Epping, New Hampshire
James Thomas "Jim" Murphy died peacefully at home with his family on Tuesday August 20, 2019 at age ninety-three. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on August 3, 1926, son of Dennis and Margaret (Crane) Murphy. Jim grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts where he met and married Dorothy "Dot" Claire Boyd on June 7, 1951 - they had been married for sixty-two years. Together they moved to Peabody, Massachusetts in 1952 where they raised their family and welcomed four grandchildren. In 1999 they moved to Georgetown, Massachusetts with their daughter, where they resided for 4 years, then continued to live with her for their remaining years in Epping, New Hampshire.
As a very young man in 1943, Jim enlisted in the Navy and served his country during World War II. After discharge, he was employed as a flooring mechanic at Republic (DiNatale) Floors in Braintree, Massachusetts for most of his career and later for Reppucci & Sons Floor Coverings in Lynn, Massachusetts. Early-on his career afforded travel throughout New England as the company provided installation for many wood, hand-painted school basketball courts. When work travel offered close proximity to lakes, beach or mountains the whole family would go along and "vacation" while the floors were constructed. He was involved in many gymnasium floor and stadium artificial turf installations including the portable basketball floor for the then Boston Garden, the Houston Astrodome and Schaefer Stadium (Foxboro, Massachusetts).
Jim became known as "Beepa" after being named by his first grandson and has been known as such by everyone for the past forty years. He enjoyed a lifetime of skiing and loved skiing with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife were regulars at Bretton Woods where they enjoyed skiing most in their senior years. A lifetime golfer and former member of the Shoe City Golf League in Lynn, Massachusetts, he also golfed regularly with his wife. After battling cancer - he was a Lymphoma survivor for over 20 years - he pursued many other interests. He was an avid reader and crossword puzzle-er, loved bird watching, he was a serious Jeopardy fan, loved polo and attended many family games at the Byfield and Seacoast Polo Clubs in New Hampshire.
Jim was enthusiastic and energetic for any adventure, a wonderful and supportive father, a loving husband and a good friend. He was kind and generous, always witty and could almost never be stumped by trivia involving world history, events or geography. He was proud of and an integral part of his family throughout his life - shared holidays, Sundays, hiking adventures, boating, swimming, vacations, knowledge and lessons with the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - who will all miss his spontaneous recitations of poetry and stories and his never ending knowledge of everything!
Survived by his two daughters Janis (Murphy/Lightbown) Frisselle of Milton, New Hampshire; Joyce (Murphy) Armstrong and her partner Deborah Thornhill of Epping, New Hampshire; Grandchildren: Johnathan and his wife Kaitlyn (Osgood) Armstrong of Ipswich, Massachusetts; Jason and his wife Mindy (Schliep) Lightbown of Salem, Oregon; Adam Armstrong of Epping, New Hampshire; Kathryn Lightbown of Medford, Massachusetts; Kimberly Maguire of Ipswich, Massachusetts and KayLee Frisselle of Milton, New Hampshire. Great-grandchildren: Jaeda Frisselle, Theia Lopez Armstrong, Zaelyn Frisselle and Aria Lee Lightbown; Friends and honorary family: Frank and Jane DePeters of Stratham, New Hampshire; many nieces and nephews. Jim was pre-deceased by his wife Dorothy (Boyd) and by eight siblings: Elizabeth (Murphy) Smith; Leo Murphy; John Murphy; Veronica (Murphy) Miller, Margaret (Murphy) Keady all of Lynn, Massachusetts; Denise (Murphy) Haseman of Nevada; Mary (Murphy) Aley of Michigan and Andrew Murphy of Florida.
Memorial visitation will be on Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Epping, New Hampshire. A brief memorial service and military send-off will follow at 4:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society via the "Light the Night" campaign at (https://pages.lls.org/ltn/ma/nshorema19/KLightbown) or to the Veterans Administration: VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire - VA Medical Center at (https://www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/VolunteerNow/).
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