To the editor:

Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire community for the tremendous outpouring of support given to us following the passing of Peabody Superintendent Cara Murtagh. We would especially like to thank both the citizens and public officials of the city of Peabody, including Mayor Ted Bettencourt and his staff, the City Council, School Committee, Police Department, Fire Department and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

Cara was a lifelong resident of Peabody. She served in the public school system as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. The great influence Cara had on so many during her years in education was made evident by the immense outpouring of love and support shown by the community.   

We respectfully acknowledge and deeply thank all of the parents, students and Peabody residents who lined the streets to the cemetery and to all those who waited hours in line to pay their respects. We would also like to thank Jon Simmons and the PVMHS Chorale, as well as Jason Jones and the Peabody High School band members who performed as Cara’s casket was escorted out of City Hall. 

The eulogy Tom Gould gave at Cara’s funeral perfectly described Cara’s lifelong dedication to education and strong work ethic, as well as her love for children, the great value she placed on family and friends, and her unique sense of humor that kept everyone around her smiling. In addition, our family would also like to thank everyone who reached out to us through cards, messages, visits, and donations made in Cara’s honor. These heartfelt expressions of love and sympathy have been very comforting to our grieving hearts. 

Once again, thank you Mayor Bettencourt for opening your city up to us, and to the citizens of Peabody for opening your hearts and showing your love and appreciation for our dear Cara. Peabody Strong!

The Murtagh Family

Peabody

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