Henry “Murph” Witkowski, Jr.

May 23rd, 2021

Henry R. Witkowski, Jr., fondly known as “Murph”, of Wilmington, MA passed away unexpectedly at home on May 21, 2021; he was 78 years old.

Henry was born on July 9, 1942, in Boston, MA; he was the dear son of the late Henry and Wanda (Jakubiak) Witkowski. Henry was raised and educated in Chelsea and a graduate from Chelsea High School in 1960.

Henry married the love of his life Vincenza “Vinnie” Genualdo in June of 1963. The couple moved to Wilmington, MA in February of 1969 where they raised their beautiful family and created countless memories together before her untimely passing on November 4, 1993.

Family was Henry’s number one priority and his greatest accomplishment. He worked hard to provide for them and was always supportive of both his children and grandchildren. He was never afraid to share his own experiences and opinions; always making sure to let everyone know how proud he was and much he loved them.

Henry enjoyed having family and friends around his dinner table. His door was always open, and his house was often filled with visitors. Being the incredible cook he was, he looked forward to his weekly “Grandpa Murph Dinners” and cherished cooking his grandchildren’s favorite meals each week.

In his younger years, he was an auto glass installer for JN Phillips before venturing out and forming his own company. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and gardening. He was known to have quite the “green thumb,” and his wide variety of fruits and vegetables were impressive. All of which he would share with family, friends, and neighbors. In his retired years, he was an avid QVC shopper and enjoyed collecting many different trinkets and collectables. He also enjoyed “trying his luck” buying scratch tickets and visiting casinos.

Henry was outgoing, friendly, and loyal. He made many long-time friends who he kept in touch with through the years at the Knights of Columbus, VFW, DAV and the American Legion.

He will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”. He treasured every moment spent with his family and friends who he loved with all his heart and will forever be missed.

Henry was the beloved husband of the late Vincenza (Genualdo) Witkowski, devoted father of Charlene & Paul Williamson of Derry, NH, Henry Witkowski III & his wife Denise of Billerica, MA, Christopher Witkowski & his wife Leanne of Pelham, NH and Michelle Fonseca & her husband William of Methuen, MA. Loving “Grampa” of Kristina & Adam Fernald, Kara Williamson, Michael Witkowski, Lauren & Tyler Girouard, Derek Witkowski, ChristyLee & Steve Figueiras, Lindsey Witkowski, Candice Witkowski, Corey Witkowski, Troy Witkowski, Chelsea Witkowski, Alexy Fonseca, Lia Fonseca and his great-grandchildren Jaxson, Lilith, Riley, Hayden, Madilyn, as well as his anticipation of one new great grandbaby. Dear brother of the late Francis, Ronald and Dennis Witkowski. Henry is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, friends, as well as his long-time neighbor and dear friend Ruth Russo.

Family and friends will gather for visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, May 25th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Henry’s memory to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Henry “Murph” Witkowski, Jr.”

  1. Sharon Schumaci says:

    To the entire with Witkowski family. Don and I are so very sorry for your loss. I have found memories of your dad at family functions, always happy and smiling and enjoyed being with his family. He’s at peace now and by his wife side. But he will always being your heart.

  2. Kevin P Doherty says:

    To Murph’s family,

    I was saddened to learn of Murph’s passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at his most difficult time. May he RIP

  3. Isabel Purpura says:

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. May his memory be a blessing and may he rest in eternal peace. Condolences to your entire extended family.

  4. Helen (Venios) LaFreniere says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of cousin Henry. My thoughts and prayers go to all you children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was so lucky
    to have such a big loving family. Your peace will come with all the beautiful memories you all have of cousin Henry. God Bless, Helen

  5. Amelia Malatesta (Amaral) says:

    My family sends its condolences for the loss of cousin Henry. Our hearts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May all the loving memories keep him close to you always.

    With deepest sympathy,

  6. Cheryl Maglio says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Murph was an incredible character full of laughter and sarcasm. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed for sure

  7. Garry Genualdo says:

    Charlene, Henry, Chris, and Michelle. I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Murph. I cannot be there physically, but I am there in spirit.

    Love- Garry

  8. Michelle Stokes says:

    Charlene , we are so sorry for your loss of your father. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Love ,Michael and Michelle

  9. The Annaians says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Murph’s passing. He was such a great
    guy, and neighbor. May he rest in eternal peace.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time.

    Bob & Rita

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