Joseph A. Murphy

January 22nd, 2013

Joseph A. Murphy,  Murph , age 17, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on January 21, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

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.


35 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph A. Murphy”

  1. Shelley & David Sainato says:

    Dear John, Paula, Amelia and Dennis:
    We are so sorry for the loss of Joe. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers, today and always. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call. We are here for you.
    Love, Shelley & Dave

  2. Lisa Desberg says:

    To Joseph’s family and friends: I am sorry for your unimaginable loss. May his memory be a blessing unto you.
    To Joe: Just this weekend I enjoyed reading the written portion of your midyear exam; you had a way with written articulation. Your classmates and friends and I will miss you in period 7 English.

  3. Mr. Rik Rowe says:

    I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with “Murphy” at Wilmington High School as a teacher in our Math Department. I am grateful for all our memories and will keep the family and Brianna in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you already Joe.

  4. cliff thompson, eunice cushing-thompson, richard cushing, cassie cushing says:

    Our hearts goes out to you and your family during this difficult loss. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you in this trying time.
    Your family and Joe will be in our prayers.

  5. Donald MacMelville says:

    Paola and John: I am so sorry to hear about this I don’t even know what I could say that would make any difference. Please know that I am thinking about you and sending prayers your way.

  6. Joanne Benton says:

    Dear Murphy Family,
    The entire Wilmington Public School community
    sends there love and prayers to all of you. Our hearts
    are broken. Joe will forever be a part of our school
    Joanne Benton
    Superintendent of Schools

  7. Stephen Wright says:

    Dear John, Paula and family, We are so sorry for your loss and cant even imagine the sadness in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Wright Family

  8. Lexi Marion says:

    Dear Murphy family, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Joe and I were good friends, I will cherish every memory I shared with him. You’re all in my prayers.

  9. The D'Alfonso Family says:

    Dear Paula, John, Amelia, and Dennis,
    We are heartbroken for your loss. Our family is fortunate to have gotten to know Joe and will miss his smile and sense of humor. We will keep Joe in our hearts and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Kim Mytych says:

    Dear John, Paula and Family. Words can not describe how very sorry I am for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Mytych Family

  11. Becca Leonard says:

    Dear John, Paula and family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With are so sorry for your loss.
    Becca Chris Ollie and Brad

  12. The Masiello Family says:

    To the Murphy Family and Brianna
    So sorry for your loss. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Masiello Family

  13. Lisa Bellavia says:

    To the Murphy Family-

    You are in my thoughts. I am incredibly sorry for your tragic loss. I will remember Joe as a bright, good natured, friendly young man. I am so glad I had the opportunity to teach him and get to know him for the wonderful young man he was. He will be missed.

    -Ms. Bellavia

  14. Dan Fionte says:

    Dear Murphy Family,

    I was fortunate to get to know Joe last year as his teacher, and will miss saying hello in the hallway between classes, as we did often this year. I’m sorry for your loss. The WHS community is a tight knit one, and he will be greatly missed.

    Sincerely, Mr. Fionte

  15. The Mercier Family says:

    Dear John, Paula, Amelia and Dennis,

    Our hearts are in pieces over the loss of your beloved Joe. Please know that our thoughts are with you now and always and if there is anything we can do to help, it will be done.

    Love, Michael and Julie

  16. The Rose Family says:

    In this most difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your love and memories sustain you and give you strength in this time of loss.

    The Rose Family

  17. Andrea Wickwire says:

    To Joe’s Family & Friends,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Joe’s warm smile, fun sense of humor, and sensitive heart will remain
    forever in my memory.

    Love, Mrs. Wickwire

  18. Jodi Gird-Rodriguez says:

    Paula, John, Amelia and Dennis: I am terribly sorry for your loss. I don’t even know what to say. May the wonderful memories of Joe give you the strength to go on. Thinking of you all.

  19. Carol Corcelli says:

    Paula, my longtime great friend, I want you to know what a handsome young man Joe grew to be. All the wonderful things he accomplished will forever make you feel so proud of him. Please know that I am truly sorry and as a mother, I am so deeply saddened. My prayers go out to you, John, Dennis and Amelia.

