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David Scott Murphy

David Scott Murphy

August 15, 1947 - January 18, 2019     Age: 71

David Scott Murphy, age 71, of Fernandina Beach passed away on January 18, 2019.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 46 years Denise; his daughter Brooke and son-in-law Jonathan; his grandson Henry; his brother Robert; and the many other friends and relatives for whom he was always like a father or big brother.

 Born and raised in Manchester, CT, he volunteered for the Army and served in Army Intelligence in Okinawa and Vietnam.

 After graduating from Eastern Connecticut College on the GI Bill, he worked for the Providence & Worcester Railroad before joining the postal service and becoming postmaster in Hopedale and Uxbridge, MA. Always quick with a joke, he will be remembered for his sense of humor, his silly games in the ocean with his grandson, his passion for the environment, and his selfless kindness toward everyone he met. David was passionate about leaving the world a better place for the next generations.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Club at sierraclub.org/memorial or another environmental charity.

Services will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 24,, 2019 at Oxley-Heard, 1305 Atlantic Ave.,  Fernandina Beach, Florida

The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm until the hour of service.

27 Condolences

  • Bob Murphy Posted January 19, 2019 12:12 pm

    Love you Big Brother David. Denise, I am your Brother and will do anything you wish to support you at this time.
    Love, Little Brother Bob

  • Mary Ellen Davis Posted January 19, 2019 1:35 pm

    Denise, I am so sorry for your loss. David was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He was a wonderful husband and grandfather. He will be missed. Please do not hesitate to call on me if you need anything at all. You and your family are in my heart.
    Love, Mary Ellen Davis

  • Julie Hensler Posted January 19, 2019 3:16 pm

    Dear Denise & family, our deepest sympathy to you. We were so very saddened to learn of David’s passing. May your fondest memories be forever in your thoughts. With love & sympathy, Paul & Julie Hensler

  • Gordon and Grace Maltempo, Naples Fl Posted January 20, 2019 9:26 am

    Denise, Grace and I are in shock over your loss. David, a great friend, husband,father and grandfather will be missed. It has been a privilege to be friends with you and David over the years. I have very fond memories of over 50 years of friendship with David starting in high school and continuing to this day. Just last week he sent me a podcast on a TV show that we both enjoyed. We are heartbroken. If there is anything that Grace and I can do, pllease let us know. Love Gordon and Grace

  • Gordon and Grace Maltempo, Naples Fl Posted January 20, 2019 9:28 am

    Denise, Grace and I are in shock over your loss. David, a great friend, husband,father and grandfather will be missed by everyone that knew him. It has been a privilege to be friends with you and David over the years. I have very fond memories of over 50 years of friendship with David starting in high school and continuing to this day. Just last week he sent me a podcast on a TV show that we both enjoyed. We are heartbroken. If there is anything that Grace and I can do, pllease let us know. Love Gordon and Grace

  • Kathy and John Brooks Posted January 20, 2019 7:22 pm

    Denise, words always fail but we want to express our sympathy and offer any assistance we might give. Prayers and hugs for you and the family.

  • Joe and Lori Oller Posted January 20, 2019 7:37 pm

    Denise, just learned of David’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Rhonda Givens Posted January 21, 2019 2:39 pm

    May God’s loving arms surround you with His peace.

  • Rhonda Givens Posted January 21, 2019 2:40 pm

    May God’s loving arms surround you with His peace. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Tom & Ai Victory Posted January 21, 2019 4:19 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you, Denise and Brooke. David was such an amazing person and he will be missed by many. I still remember playing Taboo with him and you guys in the Arlington apartment (the key word was “Wallet”) and hearing his train wreck stories. May he rest in peace.

  • Carol Copithorne Posted January 21, 2019 7:10 pm

    Denise, Ken and I are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  • Susan Stanovich Posted January 21, 2019 7:22 pm

    I am shocked at saddened to read of David’s passing. I will never forget the honor of speaking at his installation as Postmaster and dedication of the new Uxbridge Post Office. David was a wonderful man. When I think of him, in my mind’s eye I picture him with Denise and Brooke. He was always a proud husband and father. I can’t believe he is gone so soon. My heartfelt condolences go out to Denise, Brooke, Jonathan, Henry, and all his friends. I am so sorry.

