James W. Murphy of Chelmsford, MA

1932 - 2022

US Veteran U.S. Navy

No Vistitation Date Scheduled


June 17, 2022
1:00 P.M.
St. Mary Church, 25 North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824

James Walter Murphy, 89, of Chelmsford, MA died Monday, June 13, 2022 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was married to the late Eleanor Marie (Fahey) Murphy who predeceased him on June 4, 2016.

Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of the late James A. Murphy and Gertrude (Burke) Murphy.

James graduated from Keith Academy, Lowell, with the class of 1949.  He is a graduate of Northeastern University with the class of 1955 with a BS in Business Administration with honors.

He served with the United States Navy during the Korean War and later served for 20 years with the Naval Reserves.

He retired from Vivid Technologies of Woburn.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford, MA, and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

He was a former member of the Chelmsford Elks.

He was a devoted Boston sports fan, enjoyed crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader.

James is survived by three daughters, Karen and her husband, Ted Ruder of Middletown, CT, Laura and her husband, Paul Goldberg of Chelmsford, MA, and Barbara Murphy of Tyngsboro, MA; four sons and their wives, Ret. Chelmsford Police Chief, James F. and Kristine Murphy formerly of Chelmsford, MA, Edward and Ellen Murphy of Chelmsford, MA, Stephen and Susan Murphy of Danvers, MA, and John and Eva Murphy of Simsbury, CT; a brother, John “Jack” and Joyce Murphy of Tyngsboro, MA; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Mary Kenny and grandfather to the late Benjamin Goldberg.

The family would like to thank the staff at Chelmsford Crossings for providing care and comfort to Jim for the last several years.


At the family’s request there will be no visiting hours. Please join James’ family for a Funeral Mass Friday, June 17 at 1pm at St. Mary Church in Chelmsford, MA.  Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. Memorials may be made in his name to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540 www.autismspeaks.org  or Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574 www.ccals.org. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.

5 Condolences for James W. Murphy of Chelmsford, MA

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    Beth LeBlanc


    Ed, I am so sorry about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Chandonnet Family


    Sending the Murphy family our condolences. Great family friends for a very long time!

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    Christina Wolf


    Sending all of the Murphy my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad. Wishing you all comfort and peace.

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    Patricia Curran


    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your father.
    Pat & Steve Curran

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    Frank and Julie Rouine


    Jim, Kris and Family, we are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all at this time.

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