DANVERS, MA: Francis J. Murphy, Jr. passed away on May 30, at The Kaplan House surrounded by his family. Born in Salem on December 16, 1925, he was the son of the late Francis J. Murphy, Sr. and Elizabeth (O’Donnell) Murphy.
Francis was raised and educated in Salem and graduated from Salem High School. Married to Isabelle (Jaworski) Murphy in 1947, they shared 68 years of marriage, and raised seven children. He was a great conversationalist and would love to share the stories and adventures of his life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and in his early years he was a Danvers Reserve Police Officer. Francis was an employee of Sylvania for over 40 years and was a member of the Quarter Century Club. He spent his retirement years residing in both Danvers and Lehigh Acres, Fla. During these years, Francis and his wife traveled between their four homes. They spent summer months traveling to their home in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, before traveling onto their home in St. Pierre de Broughton, Quebec Province, Canada. Further enriching Francis’ life were the many friendships he made along the way. Francis was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Mary’s Annunciation Church in Danvers and St. Raphael’s of Lehigh Acres. Francis was also a Third Order Carmelite a distinction earned by few Catholics.
Francis was predeceased by his wife Isabelle, and is survived by his children, Kenneth Murphy and his wife, Geri of Peabody, June Carrarini and her husband, Bob of Beverly, Kevin Murphy of Danvers, Francis J. Murphy III of New Hampshire, Richard Murphy and his wife, Dot of Topsfield and Sheila Redfield and her husband, Scott of Danvers, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Francis was predeceased by his sisters June-Marie and Claire, and his brothers Edward, Donald, John.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visiting hours on Wednesday morning June 5th at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 South Main Street, Middleton, MA, from 9:00 to 11:00. a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at St. Mary's of the Annunciation Parish, 24 Conant Street, Danvers. Burial is in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
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