William F. “Murph” Murphy, Jr., WPD

February 6, 2020

William F. “Murph” Murphy, Jr., WPD
U.S. Veteran

Woburn Police Department

William F. “Murph” Murphy, Jr., WPD – of Woburn, Thursday, Feb. 6. Beloved husband and best friend of Michelle (McKinley) Murphy. Devoted father of Robert Taylor, his companion Alyssa Gaudette of Portland, ME, Shawn Murphy and Molly “Princess” Murphy, both of Woburn. Cherished son-law of Ernest and Jeanne McKinley of Woburn and brother-in-law of Jeanne Popoloski, her husband Thomas, and the late Ernest McKinley, his wife Robin, all of Londonderry. Also survived by several nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues on and off the Police Force. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Friday evening 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Murph to The Joseph Briere Foundation Po Box 147 Woburn MA 01801 USA .

 

 

William F. “Billy” “Murph” Murphy, Jr., WPD – of Woburn, Thursday, Feb. 6. passed away at the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA, after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a brain tumor, just ten months ago. The beloved husband and best friend of Michelle (McKinley) Murphy, he was 53 years old.

Born and raised in Peabody, he was a graduate of Peabody High School. After graduating he attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

Bill served as a Police Officer for the City of Woburn since 2000.  Prior to serving the citizens of Woburn he was employed with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. At the time of his passing Bill was the Vice President of the Woburn Police Patrol Officers Union. He was dedicated to serving for the people and for the community. Bill was a true professional who was always fair and reasonable with everyone he encountered. He served the City of Woburn with pride and respect throughout his career.

Bill lived to help people and throughout his life he impacted so many lives. He was a very accomplished natural professional bodybuilder with the WNBF.  He competed as a pro, judged, wrote for National Fitness publications, spoke at seminars, coached and was featured in an article in Natural Bodybuilding.  He took pride in helping so many people attain fitness and health goals. Bill was extremely dedicated to this sport he loved so much.  He gained many friendships and became very close to many people that he considered family and loved very much.

Bill was a special guy, who had a witty sense of humor and was always ready with a quick joke or a funny comment that would put a smile on anyone’s face. He enjoyed fishing, bird watching, and could eat breakfast for every meal!  During his illness, he looked forward to his many friends picking him up to go out for breakfast. 

He was his family’s biggest support and they were his world. He was happiest being with them! Bill was his children’s biggest cheerleader and taught them to shoot for the stars. He never missed an event the kids had.  He was so proud to be their dad.  Bill adored and loved his wife more than anything in this world!  They had a true love that was and forever will be very unique. One of their favorite things to do was to spend time at the “McKinley Hampton Beach House”.  It was their happy place.  They would go for long walks along the beach and talk about how much they loved each other and their kids.

The first thing Bill, Michelle and their children agreed to do the day Bill was diagnosed was to cherish everyday they had with one another moving forward with only positivity and to continue to make memories.   Just last month, they all enjoyed a week in Disney World, which Bill refers to as his magical place, and will hold onto those memories forever.

Although he his gone and leaves a gaping hole in his family and the community, his legacy will live on forever.

His family would like to thank the City of Woburn and especially the Woburn Police Department who have given them some much love and support during the past year and now.

Along with his wife Michelle, Murph is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Robert Taylor, his companion Alyssa Gaudette of Portland, ME, Shawn Murphy and Molly “Princess” Murphy, both of Woburn. Cherished son-in-law of Ernest and Jeanne McKinley of Woburn and brother-in-law of Jeanne Popoloski, her husband Thomas, and the late Ernest McKinley, Jr., his wife Robin, all of Londonderry, NH. Also survived by several nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues on and off the Police Force, as well as his two dogs, Teddy and Oreo whom brought so much love and comfort to Bill throughout his illness, and continue to do so for Michelle and his children. 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Friday evening 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Murph to The Joseph Briere Foundation Po Box 147 Woburn MA 01801

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Friday evening 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Murph to The Joseph Briere Foundation Po Box 147 Woburn MA 01801 USA .

