COLCHESTER, Vt. — Edward A. Murphy, a longtime resident of Colchester, Vt., died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at home surrounded by his family after a 15-month battle with Cholangio Carcinoma.
Ed was born in Lawrence, the son of the late Edward V. and Alice W. Murphy. He was educated in the Catholic Central High School and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Engineering.
Ed had a long and distinguished career with General Electric Co., first in Lynn, then in Schenectady, N.Y., where he met and married his wife, Linda. While there, he helped design nuclear submarines for the Navy under the direction of Admiral Hyman Rickover. Ed and Linda then moved to Vermont where they raised their family in Colchester. While at General Electric in Burlington, Ed helped design the F15 Fighter Jet Gun System. He took early retirement from GE and went into a completely different field of computer software support. He also taught physics at Burlington College where his endless amount of patience came into play.
Ed was a kind man who always thought the best of people and who was optimistic throughout his entire life. He was an inventor, a lover of Mozart and jazz. His all time passion was sailing. He taught himself sailing in Marblehead, and spent years sailing on Lake Champlain. He planned and brought the family on sailing vacations in the Caribbean, Belize and Culebra, sailing himself and the family and making memories. He was a bit of a dare devil; trying roller-blading, body-surfing and zip-lining. He was a former member of the Ethan Allen Club, The Mallett's Bay Boat Club and a longtime supporter of UVM hockey. For his family and those who knew him, Ed will be forever missed, admired and loved.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Aileen, and granddaughter, Samantha, both of East Norwalk, Conn.; son, E.J. of Boston; sister, Judith Murphy of Franklin, and her children, Sheila, Elizabeth, Katherine, and J. Joseph; his cousins, who he grew up with, Jack, John-Neil and Dan.
ARRANGEMENTS: In the hope that he might help others, Ed donated his body to the University of Vermont College of Medicine. There will be no services but a memorial will be held at a future date. For those who wish, contributions in his name can be made to either, The Cancer Patient Support Program, Fletcher Allen Hospital, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, or The American Cancer Society. Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service of Shelburne handled the arrangements.