William T. Murphy Jr.

June 11, 1933September 18, 2020

William T. “Bill” Murphy, Jr., age 87, passed away peacefully Friday, September 18, 2020 in his home in Somerset. He was the loving husband of Mary "Angela" (Magner) Murphy to whom he was married for 62 years.

Born in East Orange, NJ a son of the late William T., Sr. and Alice (Campion) Murphy he was a longtime resident of Somerset.

A graduate of Montclaire High School, Class of 1951 he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Providence College in 1955. A veteran of the United States Army he served two years in the Artillery and six years in the reserves.

A dedicated Insurance Agent, he entered the field in 1955 with the Maryland Casualty Co., then joined Chas. S. Ashley & Sons, Inc. in 1978 acquiring ownership of the agency in 2000 as President and C.E.O. A member of the Somerset Lion’s Club since 1962 he was named President years later and also became an active member of the Acushnet Lion’s Club in 2005. A District Governor of Southeastern Massachusetts in 1976, he was Treasurer of the Massachusetts Eye Research from 1982 to 2005 and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, given only three times in the past 50 years, from Tufts New England Medical Center from the Ophthalmology Department for his 23 consecutive years as Treasurer of Massachusetts Eye Research.

Bill enjoyed gardening, golf, crossword puzzles and Frank Sinatra but most of all his fellowship with the Lion’s Club and Massachusetts Lions Eye Research, helping to raise millions for research.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, William “Bill” Murphy III of East Wareham and Sean Murphy and his wife Denise of Delray Beach, FL, two daughters, Maura Leone and her husband Victor of Chesapeake, VA and Kerry Lecomte of Fall River, MA, one brother, Jerry Murphy; sister in law, Margaret “Peggy” Magner-Danna of Cerritos, CA; three granddaughters, Kalie, Carolina and Isabella Leone and several nieces and nephews. The CNA “Angels” helping him stay at home: Ashley, Caroline, Julie and Cheryl, you gave him the most amazing care, which allowed him to stay at home, in his own bed and pass peacefully.

His funeral service will be held at a later date and are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home at Rose E. Sullivan, 866 County Street, Somerset. Contributions in his honor may be made to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Attn: Jim Roth, 43 Stewart Terrace, Belmont, MA 02478. To leave a note of condolence and for service information please visit


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William T. Murphy Jr.

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Paul Trahan

September 29, 2020

To the Murphy Family, I would like to express my sincerest condolences. Bill was a special kind of guy that made a friend instantly and his smile was always beaming. We had many good times at Lions functions and meetings, we raised a lot of money for Eye Research that Bill was dedicated to. Rest In Peace my friend!

June White

September 28, 2020

Bill has been such a good friend to David and I and our family, we have so many wonderful memories. St Patrick’s Day will never be the same without him. We love you, and may you Rest In Peace

Kelly Pavao

September 25, 2020

Dear Mrs. Murphy and family,
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Murphy’s passing recently. We had some great conversations in the last 18 years since we became backyard neighbors. He grew the best tasting tomatoes from his garden. At times when we would barbecue and he’d be working in his garden, I’d pass him a hot dog through the fence. Those are memories I’ll always have of him. Rest peacefully, Mr. Murphy.
Kelly Pavao

Tom & Brenda White Nicholas

September 24, 2020

Heartbroken to hear of the loss of a most amazing man and family friend, my parents very close friend and my Dad’s weekly Friday evening drinking buddy. Our families became close and we enjoyed so many St Patrick’s Day 🍀 eating corned beef and cabbage hosted by the biggest leprechaun I know and loved hearing his Irish jokes written on his little piece of paper year after year!! When he smiled you couldn’t help to smile back. 😊 So many of my favorite childhood memories were surrounded by my parents amazing friends and one by one we say “farewell for now” Rest In Peace Mr Murphy and lucky to have known you ☘️ 🍻 you will be missed but never forgotten, ever!! Your with your best buddy now, my Dad ❤️

Marc Cenerizio

September 24, 2020

To Bill and family;
It is with heartfelt sorrow to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a great man. Mary and I send our sincere condolences.

Rick Ferreira

September 24, 2020

So very sorry for your loss.. my sincere condolences 🙏🏻

Linda Harrop

September 24, 2020

Dear Kerry,
So very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was an amazing guy. Don and I had the great privilege to work with him many times with Lions work He will be sorely missed. Please extend our sympathies to your Mom and brothers.

Sabre Ibrahim

September 23, 2020

Bill, so very sorry to hear of your dads passing. Please know Mark and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


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