Murphy, Thomas J. Jr.

Murphy, Thomas J. Jr., A longtime resident of Stoneham and also of Chatham passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on August 12, 2020. Beloved husband of 62 years to Mary T. (Hynes) Murphy. Son of the late Thomas J. Murphy and Mary (McKenna) Murphy. Loving father of Tara Mitchell and her husband John of Stoneham, Kathleen Murphy and Travis Lee of Middleton, Kerry (Murphy) Castrucci and Sean Kenney of Wilmington, Elaine Shuttleworth and her husband Dana of Georgetown, Thomas Murphy and his wife Cheryl of Stoneham and Meghan Murphy and Angelo Salamone of Lynnfield.  Devoted brother of the late James, Margaret, Agnes, Eileen, Mary, Ann and Charles. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Kelly, John and Kristine Mitchell, James Castrucci and Nikki Oteri, Matthew Shuttleworth, Katie and Brenna Murphy, 4 great grandchildren Kailey and Mason Allen, Landon & Teagan Mitchell and many loving nieces and nephews. 

          Born in Taunton, Tom grew up on William St. in Stoneham.  After graduating St. Patrick High School, class of 1948, Tom served his country in the U.S. Navy.   Tom was married to Mary at St. Joseph’s Church in Somerville and together had six children.  They brought their family up in Stoneham where Tom held the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Public Works Department for over 30 years.  Tom’s quick wit & humor made an imprint in the community many would never forget.  He was also a member of the Mass Water Works Association and a past exalted ruler of the Wakefield Lodge of Elks.  Tom loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends at the home he built with the help of his friends over 40 years ago in Chatham.  He enjoyed quahogging, fishing, catching a Chatham A’s ball game, working on home projects and entertaining those who stopped by.

          Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St., Stoneham on Monday from 4-7 p.m.  Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham on Tuesday at 10 a.m. followed by an interment at Lindenwood Cemetery in Stoneham.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts Elks Scholarship Fund, Wakefield Elks Lodge #1276, 63 Bay State Rd. Wakefield, MA.  For directions and guestbook, please visit www.mcdonaldfs.com