SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 8, 2013

Martin Murphy, 48


Boxford — Mr. Martin Murphy, 48, of Boxford, beloved husband of Susen J. (LaBonte) Murphy, died unexpectedly on October 2, 2013.

Born in Salem, Mass., he was the son of the late Richard Murphy and Jean Donahue. Martin was raised and educated in Salem. He continued his education and received his degree from ITT Technical Institute.

Martin was a self-taught mason, and he became the founder and proprietor of M&M Masonry of Boxford for 20 years. Known for his attention to detail, he most recently completed the renovation of the Peabody Essex Museum, as well as St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn.

Mr. Murphy enjoyed many hobbies, however his greatest passion was being on his boat in the ocean. He enjoyed taking his family whale watching, fishing and on trips to Cape Cod beaches. Martin was most noted for his great sense of humor and was extremely devoted to his children and friends. Martin will be deeply missed.

Martin is survived by his wife Susen J. (LaBonte) Murphy of Boxford; his son, Christopher Murphy and his wife, Emily, of Salem; his daughters, Laura Murphy of Salem, and Julia Murphy of Boxford; his stepson, Robert Wierzbowski of Boxford; his sister, Beth Dunbar and her husband, Michael, of Salem; and his brother, Tony Duratti and wife, Karen, of Beverly.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square, at Salem Common, Salem, on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Martin’s memory to the St. Jude's Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.