Richard F. “Rick” Murphy

Richard F. “Rick” Murphy, 72, of Riverside, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the husband of Helen M. (Cyr) Murphy to whom he was married 53 years.

Born in Providence, he was the son of Joan (Heap) Murphy and the late Richard J. Murphy.  Rick was a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service for 45 years before he retired. He was a Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He lived in Riverside for 37 years, was a summer resident of Roy Carpenters Beach and was brought up in the Fox Point section of Providence.  Rick was an avid sports fan. He coached and umpired for 20 years for the Fox Point Little League, played softball for Local 57 and while he attended Hope High School he was the hockey goalie. He was a past member of the Warwick Fire Fighters Club.

Besides his wife and mother he leaves two sons, Rick P. Murphy of West Greenwich and Brian S. “Buff” Murphy of Riverside, two grandchildren, Lauren and Ryan Murphy and one sister, Patricia “Patsy” Hawksley and her husband Wayne of Matunuck.  He was the father of the late Dr. Shaun P. Murphy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM in St. Brendan’s Church, 60 Turner Avenue, Riverside. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4-7 PM in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence.  In lieu of flowers contributions to Hope Health & Hospice Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 would be deeply appreciated.


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37 entries.
Mary Lou Murphy from Barrington wrote on April 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm:
With a heavy heart I send condolences to Helen & all the Murphy family. It’s never easy to lose a loved one especially to cancer. Hopefully you will all be at peace knowing that he will no longer have pain. Much love to all, Mary Lou Murphy
Mark Whitney from Warwick wrote on April 7, 2021 at 8:07 pm:
sorry for your loss . Murph was Murph .That was a special type of good . He will be missed .
Tom Mulhearn from Narragansett wrote on April 7, 2021 at 10:52 am:
It has been well over 60 years since Amy St. Ricky Murphy always had a smile and a game face in sports. He gave it his all. Heartfelt condolences to Helen and his family.
ROBERT GAGNON from COVENTRY wrote on April 6, 2021 at 6:36 pm:
My sympathy goes out to all the Murphy family! I worked next to Rick for most of my time in the postal service . We shared many good times, and a few sad ones as well. My heart is heavy! RESTIN PEACE MY FRIEND!! Bob Gagnon
Earl Lopez from East Providence wrote on April 6, 2021 at 3:08 pm:
Condolences to the entire Murphy family. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Rick but whenever we ran into each other we enjoyed conversation together. Our families grew up on John St, in the Fox Point neighborhood. Rick was a great guy and he will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Craig Ruginski from Warwick wrote on April 6, 2021 at 2:16 pm:
Rick was one of the kindest carriers I had the pleasure to carry with. He will be sorely missed by all of Warwick's postal family! Via con dios old friend.
Deb S. from Warwick wrote on April 6, 2021 at 1:29 pm:
Sorry to hear of Ricks passing, he was a good man and always nice to work with in the crazy world of the post office. Condolences to his family.
Deb S. from Warwick wrote on April 6, 2021 at 1:29 pm:
Sorry to hear of Ricks passing, he was a good man and always nice to work with in the crazy world of the post office. Condolences to his family.
Jim Phillips from East providence wrote on April 6, 2021 at 12:10 pm:
Rest in peace. Old friend from Fox Point..to his family..may his memory be a blessing!
Helen Murphy from RIVERSIDE wrote on April 6, 2021 at 12:07 pm:
Who would have thought that meeting in 2nd grade we would have spent a lifetime together. We shared lots of joy and sadness with each other. Will miss you and loved you dearly. We will be together again someday. Helen
Paul Charette from Spring, Texas wrote on April 6, 2021 at 11:28 am:
Rest in peace Rick. The "Smurph" made life at the Post Office enjoyable.
Paul from Spring, Texas wrote on April 6, 2021 at 11:24 am:
Rest in peace Rick. You where one of a kind at the Post Office where the "Smurph" put a lot of living into life and made those around him smile.
Kym Zupke from Warwick wrote on April 6, 2021 at 11:05 am:
So sorry to hear of Ricks passing. We worked together at Warwick PO for a long time. He was a wonderful funny person. Prayers for all
Val Peterson from Warwick wrote on April 6, 2021 at 11:00 am:
Dear Helen and sons, I worked with Ricky at the Warwick PO. He was so much fun to work beside. Always laughing and he sure did make us laugh. He stopped one day after he retired to thank me for a card I sent when Shaun passed. That's the guy he was. He will be remembered fondly and with a smile😊
Steven F Vieira from Port St Lucie, FL wrote on April 5, 2021 at 11:41 pm:
Helen and family. I am so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. I will always cherish the many great times in our youth on Amy Street. May he Rest In Peace and may you and your family find comfort knowing that his many friends will always remember him and all the fun times growing up together in Fox Point. God Bless all of you.
Jarrett and Melissa wrote on April 5, 2021 at 9:56 pm:
Will forever miss the charm and personality of your husband and father. The apples have not fallen far from the tree and the Murphys are a gift to all for it. Love you Jarrett and Melissa Sweet
Linda and Paul cyr from Vero beach Fl 32967 wrote on April 5, 2021 at 8:56 pm:
Dear Helen Ric and Brian our condolences 💐 we are thinking of you all. We will sure miss the great person Ric was and his great sense of humor. Ric will be missed greatly we will see him again on the other side and we will rejoice with all our loved ones. Our deepest sympathies. Paul Linda Ashley Gio & Landon.