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“June, Miss Pamp. This is Joey Hoague. I would like to send a message to you privately. I'm pretty sure this will give you my email address.Girl, you...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of Harry's passing. He was such a wonderful person. Harry was connected to my family in so many ways. My mother and father used...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Suzanne Garden - Lake Balboa, CA

“June, Tim and Kristen, My sincerest condolences on your loss. Harry was a lovely man and true gentleman. He was always so nice to me when I...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Linda McNamara - Acquaintance

“Mr Murphy, was a great guy.. I had alot of respect for him growing up and he taught alot of younger men how to act like men.. .. Prayers for the...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Dan Lane - Melrose, MA - Student

“I am so sad to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.With LoveRusty Garrity ”
5 of 38 | Posted by: Rusty Garrity - Student

“Dear June,Please know how very saddened I was to hear that Harry had passed away. He was always one of my favorites at Melrose Middle School....Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Joanne Reilly - Melrose, MA

“Dear June and Family,Harry was a great guy, colleague and friend. He was an amazing teacher who was loved and respected by his students. You could...Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: James Reppucci - Melrose, MA

“When I was a student at the Roosevelt School in the 60's, I cannot say that I was ever on the front line for hearing rumors; however, one rumor...Read More »
8 of 38 | Posted by: Pamela Wood - Everett, MA

“Our treasured Harry. He was so kind so funny and a favorite teacher, colleague and mentor. Okie and had just talked about him after the last Norte...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Debbie OConnor - Melrose, MA

“June, So sorry to hear about Harry's passing. He was the consummate gentleman. Even if you disagreed he was as pleasant as any person could be. He...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Ed Gillick

“June, Tim & Kristen,My sincere condolences on Harry's passing. I've known him most of my life, growing up in Woburn, and have always enjoyed his...Read More »
11 of 38 | Posted by: Marie Hill - Stoneham, MA

“Dear June, Tim, and Kristen-I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, and father. He will be greatly missed. I enjoyed our many...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Hannah Delaney - Westborough, MA

“All of the Brodeur family, from myself and my siblings down to my son, had Mr. Murphy in their lives in some way. He was always smiling and...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Michelle Brodeur - Melrose, MA

“Dear June,Tim,Kristen,My condolences go out to all of you and your families. I'm so sorry to hear of Harry's passing. Harry was a pillar to the...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“Ran track and cross country as freshman during the double session school years. Truly a wonderful man. RIP. Harry ”
15 of 38 | Posted by: Richard Hartigan - Peabody, MA

“June, Tim and Kristen I am saddened to hear of Harry's passing. He was a great man and mentor to many. I have known your family for many years and...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Barbara Flannigan Murphy - Dover, NH

“We were so sorry to hear of Harry's passing We have many fond memories of him and go back many years Harry taught me how to skate in Woburn and he...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Mary Murphy - Haverhill, MA

“Dear June and family,I was very sad to hear about Harry"s passing. We shared many good times, especially working together at all those Friday night...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: ralph hannabury - boston, MA

“A true gentleman in every regard, and a very special person who made a positive impact on so many day in and day out. Always upbeat and encouraging,...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“Harry was a great friend of mine for over 70 years. He was the Best Man at my wedding and the Godfather to my daughter Kara. We shared many great...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Paul Marshall - Cape Cod, MA

“My mother's maiden name was "Murphy" and we grew up in Central Sq. Woburn.My mother was 8 years older than Harry but they had been friends growing up...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: maureen Garrity-Bourke - MA

“Harry made the bitter cold and snowy weather of ND seem like the a beautiful Spring day with his laughter and good cheer. RIP dear classmate. ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: Dick Tobin - Centerville, MA

“We find it so sad to lose a MJHS icon and colleague. Harry used his PE position to make life better for everyone with whom he came into contact. ...Read More »
23 of 38 | Posted by: Paul M. Bean - South Yarmouth,, MA