  20. Jenn Walker says:

    I was fortunate enough to have Joe as a student a few years ago before I moved south. He was certainly one of those kids that made you smile. He was extremely creative and I enjoyed our conversations. He was a kid that really seemed to find his way before I left, and I really enjoyed watching him grow and prosper. It is certainly a tragic loss and you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Sharon Ruff says:

    So very sorry to hear of your loss-I remember Joe back when he was younger – my son Matt, Dylan, Dan and Joe would get together whether it was hanging out, going to a movie or coming over for pizza and video games. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
    The Ruff Family

  22. Eleanor Blake says:

    Joe’s Family and Friends:
    I had the pleasure of knowing Joe and will so miss seeing his smile. I am so sorry at your loss and please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Blakey (WHS)

  23. Judy O'Connell says:

    Dear John, Paula, Amelia and Dennis:

    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. You are all in my thoughts and prayers now and in the future. As long time neighbors and friends of Shelley and Dave and many others, we are all here for you. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to let us know.

    Judy O’Connell

  24. L Thomas says:

    The pain of losing a child can seem to be unbearable; please accept my heartfelt sympathy. May Jehovah God comfort you all during this very sad time; and the resurrection hope sustain you as Jesus promised in John 5:28, 29.

  25. Nina Homola says:

    Dear Murphy Family,

    I did not know your son personally but as the parent of a Wilmington senior I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you for your profound loss. I pray that your memories will provide you peace and that the love of friends and family will sustain you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  26. Tricia McCann says:

    Paola, John, Amelia and Dennis,
    Our hearts are broken over the loss of Joe. His memory will live with you forever, in your heart. Please know that we are here for you no matter what you may need. Please do not hesitate to ask.We will be praying for you always. RIP Joe.
    Love, Bob and Tricia

  27. The Ryan Family says:

    We wanted to express our sympathy and prayers to you during this most painful time of loss for you. Wrap your memories of Joe tightly around your hearts to help you endure the days to come and we pray that these memories and love for him will help you through your grief. You will be in our prayers.

    The Ryan Family

  28. Kyle Lawless says:

    Auntie Paula, Uncle John, Dennis, and Ameila,

    I am so sorry. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers.


  29. Katherine Lawless says:

    I will miss Joey very much and though he is gone he will never be forgotten. Joey and all of my memories with him will always have a place in my heart. I love you

  30. Yvonne & John Lentini says:

    Dear Paula & Family,
    John & I were very saddened to hear of your loss. There are no right words to say. If we learned anything about loss is that the pain never goes away & you learn to accept it. Please cherish the memories. Joey will be in your hearts forever. You & your family will be in our prayers to give you strength to get through this tragic time. Sending our love, Yvonne & John Lentini

    P.S. Sending prayers to heaven for Joey xoxox

  31. Grace Driscoll says:

    My heart is broken for all of you. Sending my love. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers…..Cousin Grace

  32. The Tkachuk Family says:

    Dear John, Paula, Amelia, and Dennis:
    We were so saddened when we heard the news of your loss. May you cherish all the great memories you shared with Joe (and as neighbors we know there were many), and may these memories give you strength day in and day out. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Mary, Joe, and Kamy

  33. The Virtue Family says:

    Dear Murphy Family…
    Ed and I are so deeply saddened to learn of Joey’s passing. We fondly remember our time in Wilmington and what a great friend to Carrick both of your boys were…it’s hard to fit in when you are only somewhere 5 weeks a year and Joey always made sure Carrick did. As a family you were always so welcoming and kind to us “newbies” and that manner carried over to Joey. We have thought of little else this week…our hearts are heavy for you. May God hold you in His arms and comfort you as he is doing now for Joey. Love, Ed, Cindy, Carrick, Lila Jane and Emma

  34. The Thompson Family says:

    Dear John & Family:
    We are so sad to hear of your son’s passing. Try to take comfort in all the happy memories you have.
    Brian, Nicole & Family

  35. Bill Taylor says:

    Dear John & Family,
    Just heard of the loss of your son. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    The Taylor Family

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