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Richard E. Murphy

June 11, 2016

Richard E. Murphy, 88, Cadwell St., Watertown passed away June 11, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.

As per his wishes there will be no callings hours or service and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Mr. Murphy was born in Watertown on October 15, 1927, son of Patrick O. and Marion Pledger Murphy and he graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy. He was married twice, to Mary Jane Shaughnessy who died in 1978 and to Claire Augustus who died in 2013.

For 35 years he served the City of Watertown at the Watertown Fire Dept. and retired as Battalion Chief. He had played for the Watertown Red & Black and enjoyed woodworking.

Richard is survived by his son and his fiancé, Michael L. Murphy and Betty Jean Gould, Watertown three grandchildren, Allison Murphy Morley, Kelly Murphy Matyjakowski, and Ryan Murphy; two great grandchildren, Nick and Ashley Matyjakowski; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his two wives, he was predeceased by five children, Patrick, Anthony, Eleanor, Francis (in infancy), and James Murphy and his brother, Joseph W. Murphy who died in 2012.

Donations in his name may be made to National Kidney Foundation of Central New York, 731 James St., Suite 408, Syracuse, NY 13203. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#10 bruce macdonald 2016-06-17 11:07
so sorry to here dick passing
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#9 Isaac and Liz Zehr 2016-06-16 09:02
We were so saddened to hear of Mr. Murphy's passing.
He was a wonderful neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.
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#8 Chris Dickson 2016-06-16 08:58
Murph, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing...think ing of you at this sad time.
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#7 Megan Corbett 2016-06-15 19:54
Cousin Mike and family, i am sad to hear of Dick's passing. I loved the way Dick and Joe told stories and Jokes. Great memories with our times together. Now all the Murphy's are together again. I bet it is one heck of a party! My thoughts and prayers are with you! Megan Corbett Ladouceur
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#6 R. Bruce Dempster 2016-06-15 16:30
Mike, sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Another of Watertown's old guard gone. Stay strong brother.
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#5 Angela Loftus 2016-06-15 10:23
Mike, thinking of you today.
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#4 Joe and Pat Gravelle 2016-06-14 20:25
Dick was a fine Firefighter and a great Union leader. He will be mIssed by all who had the privilege of serving with him in the fire service.
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#3 Jim Corbett 2016-06-14 20:12
Mike, Sue and I are so sorry to learn of Dick's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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#2 Debbie Champlin 2016-06-14 18:45
Mike, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your father. I am keeping you and Betty in my thoughts and prayers. Peace, Debbie Champlin Cougler
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#1 Betty gould 2016-06-14 18:34
You took the place of my dad after he passed. You were my father in law and I loved you. Rest in piece.
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