HILLSBOROUGH - Frederic C. Murphy, the son of Frederic C. Murphy and Catherine (McGivney) Murphy passed away at CRVNA Hospice House on Feb. 23, 2013, after a two-year battle with cancer.
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Fred was born in Washington, D.C. , in 1941, where his father was working for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Following his father's death while serving with the U.S. Army in Italy, his mother moved back to Berlin with Fred and his younger sister Mary to be near her family.
Fred attended Berlin schools and upon graduation from Berlin High in 1959, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving four years on the USS Requisite AGS 18.
He earned a B.S. in marine biology from UNH in 1968. While there he married his former wife of 28 years, Mary Ann (Drouin) Murphy of Berlin, and they were blessed with a daughter, Heather Murphy Chase.
Upon graduation, Fred accepted a position at Marine Colloids in Rockland, Maine, as head of an underwater diving crew, surveying the coast of Maine and Peru. In 1971, he moved to Contoocook, N.H., with his family, and over a period of 33 years worked for several bureaus of the Dept. of Transportation, retiring in 2003 from the Bureau of Environment. At one point, he was the project coordinator for the new visitor center in Intervale for the White Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. The facility allows visitors to view the spectacular Mount Washington Valley. One of his last projects was conducting the first environmental audit of the DOT facilities to assure that they were storing, handling and disposing of materials in an appropriate manner.
During this time, he also earned a M.S. in public administration from UNH .
While living in Contoocook, he was actively involved in the Rescue Squad, the Ambulance Crew and the Fire Department, serving as chief for five years. He was a member of the vestry at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Hopkinton. For many years he participated in canoe races and was instrumental with his canoeing partner, Richard Drescher, in initiating an annual 4th of July canoe race in Contoocook.
Following his retirement, he worked as an environmental consultant and chief auditor and traveled all over North America in this capacity until his illness no longer allowed it. During this time, he also became an accomplished furniture maker. Fred spent several winters at The Villages in Florida playing golf with his friends and bringing his grandchildren to Disney World.
After relocating to Hillsborough 14 years ago, he served on the Hillsborough Planning Board for several years and on the N.H. Lakes Management Advisory Committee for 12 years. Fred was very active in Republican politics, including the Contoocook Valley Republican Committee.
His daughter Heather was the apple of his eye, and he was a very active dad, traveling all over the state to watch her high school basketball team and writing a letter to her every week while she was in college. He also loved to attend his grandchildren's sport, dance, and school events.
Fred was predeceased by his parents and several aunts and uncles. He leaves behind his sister, Mary (Murphy) Gryczka and her husband Albert of Sarasota, Fla.; his daughter, Heather Chase of Concord and her husband David; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Daniel Chase; his longtime companion, Susan Smith of Bradford; and so many good friends.
Written by Fred after his surgery in February 2011:
"I am, and will remain, forever grateful for the heartfelt response to my malady. Honest to God, the cards and notes I got kind of brought watery eyes especially during periods of depression. It really warmed the cockles of my Irish heart. I won't forget it and thanks."
services: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Bennett Funeral Home 209 N. Main St., Concord. There will be a committal ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Boscawen on Friday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, 03301.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 26, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
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