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RITA J. (MCCARTHY) MURPHY Obituary
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September 22, 2018

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September 24, 2017
With Deepest Sympathy to all of Rita's family.You now have a special guardian angel watching over you.
September 24, 2017
Rita J. Murphy moved to the United States from Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1947 after marrying her husband, John J. Murphy of Cambridge, Mass. She worked for a while at the Food Fair grocery store on Harvard Avenue in Allston, Mass., delighting all who stopped by the floral and tobacco counter before beginning a long and successful career in the hospitality industry. She began as a hostess in the dining room of the old Boston Statler Hotel before moving to the then newly built Sheraton Boston Hotel. She was the manager of the Persian Lounge and later the Riviera dining room, which, among other things, boasted singing waiters and waitresses. Rita was so successful as a manager at the Sheraton Boston that Marriott took an interest in her and wooed her in 1974 to their first property in the Boston area, the Newton Marriott. That was the beginning of a storied thirty-two-year-plus career with Marriott Hotels. In addition to the Newton Marriott, Rita also worked at the Marriott Long Wharf and the Cambridge Marriott in Kendall Square where she wrapped up her career as a concierge at the age of 82. Rita also worked on many Marriott task forces traveling the country to train new personnel at new Marriott properties.
September 24, 2017
Rita would often visit her birth place of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Our families were close friends and we would have had many wonderful visits and card games and fun with this charming woman. She was an elegant lady. My prayers for the loss of Rita. Remember the great times and cherish the memories. God Bless you all.
September 24, 2017