Walter Murta Jr., 83, co-owner of furniture stores in Southwest Philadelphia and Upper Darby, died Wednesday, July 25, of pneumonia at Little Flower Manor, a nursing home in Darby Borough, where he had lived for 31/2 years. He was a 45-year resident of Lansdowne.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Murta graduated from the former Collingdale High School in 1947 and studied business at what is now Drexel University, his son, Stephen, said.
While in high school, Mr. Murta began working part-time for his father, Walter Sr., at McGinity & Murta's Furniture at 54th Street and Chester Avenue.
His father became the sole owner in the 1950s and changed the name to Murta's Furniture. When his father died in the early 1970s, Walter Murta Jr. and his brother Donald became co-owners.