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In Memoriam – Patrick Joseph Murphy, Sr.

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Patrick Joseph Murphy, Sr.

Patrick Joseph Murphy, Sr., born on September 30, 1940 and Baptized with the Hope of Christ’s Resurrection, passed away peacefully November 7, 2019.  Married for 53 years to Jean (nee Pape); loving Father to Patrick Jr. (Laura), Heather, Michael Shea (Laurie), and Sean Christopher; affectionately called Pops by his grandchildren Megan Murphy, Anne Marie Murphy, Michael Murphy, Patrick Murphy III, and Joseph Murphy; son of the late Jerry J. and Ruth C. Murphy; brother of the late Mary Fuegner (Rich); uncle, cousin, and friend.

A real character and full of life, he spent 58 years as a Vice President of the Company that he loved, Murphy Company Mechanical Contractor and Engineers, the largest mechanical contractor in St Louis.  He treasured his time working closely with the skilled crafts who also became his life-long friends.  A rancher at heart, he and Jean purchased a property in Beulah, Missouri in 2003.  “It’s a Boy” and “It’s a Girl” flags proudly raised whenever a new cow was born into the herd.

A perfect mix of his Irish and German heritage; hard working, dedicated, stubborn, always right, and quick to turn any situation into an opportunity for a story or joke.  He lived by the mantra LTD, “Listen, think, do”, which his children always heard him say anytime when an important decision was required.

Services: Monday November 11, 2019, Visitation 9:00 am, Catholic Mass 10:00 am, Ascension Catholic Church, 230 Santa Maria Drive, Chesterfield, MO  63005.  Internment for family at Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s name to The St. Patrick Center, 800 N Tucker Blvd., St Louis, MO  63101 would be greatly appreciated.

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Former Western Specialty Contractors COO Jim Rechtin, Sr. Passes Away

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Western Specialty Contractors announced recently the passing of former Chief Operating Officer Jim Rechtin, Sr. on Sept. 17 following a battle with cancer.

Rechtin officially retired from Western on Jan. 1, 2018 after 46 years of dedicated service to the company. He started working for Western in 1971 as a laborer, then was promoted to foreman two years later, then to Superintendent in 1975. In 1977, Rechtin was promoted to Sales/Project manager, then two years later to Department Branch Manager, then to Branch Manager in 1982. In 1992, he was promoted to Region Manager where he served for 14 years before being promoted to Eastern Division Manager where he oversaw 18 branch offices. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations, then to Chief Operating Officer in 2014.

All who knew and worked with Rechtin described him as a dedicated business partner, family man and friend whose leadership qualities and expertise helped to grow Western.

“I will always think of Jim for his instinctive way of communicating with people, no matter who they might be,” said Western CEO Ben “Butch” Bishop, Jr. “He truly was a person who led by example, never asking anyone to do something more than he would do himself. The loss of Jim will be felt by all, but his spirit and reputation will be with us forever. Jim had a famous line at work he used for decades, “Who loves you”, well Jimmy the simple answer is we all do!” 

Prior to his retirement, Rechtin worked to prepare his successor Tom Brooks for the COO position and had plans to continue working with Western’s senior management team on a consulting basis during his retirement. 

Brooks fondly remembers the time he spent learning from and working with Rechtin.

“Jim was a boss, mentor, friend and father-figure. He was able to draw the best out of people through firm authority, company dedication and a larger-than-life love of people. Jim was the leader you never wanted to let down. The operations department will miss him dearly,” said Brooks.

A mass celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in St. Louis County, MO. Contributions in Rechtin’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

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