“Deepest sympathy to June, Tim, Kristen and family in the passing of Harry. I had him for gym class at the "Rosie" Jr. High and he always had a great...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Ken Leahy - Peabody, MA - Student

“June, Tim and Kristen. I was saddened to hear of Harry's passing. My thoughts go out to all of you. May your family and friends provide you comfort.I...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Trish Crean - Beverly, MA

“Dear June, Tim and KristenLenny and I are so sorry for your loss. I will never forget the fun we had at the ND Junior parents weekend. He was so...Read More »
26 of 38 | Posted by: Carol Sampson - Melrose, MA

“Dear June, Tim, Kristen and family. I am so sorry to hear about Harry's passing. I have a lot of fond memories along with other Rosey's of Mr...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Michael Durant - Topsfield, MA

“Harry was my gym instructor in Jr High at "The Roosevelt " a great teacher and gym instructor. June was my homeroom teacher. I haven't seen Harry in...Read More »
28 of 38 | Posted by: Charles Coombs - W.Barnstable, MA

“My first and best Physical Ed teacher "Coach" . Before leaving Melrose many years ago I considered Harry a friend and mentor years after leaving the...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Bill Patterson - Pleasant Praire, WI

“Rest easy Harry! What an amazing life you lead. I will miss your wonderful sense of humor and love for life. So many memories... ”
30 of 38 | Posted by: Laurie O'Brien - Peabody, MA

“My sincere condolences to June and the Murphy Family. I will remember Harry as a teacher during the great years at Melrose Junior High school. ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: Connie OConnor - Melrose, MA

“R.I.P. Coach Murphy....thank you for believing...deepest condolences to his family... ”
32 of 38 | Posted by: Sterling Hardy - Essex Jct., VT

“So many memories. My heartfelt condolences to June. Tim and Kristen. May God bring you comfort ”
33 of 38 | Posted by: Andrea Taffe - North Palm Beach, FL

“My favorite memory of Mr. Murphy was in gym class, he would always say something funny to me, then end it with, "I'm just joshing you, miss messenger...Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Beth (Messenger) Carpenter - MA

“Dear Mrs. Murphy & Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many great memories of you both from Roosevelt Jr. High. You were my phys ed teacher...Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: Maria (Bartolo) Guerriero - MA

“One of the best men I've ever known, father of one of my very best friends, lover of all things Notre Dame. The world is less bright without him....Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Danica Skeoch - OR

“Had Mr. Murphy for my gym teacher at Rosie & middle school along with Miss Pamp.What a nice funny man who treated us well.. He was a friend of my Dad...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Helen O'Donnell-Cargill - Melrose, MA

“Had a nickname for everyone in class. Made it a great time of the day. JJ (moose) ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: John Synnott - Essex Junction, VT


Harry J. Murphy, of Melrose, USAF Korean War Veteran, died peacefully on January 6, 2018 at the age of 88. Harry was born in Bangor, ME on August 16, 1929 to James & Catherine (Glennon) Murphy. He was raised in Woburn, MA and graduated from Woburn High School. Harry enlisted in the United States Air Force and served honorably during the Korean War. After the war, Harry worked and traveled with the Ice Capades before continuing his education at the University of Notre Dame. He then went on to earn a Master's Degree from Salem State. Harry was a beloved physical education teacher and coach in the City of Melrose for over thirty years, working at the Coolidge School, Roosevelt School, Junior High School, and the Middle School. Harry was the beloved husband of 49 years to June L. (Pamp) Murphy of Melrose. Loving father of Timothy J. Murphy of Wakefield and Kristen L. Sawicki & her husband Jared of North Chelmsford. Caring brother of Eunice Usedom of Illinois and the late Rose Janerico. Also survived by several nieces & nephews. Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, January 11, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. A Funeral Service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, January 12, at 10:00 AM. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Harry's name to the Alzheimer's Research Association or the Jimmy Fund.