Mr. John "JL" Murphy

April 25, 1949October 6, 2020
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John Leo Murphy (JL) of Scituate died peacefully in his home Tuesday evening October 6, 2020 after a long illness. He was 71.

JL is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Linda Frost Thomas Murphy, son Josh Thomas and daughter-in-law, Allegra Ford Thomas of Waban, MA, his brother, Neil Murphy of Scituate and Lynn Palmiter, sister, Maureen Murphy of Norwell, brother, Thomas Murphy of Scituate and his wife Susan and his sister, Karen Laugelle of Cohasset and her husband Paul. Son of the late Leo and Ethel (Tierney) Murphy of Scituate and brother of the late Helen Ann (Murphy) Wuerth and her husband John of Detroit. He also leaves his mother-in-law Phyllis Frost of Scituate, his in-laws Sally (Frost) McCarthy and Thomas McCarthy of Scituate, James Frost and Marita Boyle of Marshfield, Scott and Carolyn (Holmes) Frost of Naples Florida, Daniel and Lesley (Ross) Frost of Bear, Delaware as well as 25 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews who all loved him and will miss him dearly.

JL was a lifelong resident of Scituate. He worked as a carpenter building and remodeling homes for old friends and new. He coached in the Little League Baseball Program and High School Varsity Baseball program as well as other sports for 50 years. He loved coaching and sharing his love of the game with the young players along with his technical knowledge of the game. He often told the players “Be calm, take a deep breath and have fun!” JL also helped to run a basketball program at the middle school for 30 years. He was a founding member of the Scituate Recreation Commission and Friends of Scituate Recreation.

JL played on Men’s League Baseball teams for 35 years until 2019. He could often be seen working on the fields to make them perfect. He took great pride in keeping the fields safe and beautiful for teams, both young and not-so-young.

In 2015 JL was awarded The Mr. “C” Scituate Recreation Community Spirit Award. The award states, in part, “Everyone wanted to be on his team and all the youth he guided throughout the years remember him fondly”. He received three standing ovations at a dinner in his honor and a Commendation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

He loved music and went to Woodstock. He and Linda went to many concerts together. Every summer he would take his nephews to the Music Circus. He liked walking his dog, coffee at the local store with his friends, going to Pats games with Josh, and vacations in Vermont with Linda. His son Josh says of him, “He laughed a lot and loved life and leaves behind a legacy of joy for those who knew him.”

A visitation will take place on Friday, October 16 from 4-8 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Due to the pandemic, the building capacity is limited and guests may expect a waiting period before entering the building. A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, October 17 at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Scituate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Masks and social distancing are required. In lieu of flowers please donate to The Friends of Scituate Recreation or to Alzheimer’s Research.

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  • Visiting Hours

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


Mr. John "JL" Murphy

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Betsey (Mitchell) Lindstrom

November 18, 2020

JL, as I knew him, was my sweet "COUS"... We went to high school together and he would always kid me about being cousins..He loved to call me "COUS" and I always looked forward to running into him at the Sub Shop. He was just one of those "good guys" that Scituate produced and he never stopped being a "good guy." I am so proud to call him my "Cous" and I am blessed to have known him as my friend..

Jerry Whittaker

October 18, 2020

Thoughts and prayers go out JL’s family. I had the pleasure of playing sports with, and against JL. Winning, or losing his infectious smile was always there. No one has ever done more for the youth in Scituate, he is a legend. Sincerely J Whittaker

Ed Kracunas

October 18, 2020

JL.........I will miss you my friend and teammate. Being on assignment in Warsaw, Poland I was unable to attend any memorials or services. However, the photo I have of you tending to YOUR old Scituate high pitcher's mound after one of our rare Mariners night games has always been a personal favorite.

Your legacy will live on forever, your life has touched so many, and you left way too soon.....who will now pick my errant throws from 3rd?

Rest in peace knowing we all love and miss you.

