Gordon W. Murphy, 84, of Friendship, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family March 30 at Togus Springs Hospice Facility.
Born in Friendship, Nov. 23, 1931, he was the only child of Wilbur and Hazel Burns Murphy. Educated in Friendship until the 10th grade, he finished his education in Waldoboro, graduating from Waldoboro High School in 1949.
Mr. Murphy began lobstering when he was 12 years old and, following high school, continued doing what he loved most for his entire career. Gordon entered the U.S. Army Reserves in 1951 and was called up to active duty in 1953. He served overseas during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955.
On Nov. 26, 1953 Gordon married the love of his life, Joan Marie Lash at her parents’ home in Friendship. Together they have made their own home in Friendship for over 62 years, living in the same house.
Gordon was an avid Red Sox fan. As a young man he was considered quite a skilled baseball player himself. More recently he enjoyed playing cribbage and solitaire.
Although it was required for his fishing profession, his family remembers him standing in the living room, smiling as he knit heads for his lobster traps. More than anything he loved being with his children and family. They have been his rock over the last few years during his illness. He had a deep appreciation for their help, as well as the help given by the congregation of the Advent Christian Church in Friendship. Mr. Murphy had a deep faith, and trusted the Lord as his Savior. For many years he attended both The Bible Speaks and Grace Bible Fellowship Churches.
Gordon will be remembered as a gentle spirit who was loved by everyone who met him. He will be truly missed.
Mr. Murphy is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Joan Murphy; children, Peter Murphy and wife Debora, Joy Sandblom and husband Richard, Jonathan Murphy and wife Julie, Karl Murphy and companion April Murray, all of Friendship; grandchildren, Heather Murphy, Matthew Sandblom, Abbi Harjula, Jessica Murphy, Katherine Havener, J. Luke Murphy, and Sean Lyford; great-grandchildren, Julia Murphy, Ivan Murphy, Izzabella Simmons, Noah Harjula, Kennedy Sandblom, Oliver Wotton, Jack Havener, and Mary Havener; brothers-in-law, Nelson ‘Sonny’ Lash and wife Lorna of Friendship, and David Lash and wife Sharon of South Berwick; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Fri., April 8 at Harbor View Cemetery in Friendship.
To share a memory or condolence with the Murphy Family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.