Fairlawn Mortuary


Michael James Murphy

September 23, 1954November 19, 2021

Michael J. Murphy, 67 of Fairhaven passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021 in his residence after a brief illness. He was the husband of Susan (Kochanek) Murphy.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Paul and Kathleen (Kobza) Murphy, he is a longtime resident of Fairhaven. Mike is a graduate of Bishop Stang High School, class of 1972 and received his BA in History and Education from SMU in 1976. He received his Master’s degree in Education from Fitchburg State. He was employed as a teacher, vice principal and later as Principal for 36 years at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, retiring in 2014. Mike loved his family dearly, especially his beloved grandchildren. He enjoyed baseball and was an avid Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed gardening and tending to his fruit trees, which the birds loved.

In addition to his loving wife Susan, he is survived by his children, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Murphy and his wife Patience and Daniel Murphy all of Fairhaven; his beloved grandchildren, Liam, Donovan and Paige Murphy; his brother Charles Murphy and his wife Carrie of Fairhaven; his mother in-law, Ruth Kochanek Cree of Fairhaven. Many nieces and nephews and his loyal sidekick Pearl. He was predeceased by his father-in-law Frederick Kochanek.

Contribution’s in Mike’s honor may be made to: Coastline Elderly, 863 Belleville Ave., New Bedford, MA 02746 or the Salvation Army, 619 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.

Mike’s visitation will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Burial will be private. To leave a note of condolence:


  • Coastline Elderly
  • Salvation Army


4 December


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn

180 Washington St
Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719


  • Burial Private


Michael James Murphy

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Kendal Hubert

November 29, 2021

I’m sorry for your loss my condolence to the Murphy family I have known Charlie and the family Charlie is like a brother to me if there is anything anyone needs please reach out to me love Kendal Debbie Mike Hubert ❤️❤️❤️

Christine Chapin

November 25, 2021

Dearest Charlie and Family,Mike was an amazing guy he was so smart and I got my love of history from our conversations as a kid I didn't know how blessed I was to have such amazing people who Love me like Charlie and Mike . Please accept my deepest condolences .Love you all so very much Mike will forever be a part of my heart. 😢😢❤❤❤❤❤

Evelyn Ferreira

November 25, 2021

Dear Susan and Family, Charlie and Family

We are so shocked and sorry for your loss. When thinking of Mike the first thing that comes to mind is when he was little (2-3 years old) and lived upstairs from us in New Bedford. It was a joy for us to have him ask for "BE AN nas". But then we all grew up, married and God blessed us with our own spouses and beautiful children. Michael was such a good person and we all are proud of him.

We are keeping each and all of you in our prayers

Love, Your Cousins in Arizona

Evelyn & Tom Ferreira and Family

Patricia Dorschied

November 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to Tim Danny and family on the passing of your father. He was such a nice man . I'm so sorry for your loss. Sincerely Paddy

Dennis Tetreault

November 22, 2021

I was lucky to have Mr. Murphy for a History teacher while at GNBVT, his passion for the subject inspired me. Then I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Murphy as an administrator when I began my teaching career at GNBVT. Murphy was always someone to look to for some help or guidance. He will truly be missed.


November 21, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. We worked side by side for many years at school, supporting each other and our students. He really loved the students and that’s what made him such a good educator. He loved his family too and often spoke of them, especially his boys and grandchildren. He’ll be very missed.

Cheryl Hebert

November 21, 2021

Mike was a wonderful educator. As a young teacher, I felt he was someone I could always turn to for advice and support. If it weren’t for the confidence he instilled in me, I’m not sure I would achieved half as much. I am truly sad to hear of his passing. May he rest in eternal peace.

Erik Hodges

November 21, 2021

Truly the BEST TEACHER EVER. Very fond memories of two years of classes with Mr Murphy. If not for him i’m sure I would be a very different person today. RIP Mr Murphy!

Richard Coyle

November 21, 2021

Mike taught me a lot at Voc. He was a great friend and was so supportive while making it easy to work with. God Bless to the family

charlotte cardoso

November 21, 2021

I am deeply sorry for the family's loss. I worked with him at Sears Auto Center. May he rest in peace.