairfax and Baileys Crossroads Yellow Cab companies, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Sept. 17 at his home in Falls Church.
Mr. Murphy had been a member of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department since 1943. He was a past president of the department and a board member. He served as fire marshal of Falls Church from the late 1960s until the early 1970s.
A lifelong resident of Fairfax, Mr. Murphy graduated from Fairfax High School. During World War II, he started Falls Church Yellow Cab with one car. In the mid-1950s, he and his brother, Richard P. Murphy, who owned and operated Baileys Crossroads Yellow Cab, merged their businesses. Murphy Brothers Inc. later grew to include a tire company and a moving company.
The business was sold in 1969. Mr. Murphy then operated a construction business in Fairfax and later worked as a parts manager for Transportation Inc. in Arlington. He retired in 1985.
His marriage to Mary Murphy ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, O. Ruth Murphy of Falls Church; two children from his second marriage, E. Stanley Murphy of Charlottesville and Sharon Colleen Murphy Smith of Falls Church; and two brothers, Richard of Waynesboro, Pa., and Judge William R. Murphy of Manansss, a judge on the Prince William County General District Court.
Lew Feldherr, 91, a retired government lawyer and former Washington and Rockville resident who lived in this area from 1946 to 1968, died Sept. 16 at a hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., after a heart attack. He lived in Largo, Fla.
Mr. Feldherr was a graduate of City College of New York and New York University's law school. He practiced law in his native New York City until joining the government in 1942. He was a lawyer with the Treasury Department and War Assets Administration before retiring as a trial lawyer with the Veterans Administration's veterans education appeals board.
His wife of 42 years, the former Ethel Wagner, died in 1966. Survivors include his wife, the former Lillian Rose, whom he married in 1968 and who lives in Largo, Fla.; two daughters by his first marriage, Eleanor Bien of Fairfax and Carol Skydell of Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; two brothers, Aaron, of Ellenville, N.Y., and Murray, of Florida; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
CAROLYN MAE BONKOWSKI
Former Riverdale Resident
Carolyn Mae Bonkowski, 45, a former Riverdale resident, died of cancer Sept. 15 at a hospital in Hollywood, Fla.
Mrs. Bonkowski, who lived in Miramar, Fla., was born in Washington. She graduated from DuVal High School in Lanham.
She moved to Florida in 1981.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Bonkowski, and three children, Richard and Mark Bonkowski and Cathleen LeGrand, all of Miramar; her parents, Cora Lee and Vernon Elmor Hicks of Orange, Va.; two sisters, June Weckesser of Landover Hills and Debra Fox of Laurel; and two grandchildren.