PAULA J. (DELANEY) MURRAY

October 25, 2023

PAULA J. (DELANEY) MURRAY

PAULA J. (DELANEY) MURRAY –     a longtime resident of Wilmington, died peacefully, after a brief illness, October 25th, with her family by her side, at the age of fifty-seven. Beloved wife of 28 years to Philip A. Murray. Devoted mother of Philip Leo Murray of Wilmington. Loving daughter of the late Leo and Estelle “Tilly” (Frechette) Delaney. Cherished sister of Peter Delaney, his wife Jodi of Waltham, Paul Delaney, his wife Lynn of Haverhill, Dennis Delaney, his wife Mary of AZ, Patricia MacNeil, her husband Ray Arsenault of Marlboro, Denise Hernandez, her husband Roberto of Lincoln, Priscilla Scanio, her husband Franco of Burlington, Danielle Delaney, her partner Frank Pisano of Waltham, and the late Michael and Richard Delaney. Also survived by her loving father and mother-in-law, Phil and Carmella Murray of Plymouth and her sisters-in-law, Lisa Delphin of VT, Marcia Delaney of Sandwich, and Judy Delaney of Marlboro, as well as many loving, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  A Funeral Mass will take place, TUESDAY, October 31st at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, MA.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Monday, October 30th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Paula’s memory to Saint Charles Elementary School, 8 Myrtle Street, Woburn, MA 01801

PAULA J. (DELANEY) MURRAY–     a longtime resident of Wilmington, died peacefully, after a brief illness, October 25th, with her family by her side, at the age of fifty-seven. She was the beloved wife and best friend for 28 years to Philip A. Murray. 

Born and raised in Waltham, Paula was the youngest of ten children born to the late Leo and Estelle “Tilly” (Frechette) Delaney. She was a graduate of Waltham High School and received her associate degree from Aquinas College in Newton.

From the very beginning, it was clear that Paula was destined to be a mother. Her son was her world, and she would do anything for him. She was a mother and wife first, and a devoted daughter and sister second.  She was a proud and dedicated St. Charles parent and volunteer, and most importantly a selfless giver weaved through all of these. She more recently worked for the Visiting Angels, caring for the elderly. 

Despite her playful nature and warm demeanor, Paula was very private, often keeping her personal life hidden from view. However, her heart was an open book when it came to her family. She spoke of her son and his achievements with immense pride and love.

Paula enjoyed the beach and spending time with her family on their boat. She enjoyed visiting Martha’s Vineyard Chappaquiddick Island, and Hampton beach, where she bathed in the sun on the beach. Paula was very proud of her Irish Heritage. St Patrick’s Day was her “High Holiday” and she never missed the chance to celebrate. Throughout their home she has leprechauns and shamrocks strategically placed reminding everyone of her Irish passion. The vacation to Ireland with her husband was a true highlight in her life.

 Paula leaves a legacy of love, devotion and strength and will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Devoted mother of Philip Leo Murray of Wilmington. Cherished sister of Peter Delaney, his wife Jodi of Waltham, Paul Delaney, his wife Lynn of Haverhill, Dennis Delaney, his wife Mary of AZ, Patricia MacNeil, her husband Ray Arsenault of Marlboro, Denise Hernandez, her husband Roberto of Lincoln, Priscilla Scanio, her husband Franco of Burlington, Danielle Delaney, her partner Frank Pisano of Waltham, and the late Michael and Richard Delaney. Also survived by her loving father and mother-in-law, Phil and Carmella Murray of Plymouth and her sisters-in-law, Lisa Delphin of VT, Marcia Delaney of Sandwich, and Judy Delaney of Marlboro, as well as many loving, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  

A Funeral Mass will take place, TUESDAY, October 31st at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, MA.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Monday, October 30th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn.  In lieu of flowers please send donations in memory of Paula J. Murray to Saint Charles Elementary School

A Funeral Mass will take place, TUESDAY, October 31st at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, MA.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Monday, October 30th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch- Cantillon FuneralFuneral Home 263 Main St., Woburn.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Paula’s memory to Saint Charles Elementary School, 8 Myrtle Street, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. We are so sorry to hear about Paula.
    Our deepest condolences to phil and family.
    You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. McGilvray Family

    Dear Phil & Family,
    We are so sorry to learn of Paula’s passing. Know that we will keep you in our prayers. May Paula rest in peace.
    Jay, Daniela, and Ben

  3. St. John's Prep Hockey

    The St. John’s Prep community, and especially the SJP Hockey Family, wishes to extend its condolences to Phil, Phil and all of Mrs. Murray’s extended family. We are very sorry for your loss…..and know that you are in our prayers. We have added Paula’s name to our book of remembrance for tomorrow’s All Saints’ Day prayer service. Peace.

  4. I’m so happy I got to spend time with you on Chappaquiddick one of your favorite destinations to get away from it all with a cold Bud in-hand. I’ll surely have one (or two hehe) in your memory and never forget our special “porch nights” and funny banter we both were gifted with, naturally… the youngest in the clan are the best they say! “Au reviour, but it’s not goodbye, it’s so-long, farewell, until we meet again Auntie Paula!” – 🫶🏽 your favorite Nephew – Papa Scans aka Matthew

  5. Sandy Leblanc Nowlan

    Dear Phil, Phillip and the entire Delaney clan,

    I am so sorry to hear about the early passing of Paula. I have so wonderful memories of South Hr. high, Lowell field, Waltham high and of course the infamous 1984 Bermuda trip!

