Obituaries

Lynne M. Murphy

August 29th, 2014

Lynne M. Murphy, age 51, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends at Lahey Medical Center in Burlington on Thursday, August 28th, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the cherished daughter of Joseph and Catherine Murphy of Wilmington, sister of Joseph Murphy and Brian Murphy of Cumberland, RI, and Jeffrey Murphy of Los Angeles, CA.

Lynne was the loving aunt of Matthew, Caitlin, Jack, Zachary, and Annika Murphy, all of Cumberland, RI.

She was also the sister in law to Susan Hogan Murphy and Christine Losea Murphy also of Cumberland, RI.  Lynne is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Lynne graduated from Nazareth Academy, Wakefield, MA, where she excelled in athletics, captaining the softball team and was a member of the Catholic Conference Championship basketball team her senior year.

She was also an excellent figure skater, competing at various levels as a youngster.

She graduated from Worcester State University, and entered the business world after graduation.

Lynne was an Account Executive for the TOPS/RR Donnelley Corporation of Chicago, IL following several successful years working as a retail music & media buyer for the Lechmere and Ames Corporations.

She loved the ocean, vacationing each year at Popponesset Beach on Cape Cod, enjoying summers at the beach with her family over a 48 year period.

Lynne loved her family especially her five nieces and nephews, and they truly loved their Auntie Lynne.

She was a kind, caring, thoughtful, considerate, and generous person who will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all her family members and those who loved her.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rt. 62), Wilmington, MA on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading at 11:30 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 2nd from 4-8pm.

Memorial donations in Lynne’s name may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Lynne M. Murphy”

  1. Kathy Andreone says:

    Dear Lynne’s family,
    I am very sorry for your loss! I am heart broken and shocked to hear this news. I loved Murph as my own sister from high school and have survived breast cancer myself of 14 years now. Praying for all of you!
    Kathy Andreone Bethlehem GA

  2. Meg Ann Lawson says:

    I’m very saddened by the news of Lynne’s passing. We played basketball together, went to a friends ‘ condo in NH together, went with friends to Florida our Senior year together, and shared in the ups and downs of high school. I’ll never forget Lynne’s ability to put a smile on someone else’s face by her humor or by her ability to sing. Lynne was not just a friend to me, she was, as Kathy stated above, like a sister to me. I am sorry for your loss !! Rest Easy, Lynne. Xo Meg Lawson, Athens, Georgia

  3. Lisa McFarland Wilson says:

    I was just informed about Lynne’s passing absolutely devistated. Lynne an I grew up together in will intron and were friends all the way through high school. Lost touch when we went our separate ways through life. My prayers are with mr and mrs Murphy and the family at this time. I will keep all of them in my prayers.

  4. Eunice Browne says:

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, Joey, Brian and Jeff and extended family,

    I am terribly saddened to learn of Lynne’s untimely passing. My heart goes out to all of you.

    My memories of Lynne come from two places.

    First, but really second, those memories come from Naz. She welcomed me as a Naz girl when I enrolled as a scared sophomore. She was an upperclasswoman, a year ahead of me, but always had a smile for me in the hall. I remember a very good basketball player. She led the teams to much success and brought excitement to our athletics.

    Lynne was a talented vocalist and actress too. She scored a leading role as Tzeitel in her senior play “Fiddler on the Roof” and did an amazing job with the role. I still have photos in my Naz album of the play and recall fond memories of play practice (where I worked backstage) and of performance nights where she rocked the house.

    Lynne had tons of friends from all groups of girls at Naz. She never seemed to be a part of a clique. She loved all the girls and we loved her. Lynne had a big heart, (big hair!) a big laugh and loved life and being a Naz girl.

    But my first memories of Lynne come way before our shared time at Naz.

    Every July as I was growing up, my family rented a cottage for two weeks on Popponesset Beach in Mashpee on Cape Cod. I believe it was the summer of 1977 when my path crossed with Lynne.

    That summer, in the first day or two of our vacation, my brother Ted met Lynne’s younger brothers Brian and Jeff on the beach and they quickly became a pack. The Murphy’s cottage was on the next street over from ours but it was really a short hop between a backyard or two and you were knocking on their back door. Ted was with them non-stop – if not on the beach then visiting at their cottage or the boys were at ours.

    I was a sulky 13 year old all put out on this family vacation where I had no friends my age. So I did what all good 13 year olds do – I pouted and sulked.

    Each day, my parents would say – “They look like they have a girl your age, why don’t you go over there with Ted after supper and introduce yourself”. I continued to sulk. Finally a couple of nights before our vacation drew to a close, I got up the gumption to go over there (read: dragged over there by my little brother). I met Lynne and all I can say is “why did I not go visit sooner”.

