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Paul R. Murphy
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    P.O. Box 9196
    Watertown, MA 02471
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    360 Merrimack St.
    Building 9
    Lawrence, MA 01843

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“Ellie and family,Mom and I send our love and condolences. Paul was such a great man and he will be missed so much. I always considered Paul my second...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Donna & Marilyn Holahan - Salem, NH

“God speed home Paul. I pray for your family in this time of grieving. I'm going to miss you and your laugh. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: David Copley - Methuen, MA

“Dear Ellie and Family,What a great neighbor and friend we encountered with you and Paul. He was a very special man and it was our good fortune to...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Dorothea Crisa - Salem, NH

“Auntie Ellie, Helen, Patty, Kathy, Paul & Mark, I'm so sorry for the loss of Uncle Paul. He was the greatest....He truly was. I will miss his...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Colleen - MA

5 of 11 | Posted by: Alfred Trainor

“My Dear Friend Kathy & family - I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I had never met your dad but felt as though I did, I know he will be forever...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Reardon - Plymouth, MA

“What a privilege and blessing it was to bring communion to Paul these last few months when he could not attend Mass.He was a true gentleman in every...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: David and lorraine Thompson - NH

“I remember my Uncle Paul's great smile which made everyone happy. He was devoted to his wife,children and family . He loved life . May you rest in...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Michael Cardarelli - Malden, MA

“So sorry for your loss. It was for me a joy to take care of Paul. He was a very special man. God bless you. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Noel Santiago - Lawrence, MA

Metropolitan Police Photo “On behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss. Our...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Retired Association of Metropolitan Police - MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Paul R. Murphy passed away at his home in Salem, NH on October 21, 2018. Paul was a cherished and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle--and a friend to many more. He grew up near Fellsway West in Medford, the fifth and youngest child to William and Margaret Josephine (Devine) Murphy, Irish immigrants from Wexford and Donegal. He attended Immaculate Conception elementary school and graduated from Medford High School in 1953 before enlisting in the Marines and serving in Korea. He was a retired lieutenant from the Metropolitan District Commission police force where he spent twenty years in law enforcement. Paul valued family more than anything and was happiest when his house was filled with company. The kitchen table was where stories and laughs were shared and he was always there to help when family or friends were in need. Everyone knew they could count on Paul, dad, or "unc," as many of his nieces and nephews called him. Those who knew him will remember his quick sense of humor, his neat appearance, and his respect for people. He treated everyone the way he would want to be treated. This compassion stemmed from his strong Catholic faith and served as an example for his children and grandchildren. He liked to visit Hampton Beach with his family during the summers. He loved his Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox and Bruins. Later in life, he enjoyed golf and played many courses across the North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. He will be missed dearly by Elinor, his wife of 59 years that he adored, as well as his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Paul was the beloved husband of Elinor E. (Shea) Murphy. Loving father of Helen Murphy Connors & her husband Timothy of Reading, Kathleen Connors & ... READ MORE →