    Paula always greeted everyone with such energy and a huge warm smile. She had energy that I never experienced by 7am.

    You will be sorely missed my friend. Rest in peace. xoxo

  6. What a beautiful soul. Apparent by all the posts she was genuine, kind, funny and sweet. Many years since seeing Pop but fond memories. A smile and life such as hers carries on in all our hearts. May your family find peace during this difficult time.

  7. Kathy (Roche) O'Neil

    My condolences to all of Paula’s family and friends. I have such fond memories of time spent on the Southside. Getting in trouble in cooking class and meeting at Store 24 in junior high. Always such a fun person to be around. She will be missed by all that knew her.

  8. Walter & Nancy Scott

    To the Delaney/Murray family: Our deepest condolences to both families on the loss of Paula. She was a wonderful person and touched many lives. Sincerely, Nancy & Walter Scott & Family.

  9. Dear Phil, Your lovely “bride” will live on in your heart forever. Seeing your love for one another was an inspiration I will never forget. Paula was an amazing Mom and partner. I’m so glad to have known her.

  10. My condolences to all. Pop, it’s been years but your contagious smile would always lighten up the darkest days, I’m so sorry you had to leave this place so soon. RIP 🙏🙏

  11. Heartbreaking. Pop was a bright, positive light. I was fortunate to spend every morning (home room) and many nights (thankfully before social media) with her and Danny in junior high. She was as kind as she was fun, and having visited her home and meeting her parents, it was easy to see where she got all that light. I hope her family finds some comfort in that. “Do you want a Nan, Dan, Pop, Paul on the head?” If you know, you know. 😉

  12. Dear Phil and Family,
    This is such sad, sad news and I am so sorry for your loss. Paula totally lit up every room with her entrance, greeting everyone with such a warm welcome whether she knew you or not. That smile and laughter, it was so infectious and we all felt it when we saw her. She loved life and was so enthusiastic and she just brought such happiness to those around her.
    May you rest in peace my friend, Paula (Pop) you will be surely missed!
    Love you forever, Nan King!

  13. The loss of a beautiful person inside and out will always be remembered as the one who made people smile. Prayers go out to the family of pop

  14. Rich Farrington

    I am stunned to hear this news. I am so sorry for your loss and I will be praying for the Delaney and Murray family. I remember Pop as a friend to everyone and I will cherish our days in school, working together at Anton’s Cleaners and the fun we had at social gatherings. She always made sure that everyone around her was okay and she loved her family dearly. My heart is sad. You will be missed Poppy!

  15. Watertown Yacht Club

    You will be sadly missed and your smiling face drinking red, white and blue with the rest of us. Rest in peace

  16. Danielle Pelletier DePinna

    Dear Phil and Danielle (Danny/Big Dan) and Peter (Pud),
    I’m so very sorry to hear this news. Pop was a huge influence in my life in our South Jr. years. Her balloon insignia (long before logos and branding were a thing) cemented her BIGNESS in the world and love of life. I used to love going to Mr. and Mrs. Delaney’s big huge fabulous house on Townsend Street in Waltham after school and eating snacks and laughing and playing rock-n-roll and having a ball! She was a larger-than-life influence in my life. Her big love taught me to be real and brave. In those adolescent years, her courage, generous view of the world, and big belly laughs helped form who I am today. The loss of Pop is big. But I also know her angel wings are expansive and she looks down upon us all with great big love and compassion and generosity of heart, embracing us. I feel extremely fortunate that I experienced her bigness and love while we were both here together on Earth in Waltham. Pop, with tears in my eyes yet joy in my heart of all the memories we made, I love you. You will be forever missed. Love, Danielle Pelletier DePinna (Li’l Dan & Pellie). LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

  17. Brenda Melanson

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. Pop and I have many memories of hanging out in our school years, senior trip to Bermuda, babysitting, having out at Russell’s pharmacy to name a few. She knew how to make us all laugh and enjoy life. My condolences to Phil and all her family. Rest in peace Pop. I love you and cherish our memories.

  18. Mary Frechette Brillinger

    I’m sadden to hear about Paula. May she RIP and may her family remember the happy times.

  19. Phil and family. So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers from my family to yours through this difficult time.

  20. Sandra and Sean Murray

    So sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. I am having a medical procedure on Monday so will not be able to be with you. Our thoughts and are with you now and always.

  21. Denise and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Please find strength and peace in your hearts.
    Sarah

  22. Paul
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your sister Paula. Our condolences to you and your entire family.
    Love
    Matt and Dottie.

  23. My deepest Sympathy for Phil and family. May you find peace and strength in your memories of Paula.

  24. AnnMarie Caldwell

    Our deepest condolences to the Murray/Delaney family. Paula was such a nice person and I am honored to have met her. Prayers to you all

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