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Richard F. “Dick” Murphy

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, September 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith murphy-richardHome for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE, for RICHARD F. MURPHY, who passed following a long illness on Sunday, September 18th at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, September 24th at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in Our Lady of Grace, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea (on the Chelsea-Everett Line) at 10:30 a.m.

Born in Portland, Maine, he came to live in Saugus as a young boy, remaining in Saugus until 1973 when he married M. Noreen (Cafano), a Revere girl and East Boston native. They lived in Revere for over 30 years, before moving to Chelsea’s Admiral’s Hill, ten years ago. He attended Saugus Schools & was a 1961 alumnus of Saugus High School. On New Year’s Eve of 1961, he entered the Marine Corps during the Viet-Nam War & served until April of 1966. Early in his youth, Dick became a Big Brother for Mass. Big Brothers & served that organization tremendously. He would often reminisce, regarding the joy that he received from his long association with the organization. Most of his working career was in the airline profession, as a flight inspector, & a private & commercial Pilot. He had ten years in the employ of American Airlines & thusly returned to the Daniel Webster College at Hanscom Airforce Base & secured his “Commercial Pilot’s” license. Dick had a brilliant career with Hanscom for several years, and having retired from there, because of failing health, went onto part time work as a driving instructor Pleasant Auto School of Revere. A victim agent Orange, he was subjected to an early retirement with the Pleasant Auto School. He was a long-time member of the Saugus American Legion Post #0210 & the Saugus Chapter of the DAV #115.

He is the most beloved husband of 43 years to M. Noreen (Cafano ), the devoted son of Winnifred E. (Monahan) Murphy of Saugus & the late Bernard D. Murphy. He is the dear brother to Bernard D. “Donnie” Murphy & his wife, Joanne of Saddlebrook, Arizona & Patricia A. Maestranzi & her husband, Joseph of Peabody. He is the cherished uncle of Michael R. Murphy & his wife Jennifer of Arizona, Brendan J. Murphy & Sauda of Georgia & Matthew M. Maestranzi of W. Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by many cousins throughout the North Shore Area. Noreen, Dick’s dedicated & faithful wife and the entire Murphy family extend and pray for an abundance of blessings to be bestowed upon the Entire Staff at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Facility in Chelsea, in small recompense for the extraordinary care and attention rendered Dick and his entire family .. God bless and God love, each and every one of you. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Visiting Hours

Friday, September 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Funeral Mass

Saturday, September 24th at 10:30 am in Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea


Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: N.E. Center & Home for Veterans, Advancement Office, P.O. Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257.

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  1. Timothy A Zadai
    Sep 23 2016

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of Dick. You both will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Tim and Anne Zadai

  2. Joe & Donna Guide
    Sep 22 2016

    So sorry for your loss Noreen. Dick was such a nice guy.

  3. Marybeth Dwyer
    Sep 21 2016

    I am so sorry for your loss Noreen and for the Murphy family loss. Please know I’ll keep you all in my prayers. Dick was a great guy!

  4. Earl and Janice Burns
    Sep 20 2016

    We were blessed to know Dick and call him our friend. He was one of a kind, and truly one of the gentlest, most kind-hearted men we’ve ever known. He was always so generous with his time and talent, and I know we’ll always remember him with his trusty video camera on his shoulder!

    We are so sorry we can’t be with you at this time. We are sending much love to you, Noreen, and may God bless you and all the Murphy family.

    Earl and Janice Burns

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