Patrick C. Murphy
January 7, 1937 – July 1, 2020
Patrick C. Murphy of East Sandwich, formerly of Braintree and Boston, died suddenly of health issues at Cape Cod Hospital on July 1, 2020 at the age of 83. Patrick was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland, to Jack Murphy and Elizabeth Murphy née Corbett, and was the oldest of their three children. At an early age, Patrick began working to support his family leaving him unable to continue in school. As a young man, he left Ireland in pursuit of better employment in England.
Patrick was always fascinated with America so he immigrated to Boston in 1962 where he became a U.S. citizen and met his wife of 55 years, Angela Murphy, née Tuohy. He started working as a shop mechanic for Rock Driller Supply Company and before long decided to start his own business, Air Tool Services, Inc. Later he partnered with John Connolly to form ATS Equipment, Inc., a large and successful Boston-based road-building equipment company - a business that is still thriving today.
Throughout his youth and beyond, he was an award-winning handball player who was well known on the courts of L Street, South Boston and other local athletic facilities, where he earned the nickname the “Irish Whip” for his unique and powerful style of play. Patrick was a proud and contributing member of the Boston Irish Community where he enjoyed many friends and connections. He retired to Cape Cod in 1999 and settled in Sandwich Downs, where he quickly gained a reputation as a friendly, go-to-guy who was very happy fixing small machines and assisting his wonderful neighbors with anything they needed. He was a devoted father who was especially proud of his children.
He is survived by his brother John Murphy, his wife Margaret, and their children: Finbar, Enda, Bernadette, Ailish, and Mairead, to whom he was “Uncle Patsy”. He also leaves behind his sister Nora and husband Dick Sullivan. At home, he is survived by his dear wife Angela, his daughter Patricia and husband James Sheehy, his son Sean Murphy and wife Jessica, and their five collective grandchildren; Jack, Owen, Kevin, Kelty, and Shaely - all beloved by their dear “Boppa”. His numerous nicknames are a testimony to how much he was cherished by all.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date when restrictions are lifted. Life is short! Enjoy every day!
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Patrick C. Murphy
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July 14, 2020
His Sandwich Downs neighbors will miss seeing him on his slow ride through the neighborhood, looking to help anyone who needed his help.
July 11, 2020
Every memory I have of Pat leaves me with a sense of comfort and appreciation. He was a friend when I did not have many and a steady source of information and support. I will hold him close in my thoughts and miss seeing drive down the road.
July 9, 2020
Patrick & Mary T Hughes offer our sincere sympathy to Angela and extended family on the passing of Patrick - a great Cork man & successful business man. We have many happy memories meeting up with Angela and himself at various Cork banquets in the past . A true gentleman - May he Rest In Peace with the Lord.
July 3, 2020
On behalf of Jeanette, Mary and Gerard Nolan, our most sincere sympathy. Pat was a great friend to our dad Gerard C. Nolan. May he rest in peace.