Dennis J. Murphy, 74, Master Sergeant in the Army Reserves

dennis_-murphyDennis J. Murphy, 74, of Kingston, N.H., husband of Eileen M. (McDonough) Murphy, passed away peacefully at his home Sept. 8, while in the hospice care of the Rockingham VNA,Exeter, N.H.

Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late John E. and Ruth I. (Graham) Murphy. Raised and educated in Woburn, he was a graduate of Woburn High School, class of 1959. Upon graduation he entered the United States Army in 1960 and, from 1963 to 1995, served as a master sergeant in the Army Reserves. He was a devoted family man, known for his dry Irish wit and cherished time spent at home. He was fond of classic cars and was a member of the “Over the Hill Gang” in Middletown, Conn., where he resided for 13 years. He served as president of the Condo Homeowners Association for the past three years. He was a member of various breakfast clubs in Middletown, Conn., and Kingston, N.H., traveling to local diners and eateries. He loved spending time with his Boston terrier “Rocky.”

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his children, David M. Murphy of Fitchburg, Patrick I. Murphy and his wife Nathalie of Greely, Ontario, Alicia Murphy Barnes of Haverhill and Amy Lisbeth Murphy and her fiancé` Kenneth Nicolson of North Billerica; sister, Marcia E. McCullough and her husband James of Woburn;  sister in law, Janet Murphy of Westfield, Ind.; grandchildren, Britney Carl and her husband Michael, Kimberly Murphy, Sarah Murphy, Zoe Barnes, Stephen Nicolson, Shawn Nicolson, Brittney Nicolson, Odette Murphy, Zelda Murphy and Napoleon Dennis Murphy; and two great grandchildren, Layla and Aurea. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Murphy.

Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours Monday, Sept. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. Funeral services  begin Tuesday morning at 9, from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m., at St. James Church, 185 Winter St., Haverhill. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, North Road, Kingston, N.H. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the New Hampshire Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Park, Manchester, NH 03109.