  • Chuck Scott Posted January 21, 2019 9:45 pm

    Denise, I am so sorry. I was shocked when I heard this news. David was always someone I looked up to and respected. Denise you and David and Brooke and Jonathan made such a wonderful family together I can’t even imagine the heartbreak. He was so much about the family it was just beautiful and that love he had for Henry his grandson was a joy to see. I hope you all can find some kind of peace through this difficult time. With love and sympathy cousin Chuck.

  • Linda Delaney-Trexler Posted January 22, 2019 5:31 am

    Oh Denise, I am so, so sorry. I just read this and the shock is profound. We have many memories, beautiful ones, starting with Brooke on the inside (!) in Grafton, long ago. Her birth, the wedding singer, the train guy, the postmaster. The Uxbridge apt, the log cabin with the stump cutting board /island, the Douglas hiatus, The Big Move south. Through it all, David’s humor, his love for you, Brooke Jonathan and Henry has shown through like a beacon, lighting the way forward. I have no doubt that that love will continue to undyimgly light the way for all of you throughout the rest of your lives and afterward. That’s gotta ‘be the power of love, don’t you think? I want to think I’ ll feel David’s presence again. It’s been such a good one. My thoughts and love are constantly with you during this enormously hard time.

  • joe Cicero Posted January 22, 2019 6:50 am

    One of the nicest people I ever met. My memories of playing the band blue like me are some of my most treasured. My condolences go out to Denice and Brooke. Because family was so important to Dave. Rest In Peace Dave
    .

  • Ashley Trevor Posted January 22, 2019 9:07 am

    Sorry for your loss Brooke, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless!

  • Pauline Neyer and family Posted January 22, 2019 10:34 am

    Denise, we were both shocked and saddened with learning of David’s sudden passing it seemed like yesterday although it was about 4years ago that we enjoyed a wonderful lunch together at your beautiful home and caught up on things. We wish that we had the perfect healing words for this very difficult time but we are praying for you and your beautiful family. Though we are in Connecticut please let us know if there’s something that we can be of help. May David rest in eternal peace.

  • Joan Kelliher Posted January 22, 2019 12:27 pm

    We are so sorry to learn of David’s passing. Think of you and Brooke, remembering a long time ago when Jessica sat Brooke,

  • CAROL KISH Posted January 22, 2019 2:58 pm

    Hi Denise, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. His spirit will always be with you.

  • George and Lauren Zukovs Posted January 23, 2019 10:06 am

    Dear Denise, We hope that time is kind to your heart and brings sweet memories in place of sadness. He was a wonderful man.

  • Susi sax Posted January 23, 2019 10:15 am

    Denise, was always impressed the way you both lived your life.. calm and serene is what I remember. So sorry this has happened. Out of the blue things change our lives. Barry and I are available if you need help around the house. May David remain in your thoughts. So sorry, Susi Sax.

  • Thea Gibson Posted January 23, 2019 11:29 am

    So sorry for your loss Brooke and family. From the messages left here, he sounds like a fantastic and unique guy. Thinking about you all. Time does help and he will forever live in your hearts and memories.

  • Susan and Harry Kegler Posted January 23, 2019 12:22 pm

    We both are very sad to learn that David is gone from all our lives. He will truly be missed by many in many ways. We hope that your cherished memories and the support of family and friends will help bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

  • John Knepley Posted January 23, 2019 3:21 pm

    Denise, I am so sorry for your loss. When we first met in our Shell Cove neighborhood I knew that Dave would be a good guy to be around. He will be missed.

  • Deb Young Posted January 24, 2019 7:11 am

    Denise,Brooke and Family, I am shocked and saddened to read of Dave’s passing. I can still see the three of you always together enjoying life! My heart breaks for you. Love and hugs.

  • Heidi Davis Posted January 24, 2019 2:10 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for your family during this time. David was such a wonderful person and always smiling. We are going to miss him so much here at work !!!

  • John Murphy Posted January 28, 2019 4:56 pm

    I’m very sorry for your lose aunt denise. The world is a lesser place with uncle David.

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