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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38 entries.
Cat Seippel from EG wrote on May 3, 2021 at 9:46 am
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Peace be with you always.
Marge Kennedy from Riverside, RI wrote on April 12, 2021 at 10:34 am
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prays are with you and your family
Dennis Gantt from Warwick wrote on April 11, 2021 at 8:34 pm
I was so saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing. He was a dear friend. We came into the Post Office as new letter carriers and worked together until we both retired. He was fun loving and happy and brought that spirit to all of us who worked with him. He lit up our lives every day. I will miss you my friend. With sincerest condolences.
Marty Kalagian from Warwick wrote on April 10, 2021 at 2:26 pm
Just found out today from my letter carrier that Rick passed away. My condolences to the Murphy family . Rick made our jobs so much better as letter carriers and helped all his fellow workers . He was a great friend to all of us and was the leader of the pack at the old Pilgrim station . A wonderful friend who brings us all great memories , Rest In Peace Rick .
Allen Winter Sr from Riverside wrote on April 10, 2021 at 10:51 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. 🙏
Stephen & Beth Romano from Riverside wrote on April 9, 2021 at 4:51 pm
Helen, Ricky & Brian .....we are so very sorry for your loss. Ricky was a good man. From our first days moving onto Dyer Ave he was always so friendly - and, funny! We will miss seeing him on his daily stroll around the neighborhood. We know these last few years have been incredibly difficult and we believe that he is now free from any pain and reunited with Shaun. Love & prayers!
Rose from East providence wrote on April 9, 2021 at 9:31 am
Ricky, we wish those summer days could go on and on, but in our memories they will. You will always be with us in our hearts at RCB. Jack and I will always remember the fun we had and all that you shared with us. Boy you had lots of good stories in that fantastic memory of yours! You sure gave a good fight and we admired your strength. Rest easy now. Love, Jack and Rose.
Pat Pyne from Cranston Ri wrote on April 8, 2021 at 9:38 pm
Helen, Rick and Brian My condolence to all. I will miss his smiling face at RCB but he is no longer in pain. Perhaps he will meet up with Al in heaven. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time.
Brian (Buff) from Riverside wrote on April 8, 2021 at 7:53 pm
Where do I begin? You were my hero. You’ve been through so much in your life between Vietnam losing Shaun Raising three boys the best a real man could ever do. It hurt me so bad to watch you suffer battling that horrible disease. I wish I could be half the man you were you are one tough son of a bitch I love you I will take great care of Mom and Rick see you and Shaun on the other side xoxoxo
Jack Hunt from Warwick wrote on April 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Helen and family, Condolence to the whole family. Watching both of you growing up on Amy Street. To see Rich on his Postal route He always had that Irish smile. Thoughts and prayers to you all
Cookie Evans Souza from Clearwater, FL wrote on April 8, 2021 at 4:52 pm
Helen & Family, My Deepest Sympathy
Michael Barbosa from Johnston wrote on April 8, 2021 at 4:27 pm
I am so saddened to hear of this news. Mr. Murphy was one of my favorite guests at Dunkin. There wasn't a morning we didn't talk sports. We will miss him dearly. We all remembered his coffee order each morning. Small coffee cream with sweet n low, and a donut for his mom. I hope you find comfort in his memories. Rest in Peace Mr. Murphy!!!! Mike & the crew at Dunkin Donuts
Ray & Brenda Brothers from Lincoln wrote on April 8, 2021 at 11:55 am
Helen, We were so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Seems a short time ago we were playing softball for Tony's. He always was a happy person. Lot's of great memories. Take care and know he will be missed
Alfred W Bucci from COVENTRY wrote on April 8, 2021 at 10:31 am
Rick, Helen, very sorry for your loss. He was very nice to Pat and me and we appreciated his Roy's.
dennis o grady from Port Charlotte fl wrote on April 8, 2021 at 9:17 am
Bob Kelly from Warwick wrote on April 8, 2021 at 7:59 am
I was so sorry to read of Rick's passing. It was pleasure to work along side Rick at the PO. He made the PO his stage and we were all better carriers for having known him. My condolences to the Murphy Family. Rickie will be missed
Ken souza from NK / Englelwood Fl wrote on April 8, 2021 at 7:52 am
Sending Prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Warren Olney from Chepachet wrote on April 8, 2021 at 6:55 am
So very sorry Helen to learn of your loss, I remember Rick well from stopping in at work. May he rest in peace.
Sue Conley from Rumford wrote on April 8, 2021 at 6:50 am
Helen and family, I am so sorry for you loss.
Al and Florence Mello from The Villages ,Fl. wrote on April 8, 2021 at 6:47 am
To the whole Murphy family,Our condolences and sympathies. from Amy st. to Softball to Riverside we will always remember the good times and the many smiles he put on our faces. God Bless