Joe was born on July 6, 1995, in Malden, MA. He was the cherished son of John B. and Paula M. (D’Amico) Murphy. Joe and his family moved to Wilmington in 1999, where he was currently a Senior at Wilmington High School. In his early years, Joe loved to play sports; football, hockey, and lacrosse were some of his favorites.
As he matured, Joe’s artistic abilities seemed to develop and stand out. Joe was a talented and gifted writer and his artwork was truly wonderful. Joe found his niche as an animated video editor, a hobby that he shared with his brother Dennis and sister Amelia. He looked forward to Dunkin’ coffee runs and late night conversations with his sister. He loved music, and prided himself on finding underground artists that had not yet reached popularity. His ability to argue politics with his brother and father was legendary.
Joe will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor, his free spirit, and his playful nature. He loved to have fun and everyone wanted to be around him. Joe had an endearing personality, a quiet shyness, and a gift of making others feel special. He was not only kind and caring to others; he always had a soft spot for the underdog .
Joe’s family was most important to him. He would often reminisce about his childhood, all the great times together and the countless memories they shared. Joe was truly nostalgic at heart and very sentimental.
Joe will be remembered as a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, and a true friend. He will be greatly missed.
Besides his parents who survive him, Joe was the loving brother of Amelia and Dennis Murphy all of Wilmington, beloved nephew of Janice Murphy of Chelsea, Stuart Schagrin of Amherst, NH, the late Florence Schagrin and Thomas Murphy. Joe is also survived by his cousins Matthew and Caroline Schagrin, as well as many other dear cousins, his girlfriend Brianna D’Alfonso, and countless friends.’
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, January 24th from 3-6 p.m. Immediately followed by a Celebration of Joe’s Life at 6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to the Joseph A. Murphy Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 224 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887, in honor of college bound students with learning disabilities.