Eddie K, as you always called me :-)

Scott Arnold

October 17, 2020

Every year for the past 30 years, I would have a sit down talk with JL regarding the Legion baseball season. As you may have been able to assume, when I say sit down, of course I mean leaning on a rake or, better yet, on the back of his blue pickup truck. I would give him the Legion baseball candidates, looking for his expert opinion on the selection process—the problem being, as always, was that I needed to reduce the roster. JL saw the potential in every kid he watched so asking him for help selecting the team was practically useless as he never spoke down on anyone, young or old. JL was a man of few words but I could always tell how he felt about a managerial decision based on his facial expressions. This I will miss. The 2021 George H. Mealy American Legion baseball season will be dedicated to his memory. Thank you for a lifetime of support and knowledge.
Scott Arnold Sr.

Scotty Arnold

October 17, 2020

No one loves baseball more than JL but I’d like to think I’m up there somewhere on that list. Growing up, I would go to the baseball fields just about every day and sure enough, JL was there. My dad was a restaurant manager and couldn’t go with me to the fields most of the time—especially when his arm started to go with age. JL, without a question, would hop in the cage and throw me batting practice almost every single day. Thank you, JL, for giving myself and so many other Scituate kids the opportunity in athletics but also community engagement at large. We will carry your legacy on, JL!

Deborah Sousa

October 17, 2020

JL was probably the most genuinely kind person I’ve ever known. He helped my family in so many ways, whether it was a kind word or replacing my mother’s countertops when she was ill with cancer. I hadn’t seen JL in many years but one day while waitressing at the Tavern I looked up and there he stood smiling! When I asked if he was in for lunch he laughed and said “No, I was just driving by, saw your car and remembered it was your birthday so I stopped in to wish you Happy Birthday.” Such a simple gesture, but it made my day. That was JL. His grace and kindness made people feel special.
Heartfelt condolences to Linda , Josh and all of the Murphy family.

Tom Huggins

October 16, 2020

My deepest condolences to JL’s family. We will all miss him.
Like so many, I met JL through Scituate Little League. We as SLL parents, coaches and players owe him tremendous appreciation for his commitment to so many kids. Over the past 15 years he coached and cheered for 5 of my own. They LOVED him. He asked about them every time our paths crossed. And he was sincerely interested. We will miss his friendship, kindness, energy and positive spirit. He always had the BEST smile whenever we saw him. That’s what we’ll remember and miss the most each time we drive by or touch the fields that were as much JL’s as they were for anyone that played on them.
With great sympathy, Tom Huggins

Gregory (Chili) Davis

October 16, 2020

I will always cherish the times that we spent together at the ball fields and at concerts, I will miss your perpetual smile and your sense of humor, you will be sorley missed by friends and family, may you rest in eternal peace my friend, I will always remember you.

Jim Trevena

October 15, 2020

There is no one based on my 27 years of living in Scituate that did more for Scituate baseball than JL! He dedicated 1,000 of hours of his personal time working on fields and coaching, asking for nothing in return. I had the opportunity to work closely with him at the Little League and high school level. I also was proud to call him a teammate playing several years of “old man” baseball with him!
He was one of the most genuine down to earth people I ever met, always a positive attitude and pleasant attitude, and I feel privileged to have called him a friend!
He was a very talented carpenter and was always available to help people in a bind.
My most sincere condolences to Linda and family, please know that JL is in a better place looking down on all of us!
Rest In Peace, JL
Jim TrevenA

David Birkevaag

October 15, 2020

I first met JL 17 years ago when I moved in next door. When I asked for help installing new basement windows, he rolled his eyes. But I surprised him and asked him to show me how to do the first so I could do the other 3. He smiled and said sure. When I had finished the other 3 I asked him to inspect the work. He again smiled and said two words. "You're hired!" To which I responded, not bad for an accountant. I've always enjoyed his company, his love of music and our sports conversations. He will be deeply missed!

All our love,
Dave, Mary and Jenna Birkevaag