Harold Murphy

Harold Murphy

July 23rd, 1938 March 31st, 2020

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Obituary for Harold F. "Buddy" Murphy Jr.

Harold F. Murphy, Jr. passed away suddenly on March 31, 2020. He was a lifelong resident of Cambridge and spent the summers in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Harold graduated from Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge, MA in 1956. He then served four years in the United States Marine Corp. Upon return from his service, he went on to receive a B.S. from Northeastern University and a M.Ed. from Boston University. He served for 37 years on the Cambridge Police Department, and retired as superintendent of police in 2002. He was the former police chief in Hudson, MA. He was a proud member of the FBI National Academy, ASIS International and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, to whom he was married for 54 years. He was a devoted father to Mark Murphy and his wife Donna of Double Oak, TX, Michael P. Murphy and his wife Rosa of Orlando, FL, Brian Murphy and his wife Jenny of Natick, MA, and Carol Huban and her husband Yorden of Latham, NY.

He was a cherished grandfather to Sean Murphy of Mancos, CO, Kathryn and Paul Murphy of Double Oak, TX, Michael Ryan Murphy of Orlando, FL, Brendan and Braden Murphy of Natick, MA, and Christopher, Erin and Ryan Huban of Latham, NY.

He is survived by his brothers Henry Murphy of Reading, MA, James Murphy of Billerica, MA, Joseph Murphy of The Villages, FL, John Murphy of St. Lucie, FL, his sister Mary Murphy of Pembroke, GA, sister-in-law Carol Mullen and her husband Michael of Westlake Village, CA, and sisters-in-law Noreen and Nancy Sweeney of Malden, MA. He is lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, Harold and Mary Murphy, and his wife Patricia (Sweeney).

A memorial mass will be celebrated at Saint John's Church, North Cambridge on Sautday at 11 am. Burial will follow in Cambridge Cemetery.

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  • Memorial mass

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saint John the Evangelist
    2254 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Saturday, July 18th, 2020
  • Interment

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 |
    Cambridge Cemetery
    76 Coolidge Avenue
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
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    Saturday, July 18th, 2020

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Marty Robbins

While I only knew Buddy because of his visits to Mark & Donna, our neighbors, I knew instantly that this was a good man. As I grew to know him on our several short visits I found him kind, hard working, and a wonderful family man. The world is a better place because of Buddy. Till we meet again my friend.
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Bonnie Michelman

As someone who was a professional colleague in the Security/Law Enforcement industry for decades, I will miss Harold so very much. His energy, positive spirit, collegiality and comradery was infectious. He always wanted to help and bring people together and help develop people. His contribution to ASIS-International, our cherished association was magnificent and we could always count on Harold for whatever we needed. People always spoke so highly of Harold, he was everyone's friend and respected by all. He helped bridge a major chasm over the decades between public law enforcement and private security. I will miss his gentlemanly ways, his kindness, his smile, and his friendship. Rest in peace Harold and know you had an enormous impact on so many.
Comment | Posted at 01:32pm via Condolence

John & Judi Amicone

John & Judi Amicone
To the entire Murphy family : We are greatly saddened to hear about Buds passing. Our condolences go out to all of you. We will miss seeing him go from cottage to cottage at Whitehorse keeping busy and getting ready for the summer. Prayers to all.
Comment | Posted at 10:49am via Condolence

Alice Baker

Dear Pat
We are so very sorry to you and your family for your loss. Buddy was a wonderful and gentle person. We will miss seeing him here next door to us at White Horse Beach every summer.
We were so lucky to have known him for all these years. Our condolences and love to you and your family.

Alice & Bert Baker
And Family
Comment | Posted at 10:13am via Condolence

John LeLacheur

On behalf of the FBINAA Charitable Foundation and as the Section 4 Director we pass along our most profound condolences. Harold was a special member of the FBINAA and did so much to support the Foundation. The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the FBINAA has made a donation to the Foundation in Harold's name. Godspeed my friend you will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 11:50am via Condolence

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