Eugene J. Murphy

October 21, 2015

Eugene J. Murphy

EUGENE J. MURPHY – of Woburn, Wednesday October 21st. Beloved husband of Irene (Richards) Murphy. Devoted father of Eugene J. Murphy Jr. of Tewksbury, Kathleen Padula and her husband Andrew of Florida, Denise Ranger and her husband Matthew of West Townsend, Daniel Murphy of Hudson, NH, and Brian Murphy of Woburn. Cherished grandfather of eight grandchildren and two great-grandchild. Dear brother of Dorothy Dunn of North Reading, John Murphy of Woburn and the late Mary Williams and Theresa Garrity. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and extended family. Also lovingly survived by his Shetland sheepdog Toby, who was always by his side. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday October 27th at 10 a.m. Interment is private. Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Eugene’s memory to the Development Office VNA of Middlesex – East 607 North Avenue, Suite 17 Wakefield, MA 01880.

OBITUARY:

Eugene J. Murphy, a lifelong Woburn resident, went to meet the angels that brought him to the Lord on Wednesday October 21st after a courageous battle for several years. He was eighty-eight years of age. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Richards) Murphy to whom he was married for sixty wonderful years.

Eugene was born in Woburn, son of the late Eugene J. and Annie (O’Brien) Murphy. He and his four siblings were raised in Central Square. He attended Woburn public schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School with the class of 1947. From the age of fourteen, Gene worked on his family’s farm in Woburn. The Murphy Livestock Farm, located on present day Olympia Avenue was an integral part of the Murphy family for generations. Gene and his family worked tirelessly seven days a week throughout the year to maintain the farm’s success. After the sale of the farm in 1965, Gene went to work for Franki Foundations for more than twenty years. Hard work and long hours were merely a daily routine for Gene, though he never complained and took great pride in his accomplishments.

However, in Gene’s eyes, his greatest accomplishment was his family. He met the love of his life, Irene at a school dance in Wilmington where she was in school. They were inseparable. They married in 1955 and settled on Brentwood Road in Woburn where they would remain for the next sixty years. They brought five wonderful children into the world to which they were truly devoted.

Gene and Irene loved to dance. They went dancing frequently on Friday nights until they were married and started their family. There were many trips to Hampton Beach and fishing trips all throughout New England. In their later years, Gene and his wife traveled to Washington, Canada, Niagara Falls and Bermuda. He loved to spend time in his garden and always had plenty of vegetables to attest to his success. Weekends were spent attending estate sales and scouting yard sales, always in search of a good find.

More than anything, Gene loved the time spent with his family, which always included his Shetland sheepdog Toby. His gentle and good-hearted nature will be truly missed.

In addition to his parents, Gene was sadly predeceased by his two sisters, Mary Williams and Theresa Garrity.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of sixty years, Irene (Richards) Murphy; his children Eugene J. Murphy III of Tewksbury, Kathleen Padula and her husband Andrew of Florida, Denise Ranger and her husband Matthew of West Townsend, Daniel Murphy of Hudson, NH, and Brian Murphy of Woburn. His eight grandchildren and two great-grandchild.; his brother and sister Dorothy Dunn of North Reading, John Murphy of Woburn and the late Mary Williams and Theresa Garrity. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and extended family. Also lovingly survived by his Shetland sheepdog Toby, who was always by his side.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday October 27th at 10 a.m. Interment is private. Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Eugene’s memory to the Development Office VNA of Middlesex – East 607 North Avenue, Suite 17 Wakefield, MA 01880.

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  1. The Padula Family would like to extend our deepest condolences in the passing of Eugene.

    Irene, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and our hearts go out to you during this difficult time.

    God Bless you, Gene, and the entire Murphy Family.

  2. Dear Irene, Kathy, Drew, and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I pray that Eugene is at peace. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Claudia

  3. Dear Irene, Kathy, Drew & family, I am thinking of you and hoping that you will find peace in the passing of your loved one. Keep the memories close and know that I am thinking of you & praying for Eugene . With love ,Claudia

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