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  1. My condolences to his family so young to be taken. Mike a special blessing to you and your family. Never easy to say good by to a brother.

  2. I will truly miss speaking with my freind Bill, we had many a good time over the years and some good stories…… Till we meet again Bill, god be with you on your journey.

    My condolences to Michelle and the kids, cherish the memories, as these cannot be taken away by anything.

  3. I met Murph in the late 80s when we both worked at Thom McAn in the Burlington Mall. We became friends and had some memorable moments with a group of friends in college. A skinny 19-year old, I spent a summer working out with Murph and put on almost 30 lbs in a summer. More importantly, with Murph’s help, I learned I was capable of things I things I never thought possible. We lost touch but reconnected about 10 or more years ago and even reunited our late 80s group for a Bruins game and guys night out. I’ll miss that toothy smile grinning out of the squad car with some wise-a$$ comment as I’m out on a run. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as we mourn a great loss but also celebrate a love-filled life well-lived.

  4. Valerie Sullivan

    Dear Michelle and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss Bill’s smiling face when he brought his little buddy, Teddy, in for his haircut. Rest in Peace Bill.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    A Pet’s Choice

  5. Michelle, Bobby, Sean and Molly, Murph was the best friend anyone could have asked for, whenever we parted ways he would smile and say “I love you my brother “, that coupled with the hug instead of a handshake is one of the things I’ll miss the most. As you know, we battled our cancers together and he was such an inspiration to me in his courageous battle, he will be missed immensely by me and I can’t even imagine the voids in your lives, but treasure the good memories and his witty sense of humor when you feel sad, God bless you all , sending prayers, love and hugs.

    Dan Strange

  6. Dear Michelle and family, I’m so very sorry for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sending my love Marianne (Browne) Drossos

  7. I met Bill when he taught my son about bodybuilding, earning him second place in his first competition thanks to all of the teachings from Bill. Bill then went on to help me by showing me a better way of living. What I remember the most about Bill is that he was always such a gentleman, so kind and easy to talk to, and such a wonderful human being — he will certainly be missed by many who loved him and admired him. My heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife and children and family.

  8. Margarette Masotta

    I am very sad to hear of William’s passing. He was always ready to lend an ear . O ur conversations in my store was always pleasant. Woburn lost an important member of it’s force. With Prayer
    Margarette Masotta

  9. Murph, you were an amazing coach and mentor that left a legacy behind and a lasting impression with everyone you came in contact with. Alongside my cousin you gave me confidence I didn’t know I had and the ability to achieve goals outside of my comfort zone. You were taken far too soon and will forever be missed. Rest in power my friend, my coach

  10. Dear Murph, You are such a precious example of a life well lived. You were bestowed with so many gifts and you shared them with so many making each of our lives so much better. You were a shining example my friend-impossible to forget, difficult to live up to, to try everyday is what’s important and I promise that. Rest In Peace

  11. Allison Shaievitz

    Michelle and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.. my heart breaks for all of you. Sending love and prayers.

  12. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Michelle and family,Bill will always live in your hearts. Michelle, Bill will always be by your side watching over you and the kids-your Guardian Angel.

  13. The Chute Family

    Michelle, Bobby, Shawn, & Molly, We are so heartbroken for all of you. Look around you and the legacy Bill left. He was a friend and mentor to so many all while putting his family first. The way he loved all of you and beamed when talking about you are memories to cherish. He is forever in your heart and souls, look for the signs and embrace them. We had so many great times raising our kids together- cheering along the sidelines of sporting events and tons of hockey tournament fun! Bill was one of the great ones who fought such a valiant fight. May he rest in the same peace he brought to all that knew him. xoxo

  14. My sincere condolences to the Murphy and McKinley families and to Bills many friends. I didn’t know Bill personally but after following his story this past year and reading all the comments on Facebook I sure wish I did. Looks like he left a positive imprint on all the lives he touched. Even mine, and I didn’t even know him. Well done Murph. Rest in peace.

