OBITUARY: William F. “Bill” Murphy, 90

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — William F. Murphy, “Bill”, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 14, 2022.

Bill was born in Boston, MA, on November 21, 1931; he was the dear son of the late Julia (Kiley) Murphy. Bill was raised and educated in Charlestown, MA and a graduate of Charlestown High School with the Class of 1948.

Bill married “his sweetheart” Mary McCabe on August 4, 1951; the couple lived in Charlestown for a few years before moving “up country” to Wilmington. Bill and Mary made a wonderful home for their children, grandchildren, family and friends. Their door was always open, and they enjoyed having a houseful at all times. Bill’s unconditional love and devotion for his family was evident in everything he did.

Bill’s work ethic and great personality made him successful at work; for more than 30 years he was the Terminal Manager for Carolina Freight Trucking Company where he made many friends. Bill just couldn’t sit still so following his retirement from Carolina Freight he went on to work for Boyle Transportation Company where he remained for an additional 27 years and retired at the youthful age of 85.

When not working, Bill loved to be busy enjoying his life with family and friends. Bill and Mary loved to travel; some of their more memorable trips included Ireland, Puerto Rico, California, Las Vegas and Foxwoods “just to try their luck”. They always looked forward to their yearly trips to Siesta Key in Florida, trips to Minnesota to visit their daughter Mary and family trips to their daughter’s cottage at Lake Suncook, NH.

Bill was passionate about his Boston sports teams, but the Red Sox were his favorite to watch. Bill enjoyed watching the games and rooting on his New England teams with his family and friends.

Bill was active at the Knights of Columbus in Wilmington for many years; he helped with countless fund raisers throughout the years and was glad to volunteer his time. Bill was known “social butterfly” who never met a stranger; he made everyone feel welcomed and included. Bill also looked forward to his weekly trips to the 99 Restaurant in Wilmington where he was treated like family by the staff and enjoyed socializing with the other customers.

Bill will be fondly remembered for his great smile and infectious laugh; he was outgoing, friendly and kind towards everyone he met. Bill was proud of his Irish Heritage and his Charlestown roots; he will forever be a “Townie” at heart. Bill left many wonderful memories of great times shared with family, extended family and friends; he will forever be loved by all who knew him.

Bill was the beloved husband of the late Mary F. (McCabe) Murphy, devoted father of Cheryl Sbano & her husband Peter of Wilmington, Lynn Jordan & her husband James of Wilmington, Mary Simmer & her husband Patrick of Blaine, MN, William Murphy of Wilmington, Connie Townsend & her husband Carl of Pelham, NH and Anjean Murphy & Tony Bonarrigo of Salem, NH, and father-in-law of Maura Murphy of Iowa. Loving “Papa Willy” of Jennifer Christie & her husband Anthony, Lynette Coughlin, Renee Levesque & her husband Michael, James Jordan III, Kaitlyn Jordan, Eileen Jordan, Samantha Lain & her husband Jeremy, Bobi Simmer, Tasmin Simmer, William Murphy III, Maureen Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Michael Murphy, Ryan Townsend, Joshua Townsend, Rory Townsend, Connor Townsend & fiancé Leah Ciampa, Dylan Woodland & companion Melissa Torres, Kyle Bonarrigo and his great grandchildren Darren, Zachary, Michael, Thomas, Payton, Joslyn, Tommy, Wyatt, Trinity, Kyra, Skylar, Samara, Jack, Flynn, Logan, and he was anxiously anticipating the birth of his newest great-grandchild. Dear brother of the late Dorothy Sullivan, brother-in-law of Margaret “Penny” Blonigen of Wilmington, Patricia McCabe of Methuen and Nancy Murphy of Florida. Bill is further survived by his many nieces, nephews and their families as well as his many friends.

Family & friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, June 21st at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

William F. Murphy

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