Obituaries

Murphy, Timothy

May 23rd, 2010

Timothy J. Murphy, age 59, of Wilmington, formerly of North Reading, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2010, peacefully at home with his family at his side following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Boston, MA, on September 1, 1950, Tim was the cherished son of the late James T. and Ruth H. (Glavin) Murphy. He grew up in North Reading, MA and was a graduate of North Reading High School. Tim furthered his education by earning a Bachelors Degree from Lowell Tech College and started towards his Masters at M.I.T. in Cambridge when he was first diagnosed 30 years ago. Tim had to withdraw from school while he fought to recover, which he did, living a full life with his family. When he regained his strength, Tim returned to the Masters program at Northeastern University in Boston and proudly graduated with his Degree.

Tim was employed for over 30 years at DRC in Andover and then as a Senior Systems Analyst for Raytheon in Woburn for several years.

Tim married Bonnie L. Stokes on April 19, 1975; they lived in Tewksbury for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1979. Together they had four beautiful children, Tim’s pride and joy. Tim was very devoted to his family, he loved playing board games with the children, attending their school and sporting events, and coaching their soccer teams for many years. He was very proud of all their accomplishments. Tim was a loving husband and best friend to his wife Bonnie for over 35 years and he was an exceptional son to his mother Ruth who he unselfishly cared for until her passing in February of this year.

In his spare time, Tim enjoyed going to Foxwoods, trips to Las Vegas, he loved to follow the stock market on his computer, and was an avid golfer.

Tim was also a man of great faith and attended St. Thomas of Villanova Church regularly where he was a lector. When Tim’s disease returned last summer, he handled the diagnosis with much strength and grace, he fought hard to enjoy each day spent with his family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Tim was the beloved husband of Bonnie L. (Stokes) Murphy, devoted father of Anne Nowland & her husband Ian of Cambridge, Robert Murphy of Andover, Matthew Murphy and Kerri Murphy both of Wilmington, dear cousin of Judy Ales of Vermont and the late Jeanne Phillips, son-in-law of Frank & Vi Stokes of Woburn and brother-in-law of Frank & Cheryl Stokes of Westborough.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 27th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, May 26th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Timothy’s name may be made to St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA 01887, Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, Ma 01843, or to the Montvale Congregational Church, P. O. Box 76, Woburn, MA 01801.

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10 Entries in Guest Book for “Murphy, Timothy”

  1. Cheryl Ryan says:

    Bonnie and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, Tim was a wonderful man and collegue. I had the pleasure of working with Tim at Raytheon and he was always kind and helpful. My sympathies to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Cheryl Ryan

  2. Sandra & Joe Sonsini says:

    To the Murphy Family: We are the brother-in-law/sister-in-law of Jim Lally. Unfortunately, Jim is out of the country on vacation and will not be able to attend the services for Tim. We are so sorry for your loss – Jim had worked with and also played golf with Tim for many years and I know he really valued their friendship. We were fortunate enough to have met Tim – Joe had even played golf with them a few times. He was very nice man and he will be missed. On behalf of Jim Lally we offer our sincere condolences to your entire family – I know Jim will be in touch with you when he returns and will be saddened to learn of Tims passing.

  3. George Adams says:

    The Raytheon team will dearly miss Tim. He was a wonderful person, who was intelligent, passionate and committed to the people here as well as his project.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and Tim as you go thru this process.

    George Adams.

  4. Bob McCoy says:

    To the Murphy family:
    For the 10+ years Tim served as the “Murphy Golf League” – “Commissioner”, player, but most importantly – as our friend….Our deepest regrets, prayers, and thoughts are with you all today…and always. I know I speak on behalf of many, this year and for all years past. You are…and will forever be missed! God Bless you Tim!

    Bob McCoy – representing
    “Murphy’s Golf League” – 2010

  5. Arthur B Johnson says:

    I will miss Tim. Not only did he provide the core database upon which our radar operates, he shared his wisdom and good nature with everyone on the XBR team.

  6. Jim & Mimi Pierce says:

    Dear Bonnie & family,
    Our hearts & thoughts are with at this time. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Try to concentrate on all the good memories.
    Our thoughts & Love,
    Jim & Mimi

  7. Egide Houndegla says:

    To Tim Family,
    Words fail to express the sorrow and sympathy I wish I could convey to you. I worked with Tim on the CDD program (at Raytheon) in 2006-2007. My first thought when I heard the news took me back to our days on the CDD team together. He was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. I send my love and prayers to you.

    Egide Houndegla
    Raytheon (Woburn, MA) May 26, 2010

  8. Julie Doucette says:

    Dear Bonnie,
    I am so sorry to learn of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Julie (O’Mara) Doucette

  9. Don Easterday says:

    To the family of Tim:
    Forgive my late expression of condolence. I was grieved to find the announcement of Tim’s passing forwarded by a colleague in my absence last week. Moreover I had no awareness of Tim’s struggle as we had not seen each other very often, and then only in passing, for the past year since I moved to another project after working rather closely with Tim for several months. Our acquaintance was rather abbbrievated but quite rewarding for me as we were able to visit golfing, children (Ihave a son who graduated RPI), Redsox, movies (I think my last note to Tim was to thank for recommendation of the “World’s FAstest Indian”.), etc. But never did I hear a hint of his struggles with cancer.

    Best wishes for your family in recoving from your loss.

  10. Lillan and Warren Lelless says:

    Our hearts ache for you and the family. This was a great loss of a wonderful husband and father. We’re so glad he beat it the first time and had these years with you and watching his four children grow up. While this is a terrible loss, cherish remembering all of the wonderful times and be glad you were with him until the end. He left you in body, but will always be with you in spirit and the love he shared with all of you. God bless your family. May his memory be eternal.

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