Edwin C.'s Story
Edwin C. Murphy, Jr., 74, died on June 22, 2017, in Port Angeles, Wash.
Ed/Ted/Eddo was born in 1942 to Edwin C. and Elizabeth G. Murphy of North Andover. In due time, Ed was joined by three brothers and two sisters.
He graduated from the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass. and received his Bachelor of Science from the Catholic University of America. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. in cellular biology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and followed that with post-doctoral work at Johns Hopkins and University of Washington. Ed’s passion for research in the field of tumor virology led him to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he ultimately became a tenured professor. In 1998, Ed retired from MDACC and embarked on a second career as the owner/operator of the Manitou Lodge in Forks, Wash. Along the way, he honed his skills as a carpenter, craftsman, and fine woodworker, studied the Japanese language and later Hindi, plucked guitar and banjo strings, skied whenever he could, officiated weddings, and discovered the joy of cooking. Ed was a student of all things, a gifted educator and had an Irishman’s gift of gab. He was an athlete and an avid lover of anything physical—the harder the better—and he always played to win.
Ed is survived by his wife, Lynne, and their son, Arthur; daughter, Sheila Murphy Wollam (Erik); brothers, Richard and Stephen Murphy; sister, Susan Brown; and grandchildren, Henry and John Wollam of Wimberley, Texas, and Luke, Shannon and Samantha Murphy of Durham, N.C. Ed’s special loved ones also include a lifelong friend, James Crane; a daughter-in-law, Stacy Murphy Utz, wife of Ed’s beloved son, Ted. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Sr. and Elizabeth; as well as his sister, Anne Marie; his brother, Robert; and his son, Ted.
Special thanks to the many wonderful people who supported Ed along the way, including Dr. Bob Benjamin and MDACC, Volunteer Hospice of Port Angeles, and the folks at Olympic Medi-cal Center.
Friends and family are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Church in North Andover at 10 a.m. on July 22, 2017. A private burial will follow. Local arrangements are under the direction of Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover. For directions or online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Drennan-Ford Funeral Home in Port Angeles, Wash. Donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030, or www.mdanderson.org.
Published on  July 2, 2017