Edward F. Murphy Jr.
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Retired Deputy Superintendent
Lowell Police Dept.
LOWELL -- Edward F. Murphy, Jr., 94, of Lowell, retired Deputy Superintendent for the Lowell Police Department, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, after a long illness. He was the widower of the late Josephine G. (Fitzgerald) Murphy who died in 2002.
A son of the late Edward F. Murphy, Sr., and the late Nora (Ryan) Murphy, he was born July 3, 1918 in Lowell, attended Keith Academy graduating Class of 1935. He then attended Lowell Commercial College and graduated University of Massachusetts Lowell with an associated degree in Criminal Justice.
Mr. Murphy then joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., working under J. Edgar Hoover in the Fingerprint Division for a short while. He returned to Lowell to complete his education. He married and moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he worked in the Pratt and Whitney United Aircraft Corporation until he joined the United States Army.
After his honorable discharge, he moved to Lowell and was appointed to the Lowell Police Department in 1945 where he worked his way through the ranks to become the Deputy Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the Massachusetts Police Association, the Disabled American Veterans-Edith Nourse Rogers Chapter #25.
He resided in the Christian Hill Section of Lowell for 41 years, and was a communicant of St. Michaels Church. Mr. Murphy enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Barbara C. McCarthy of Dracut, Edward J. Murphy and his wife, Judith (Sakalinski), of Lowell, and David K. Murphy and his wife, Gloria (Frechette), Murphy of Townsend; his 11 grandchildren; as well as several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews; and his brothers-in-law, Floyd Fields of Westford, John Grande of Westford, and Edward Fitzgerald of Port St. Lucie, FL.
He was the father-in-law of the late Dennis McCarthy, and brother of the late Eileen Fields, the late Rita Martin, and the late Marie Grande.
MURPHY -- YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 3 UNTIL 6 P.M. ON MONDAY, FEB 25. ON TUESDAY, HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL, 978-458-6816. HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. MICHAEL CHURCH, 543 BRIDGE ST., LOWELL, AT 10 A.M. BURIAL IN ST. PATRICK CEMETERY. MEMORIALS IN HIS NAME TO D'YOUVILLE FOUNDATION, 981 VARNUM AVE, LOWELL MA 01854. E-CONDOLENCE SITE WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM
McDonough Funeral Home
14 Highland Street Lowell, MA 01852-3359
Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 23, 2013