Harold W. Murphy

May 09, 1943
- February 16, 2012

SEBEC - Harold "Skip" W. Murphy, 68, passed away peacefully Feb. 16, 2012, with his wife, Sherry, by his side at Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft. He was born May 9, 1943, in Camden, son of Horace and Nellie (Bucklin) Murphy. Skip graduated from Morse Memorial High School, Brooks, June 7, 1962. He worked for 31 years as a driver's license examiner for the state of Maine, retiring in 2001. He was also a part-time deputy sheriff for Aroostook County for several years. During his younger years he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a Confederate Civil War re-enactor, who was extremely knowledgeable of U.S. history from 1861 to 1865. The birth of his first great-grandchild, John Robert Beller, was a very special moment in his life because they share the same birthday. Skip enjoyed traveling and dining out, but more than anything he loved and supported his family and friends. Skip was predeceased by his parents; and his first wife, Isabelle (Stevens) Murphy. He is survived by his daughter, Carmen (Murphy) Cole and husband, John, of England, Ark.; Carmen's children, Angie (Winchester) Beller and husband, Gary, and their children, John Robert and Summer Beller, of Zion, Ill., and Clifford Winchester and his son, Brennan, of Bangor; and his four adopted children, Dale Murphy of Bangor, Beth (Murphy) Hill and husband, Richard, and their children, Mark and KennethLee, of Brooks, Joan (Murphy) Makela and husband, Keith, and their children, Sebastian and Katana, of Bradford and Seth Ranco of Old Town. Skip also leaves his wife of 16 years, Sherry Welts-Murphy of Sebec; her daughter, Johannah Burdin and her daughter, Ella, of Portland and son, Jacob Burdin and wife, Deidra, and their children, Taylor and Jude, of Sebec. A celebration of Skip's life will be held in June in Monroe. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.

Published in BDN Maine on February 18, 2012

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