    We became fast friends for the couple of days we had left. But we returned to the same cottage on the same weeks for the next 2 or 3 summers. Lynne and I were inseparable. We slept over at each other’s cottages (one night my parents would take the boys and we would stay at Lynne’s then vice versa), even trying our hand at sleeping in a tent (unsuccessfully). We would swap off in the same way going to Saturday night Mass at Queen of All Saints. We walked together to the Ice Cream Patch to get ice cream (we were a rowdy bunch!)

    One of our favorite activities was using my Dad’s binoculars to scope out the cute boys on the beach. We found one, his name was Jeff, and he had a sailboat so we would be on the lookout for that. (Guess my Dad thought we were looking more closely at the seagulls or the horizon or something!).

    The other great thing about the Murphy family is that they had cousins and the cousins had cousins. The Murphy cousins, the Barrs, rented the cottage next to us. There were 4 kids there. The Barr’s cousins the McNulty’s rented the cottage behind us and I think there were 3 of them. So in total there were 13 kids of varying ages and we all played together, on the beach, ball in the street, and especially pokeno and dancing to the latest tunes from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

    I have so many memories of those times. My aunt now has a condo in the area and when I visit down there those memories come flooding back.
    Growing up we spent every summer there from the time I was a year old til I was almost 17, renting various cottages and making many summertime friends along the way.

    I can say without a doubt, that hands down, through all those years, my time shared with Lynne and her extended family was the best of all those many summers.

    I’ve tried to track Lynne down many times over the years but without success. Now all I can do is hold those memories close to my heart and wish her peace and joy in the next life
    .
    Rest easy my friend. Popponesset will always hold fond memories of our time together. I will think of you each time I sit on the sea wall or walk the beach at the end of Kim Path and Squaw’s Lane.

    Murphy family, thank you for sharing such a wonderful girl with the Browne family. We loved her and loved your friendship during those special years. Peace be with you.

    My Mom and brother Ted send their love and condolences as well.

    Love,
    Eunice Browne

  5. Leo Gillespie says:

    So sad to hear of Lynne’s passing. She, and all the Murphy family will be in my family’s prayers.

    With Love,
    Leo Carroll Gillespie

  6. Brian O'Malley says:

    I went to Worcester state with Lynn, and was in Godspell with her. She was someone i always regret losing touch with.
    I am sorry for your loss and you are all in my prayers.

  7. Steve Ellis says:

    Thank you to the family for the gift Lynne was to us. I only knew Lynn for a short time back at WSC but I think of her often. “Meet your new road” Lynne. We will travel it together again one day.

  8. Monica Spozdzial Poulin says:

    I am so shocked about Lynne’s passing. She was a very special person, and a wonderful friend. We went to Worcester State together, and had many wonderful times, especially with Godspell and Joseph. I am so sorry for your loss, and Lynne, I’m sure we will meet again. Love, Monica

  9. Kevin McDonough says:

    ear Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, Joey, Brian and Jeff and family,
    I am devastated to have just learned of Lynn’s passing. I went to WSC with Lynn and was very good friends with her. 35 years later I find myself still singing her song from Godspell “Where are you going”. After College we did some work together when she was at Lechmere. I had been trying over the last couple of years to reconnect with her and had a sense that something was wrong. She was a beautiful lady and a beautiful soul. I’m sorry for our loss and I am happy that she is at peace and singing with the angels with that beautiful voice reunited with Father Roland. I wish I could have said goodbye.
    Sincerely,

    Kevin McDonough

  10. Sara Muzzey says:

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, Joe, Brian, Jeff and family:
    I am heartbroken to learn of Lynne’s passing. We met at WSC as housemates and quickly became good friends. In fact, she quickly became friends with everyone in the house. She was warm, loving, generous, and her beautiful smile lit up a room and always put everyone at ease. We remained good friends after college as well. She would often visit me in New York, and we called each other every year on our birthdays, both of which were in August! I will miss her so very much, and I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Much love for Lynne and all who cherish her,
    Sara Muzzey

  11. Frank and elaine quint says:

    Dearest Cathy and Joe. Frank and I and Herb and Lou are devistated to learn of Lynne’s passing. We would have been there with you to pay our respects and love to you but didn’t know this had happened and now it is too late. Our love and thoughts are with you and your family. We love you

  12. Herb and Louise Lyon says:

    Joe and Cathy – we just learned of your beautiful Lynne’s passing. We are so sorry for your unimaginable loss. Our prayers, thoughts and love are with you and your family. Love, Herb and Lou

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