SOMERSET - Thomas R. Murphy, 85, of Lilac St., Somerset, died Saturday, January 10, 2009, at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. Born in Fall River, a son of the late James W. & Elizabeth (Jackson) Murphy, he was the husband of Virginia (Cummings) Murphy, to whom he was married for more than sixty-two years.
A graduate of the Coyle Cassidy High School Class of 1941, Mr. Murphy was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving both in WWII and the Korean War. He was a Radarman First Class, and having been injured in the War, he received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Murphy worked for the Durfee Pacific Oil Company as a salesman, and later, Cummings & Bushell Auto Parts of Fall River, and the KP Manning Auto Parts before retiring in 2003 . He was the owner of the Durfee Parking Lot in Fall River for fifteen years. He was a member of the D.A.V., and also a fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, James W. Murphy of Somerset; three daughters, Elizabeth Murphy of Somerset, Susan Vieira of Somerset, and Ann Travassos of Pipersville, PA; two brothers, Raymond P. Murphy of Yonkers, NY, and James E. Murphy of Fall River; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late William F. Murphy and Katherine Grout.
His funeral will be held Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 8:00AM from THE HATHAWAY COMMUNITY HOME FOR FUNERALS, 900 Buffinton St., Somerset, MA, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00AM in St. Patrick's Church, 306 South St., Somerset. Burial with Military Honors will follow the Mass in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Somerset. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, January 13, from 4:00-8:00PM. To LIGHT A CANDLE, SIGN THE MEMORIAL REGISTER, consult THE GRIEF LIBRARY, or obtain FACILITY DIRECTIONS, should please log on to www.hathawayfunerals.com., or please telephone 508/672-3572.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Village South Plaza, 472 South St. West, Unit 13, Raynham MA 02767, or 800/548-2111, or www.alz.org/manh.