Murph’s Sports Shop Closing Up Shop in Montclair

Murph's Sports ShopJust three months after co-owner Robert (Bob) Lennon of Murph’s Sport Shop on Valley Road in Upper Montclair passed away, a sign was put up of the shop’s closing.

Murph’s Sport Shop was originally opened by Richard “Dick” Murphy of Glen Ridge in 1975, who owned the shop until his retirement in 2001. The business was sold to Bob Lennon and his brother Michael Lennon.

Murph’s offered everything the sports enthusiast could possibly want for any kind of sport — from hockey to soccer to basketball to football gear and equipment. But what made Murph’s a beloved part of Montclair was the service and kindness of the owners.

Michael Lennon tells Baristanet that April 15 will be the closing date. “Murph’s had the privilege of serving the Montclair community for over 40 years. Since the passing of Bob, we felt it was time to close. We have appreciated all of the kind words of his friends and loyal customers who have visited our shop since his death. We are proud to call Montclair our home.”

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  1. For those of us old timers, Murph’s is fondly remembered in its original and present location. Murph’s was next to Laufer Brothers shoes and Lemperts in the present Arturo’s Brick Oven Pizza space. Murph was a class gentleman who brought grace and dignity to the purveyance of athletic equipment. I bought my first skateboard (a Pro Line with Chicago Trucks!!) and favorite Baseball glove there in 1977. It was always a stop to poke around when hanging “Uptown.”

    The Lennon boys maintained and built upon the class, the dignity and the excellence to the community and our needs for uniforms, sports equipment and a quick replacement for the errant baseball or Lax Ball.

    I just learned today of Bob Lennon’s passing from his brother Michael. My daughter had called me to tell me that Murph’s was closing, knowing of its special place from my childhood. To my knowledge it is the last of the Old School Montclair merchants/institutions from the 1970, with perhaps the exception of the Char Broil, which those of us veteran’s will continue to call Louvis’s.

    My deepest condolences to the Lennon family and in particular to Michael for the way to early loss of his partner and brother. His good cheer and enthusiasm will be missed A fond farewell to an icon of Montclair, not just bittersweet for the many Montclair patrons of all ages, but to the many well served Montclair patrons over the generations.

    Speaking of wonderful Montclair institutions, if you see Michael at Tierney’s buy him a well de
    served libation and propose a toast to Bob, for all the joy he, Michael and Murph help bring to the parks, fields and courts of Montclair.

    And of course a toast to Murphs! Montclair won’t be the same.

    David Greenbaum

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