  15. Truly an Officer and a Gentleman; Murph was a class act and a wonderful person and a great cop. We will miss your infectious smile and your ability to make others laugh – Rest In Peace, my friend! God Bless your family during this difficult time.

  16. Filipe Monteiro

    I will truly miss you my fallen brother. You were a friend and brother. My condolences to the Murphy family.

  17. I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your husband passing he is now Resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays Always remember the good times you had with him and I’m glad you all got Too go down to Disney World

  18. my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Bill you will be missed! Thank you for all your motivational and positive wisdom. Wishing you eternal peace. 😘

  19. Michelle and family, so sorry for your loss. Sending our love to get you through the this.

    Mae, Kathleen and Lillian

  20. We are all lucky to have crossed paths with Bill. He will be missed by many. Sending hugs and prayers to the family.

  21. Sending all our love and deepest sympathies to you all. Bill and his legacy he leaves behind will never be forgotten. We love you Billy.
    Liz and Steve

  22. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Murphy family and all of Bill’s many friends. He was such and amazing man and we are all better people for knowing him. He will be missed but never forgotten. May he rest in eternal peace🙏🏻💜 until we met again my friend

  23. Roberta Saulnier

    Michelle, Bobby, Shaun and Molly I was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. May you find comfort in your memories of him and your times together. My deepest condolences.

  24. Rest in Peace, Murph. You have changed the lives of so many people by you being you. You have left an incredible legacy for all to emulate. The world is a much better place. Prayers being sent to the Murphy family.

  25. May you Rest In Peace and your spirit shine. You will be missed Bill. You were a great man and mentor to so many. You will never be forgotten. All our love.

  26. Charles Culhane

    Murphy family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  27. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be truly missed.
    Chris Kisiel and family.

  28. Bill
    You were an amazing human. You will be missed. I hope you continue to catch big bass up “there”
    Love you brother

  29. AnnMarie Caldwell

    Michelle, Bobby,Shawn,&Molly,
    Our deepest sympathies to you all. I find myself dwelling in Billy’s Facebook post of his love for his family. You all made him so proud to be a part of his life even though it was cut short. There are not a lot of people who publicly express their love. Remember his love of you and spending time with you as much as he could. I always admired his honesty and his pleasant personality. Michelle I remember how he spoke of you sometimes with a funny remark but mostly how much he loved and appreciated the love he found with you.
    Hold on to that love and keep him alive in your home . Maybe you can’t see him but he is definitely by your side watching over you all. Prayers and hugs to you all.
    AnnMarie, Andy,Kate& Nick

  30. Thirty years ago we needed a second baseman for the Towanda Club softball team. The next night Jeff Shelley brought his colleague from work to fill in. It was Bill. He instantly became part of our “crew.” Parties, games, weekends away and a memorable trip to DC, what fun we had. Bill and I were roommates as he got settled in Woburn. Soon Bill would be introduced to the beautiful Michelle and the rest was history. He was an amazing friend, dedicated police officer, and Michelle’s rock.

    He loved his children and his family and in some of our recent get togethers for breakfast that was his proudest, when he spoke of Bobby, Shawn and Molly and all of their accomplishments. I will miss you my friend. Thanks for always being there for me and the other guys. We will forever keep you in our hearts.

    Jack Dillon

  31. Miss you my brother. I wish you eternal peace and all the strength and comfort in the world to your wonderful family.

  32. Marsha Webb Sabbag

    Dear Michelle and family, I am so very sorry to read about Bill’s passing. My thoughts are with you
    Marsha Webb

  33. Barbara Donovan

    Our thoughts are with you all during this most difficult time. May Bill rest in peace with Ernie, and all of the others that have been taken too soon. May God give you peace, love and strength in the days ahead. God Bless.

    Leo & Barbara Donovan

  34. To Michelle, Bobby,Shawn and Molly please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Bill/your dad. We send prayers for strength and are reminded of the beautiful memories and the love and passion he had for his family. We love you all always in our thoughts

  35. Judy Balestrieri

    Murph, You will always hold a place in our hearts…
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
    The Balestrieri Family

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