EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 16, 2013

Cornelius 'Connie' James Murphy, 87


Methuen, MA — Cornelius “Connie” James Murphy, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 14, 2013.

Connie was born in Boston, and spent most of his life living in Natick, Mass., and in his late years, took residency with his son, Steven, in Methuen, Mass., until his passing. If asked, he would say he staked his claim to Natick, though, with much of his family referring to him as “Uncle or Grandpa Natick.”

He worked for 30 years at the “Wonder Bread” Continental Baking Co. in Natick.

Connie is a World War II veteran, who served his time as a Sergeant for the U.S. Army. He was a very knowledgeable individual, who often was found buried in a book, or passing on “fun facts” to all he encountered. He had an uncanny ability to plan ahead, and always made sure his loved ones were cared for.

Connie will be sadly missed by many.

He is survived by his sons, Steven L. Murphy of Methuen, and Neil Murphy of Manchester, N.H.; his daughter-in-law, Trina Murphy; granddaughters, Shannon, Danielle, Amanda, and Naomi Murphy; and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His parents, Ellen and Eugene Murphy of County Cork, Ireland; his six brothers and sisters; and his grandson, Steven L. Murphy Jr., who he had a particularly strong bond with, predeceased Connie.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m., in St. Patrick’s Church, 44 E Central Street, Route 135, Natick, Mass. Visiting hours are on Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m., prior to the Mass, in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Burial with Military Honors will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick. For funeral home directions, or to sign the family guest book, please visit www.everettfuneral.com.