Baldor CEO Kevin Murphy dies

02/01/2013 04:57:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

(UPDATED COVERAGE, Feb. 7) Kevin Murphy, 58, chief executive officer of the New York-based Baldor Specialty Foods Inc., died Jan. 31 at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, N.Y.

Kevin Murphy, Baldor MurphyColleagues say Murphy helped popularize specialties and hard-to-find produce in the New York market.

Born in Wayne, N.J., Murphy began his food career during the 1980s at Balducci’s in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.

In 1991, Murphy took over Balducci’s small wholesale division, distributing produce from Queens.

As business increased, he relocated Baldor to a seven acre facility adjacent to the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx.

Company officials say he increased Baldor’s sales from a van and a couple of delivery trucks to more than 800 workers who distribute produce through more than 200 trucks.

Baldor Specialty Foods Inc., The Bronx, New YorkAlan Butzbach, director of marketing, began working with Murphy at Balducci when Murphy married Ria Balducci, daughter of company owner Andrew Balducci.

“He was very caring and hard-working,” Butzbach said. “He didn’t take anything from anyone and was a tough but fair negotiator. People respected him for what he knew and how he got it done.”

Butzbach said Murphy was almost kind to a fault toward his employees. Butzbach said he once saw Murphy pull $100 out of his pocket and give it to a worker who told him he was having difficult financial times.

Murphy is survived by his mother, Marilyn Murphy, son T.J. Murphy, daughter-in-law Christine Murphy, two brothers and a sister.

The family received guests on Feb. 2 and remembered him in a private service at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in New York.

As Murphy was a supporter of pancreatic cancer research, the family suggests memorial donations may be made in Murphy’s name to “Dr. Fine’s Research Fund” through The Robert L. Fine Cancer Research Fund, 650 West 168th Street, BB20-05, New York, NY, 10032.



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Pedro Dimaren    
bronx  |  February, 01, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Is only one word to describe Mr: Kevin Murphy exceptional Human been, his legacy and perseverance will last for many many years!!! may God bless him, rest in peace.Mr: Kevin

Emil Castillo    
Philadelphia p.a  |  February, 02, 2013 at 03:11 AM

RIP mr Murphy,Great man,great boss,thank you for the opportunity you gave me to work in your company I hope god have a good place for you,my prayers for you mr Murphy,you will be missed

Wilson Torres (Baldor truck driver)    
Bronx  |  February, 02, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Kevin Murphy... A man I barely knew, but is someone that I have the up most respect for. Created a company that I am proud to be a part of. Took a dream and made it reality. May god rest his soul... My prayers goes out to his friends and family. Rest In Peace Mr. Murphy

Josephine    
February, 02, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The Hunts Point Business Community is saddened by the loss of Kevin Murphy, a visionary creative CEO Food Distributor who with his team of 800 employees grew a highly successful BALDOR brand with an exquisite line of products into one of the most successful food companies in New York City. We are all proud of Kevin and are truly shaken by his passing. Our sincere sympathies to his son, to Kevin's family, all the 800 employees who love their energetic company and all of us who cared and admired him. Josephine Infante Greater Hunts Point Chamber of Commerce

J.Jorge    
Bronx NY  |  February, 02, 2013 at 04:24 PM

Very sad time for our Baldor family. Kevin inspired so many of us with his hard work and dedication. He would be greatly missed.

Robin Morgenbesser-Sporn    
Pennsylvania  |  February, 02, 2013 at 05:57 PM

I have had the pleasure of working directly when he first started over 25 years ago when it was a one man operation. I have seen hos company grow with such magnatude over tge years. He will be missed by all. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the Baldor team tonight.

Carlos Tejada    
468 17th st, Brooklyn, NY 11215  |  February, 03, 2013 at 02:40 PM

Thank you Mr Murphy for changing my life in a positive way. I am a cancer survivor and I know what you went though over the time of yours sickness . My respect and prayers go out to you and your family. May God bless your soul. You will be missed. Rest in paradise mr Murphy. Carlos T.

Riccardo Romero    
Arepas Cafe  |  February, 03, 2013 at 08:30 PM

Very sad news... Dear Sr I always miss you. Your truffles guy.

ZACH SCHULMAN    
BEACON NY  |  February, 04, 2013 at 11:49 AM

His vision, drive and entrepreneurial spirit were what grew Baldor into what is is today and was an inspiration to many of us in the industry. Our thoughts are with his family and employees.

FRANKO    
Yonkers,NY  |  February, 04, 2013 at 12:14 PM

New York lost one of its most energetic visionaries. He took a simple one truck produce dellivery to a next level,creating a well run institution,that set standards troughout the Food Industry. You can not spend time in NYC and not see one of Baldor's trucks.The Company is a choise Purveyer to the" who is who "on the East Cost. Kevin always strived for perfection,maintaining high standard for quality,loking for new and novel products... I,am honored to known him for almost 40 Years.We were friends ,competitors,colleges. We shared many inovative ideas... He made te simple fruit and vegetable suply ,to a Specialty Food Division. What a Genius!!!!! We would miss him dearly. God Bless him. Friend,Franko

David S. Fuhrman    
382 Central Park West Suite 15 T New York NY 10025  |  February, 04, 2013 at 07:56 PM

I will never forget Kevin. I talk about Kevin every day as a New York City Tour Guide. His trucks are every where. He was a great family man. I remember when his son and little dog would bark @ me when I walked Thru his door on Borden Avenue. I will miss you foerever. Your Friend, David S. Fuhrman

Enis d    
Brooklyn ny  |  February, 08, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Kevin will be sadly missed or as I would call him Chief just an amazing man words can't describe how great and loyal he was may god rest his soul and look after his son TJ Murphy.

angel nieves    
chicago,il  |  February, 19, 2013 at 06:42 PM

I am very sad to hear about Kevin's death. I'm a former Baldor employee . I worked at Baldor Specialty Foods for 2 1/2 years until I relocated to chicago back in 2006. To me is a huge loss and for alot of us who knew Kevin!!!! I was a cdl truck driver for Baldor, when I told Kevin that i was relocating to chicago: he asked me if i had another job lined up and i honestly looked at him and I told him no boss!!! he said to me don't worry come see me tomorrow at my office, went back then the head quarter was at barry street. I went to see Kevin and he told me you already have a job waiting for you in chicago!!! That's the type of person who was Kevin Murphy a good man,person, human being and father. Kevin really cared for his employees and business. I'm very sad to hear that the boss is gone!! Thank you Kevin for your support and for letting me be part of the Baldor Specialty Foods family. May God bless you always cause you have won heaven before you left us!!! You will be missed!!! Your Friend, Angel Nieves

Bamadou Diallo    
New york Bronx  |  November, 08, 2013 at 01:14 AM

kevin has changed the lives of thousands of people in New York, Boston and Baltimore (laurel). kevin you rest well. god the welcome in his paradise.

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