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Obituary for Richard Victor Murphy

Richard Victor Murphy, age 64, a longtime North Chelmsford resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jodie L. (Hewey) Murphy with whom he shared 33 years of marriage.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 18, 1958 and was a son of the late Richard P. and Marcella E. (Salomone) Murphy.

He was raised in Brooklyn, was a graduate of Xavier High School, and furthered his education at Polytechnic Institute of New York from where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. For many years he worked for Wang Laboratories as a computer programmer, where he met his future wife. In his free time, he enjoyed hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping, gardening, and stained glass. His love for the outdoors was well known. Richard was an avid craftsman who was skilled at all household projects. He loved to cook for his family and friends, who enjoyed the meals he created. Richard had a great sense of humor, always ready with a joke or witty repartee. Most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.

Richard resolutely fought Parkinson’s Disease for over 25 years. He faced his illness with dignity and without complaint.

In addition to his loving wife, Richard leaves his sons, Sean Austin Murphy of Needham, and Christopher Patrick Murphy of North Chelmsford; his sister, Geraldine Porpiglia and her husband Richard, of Palisades, NY; and his brother, Dennis Murphy and his wife Susie, of Omaha, NE. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2022 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. His funeral service will be held on Friday, December 23, 2022 at 11 am in the funeral home. Interment will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Parkinson’s Foundation at Please specify that the donation is in memory of Richard Victor Murphy,