Farming Rural 07

William F Murphy

November 6, 1933 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old


Monson-William Francis Murphy 89, passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family. Bill was born in Palmer, on November 6, 1933 to the late Thomas F. Murphy and Mary A. (Hogan) Murphy.

Bill was the quintessential farmer who enjoyed a simple life. A very kind individual, Bill cared for his parents in their later years. Bill’s dedication to being a hard worker and knowledge of agriculture was essential to keeping the family farm running throughout the years. A quiet observer, Bill possessed wisdom with regard to situations that he had never himself experienced. Current local and national events intrigued Bill, as he read a newspaper daily and watched the national news nightly. Bill achieved serenity and calm through caring for his animals, especially his barn cat which he promoted to house cat, Smokey. Bill was a wonderful Uncle, Great Uncle, and Great, Great Uncle who will be dearly missed for his quick wit and his blunt forthrightness seen ever so clearly in his bright blue Irish eyes.

Bill was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas B. Murphy and his wife Mary, and John R. Murphy, as well as sisters, Dorothy Harris and her husband John, Helen Colling, and Mary Parker and her husband Giles. He leaves several generations of loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to say a very special thank you to the group of people that cared for Bill so much in recent years, Julia McLeod, Kate Murphy, Ben Murphy and daughter Kay Kay Murphy, Mary and Ron Hedspeth, and Maggie, Chris, and daughter Lizzie Miller.

Friends are asked to gather directly at St. Patrick's Church 22 Green St in Monson, Friday September 8, 2023 for Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10am. Burial will follow at Bethany Cemetery in Monson. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Bill's memory to St. Patrick’s Restoration Fund P.O. Box 473 Monson, MA 01057. 

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Funeral Liturgy
September 8, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church
22 Green St
Monson, MA 01057

September 8, 2023

11:00 AM
Bethany Cemetery
Bethany Road
Monson, MA 01057


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