Michael J. Murphy

Date of Passing:

March 12, 2024

Murphy, Michael J., 71, of Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on March 12, 2024 at home surrounded by his loving family after a 10 month battle with glioblastoma. He was the beloved husband of Linda M. (Gouveia) Murphy.

Born in Providence, RI, a son of the late John P. and Dolores (Duprey) Murphy, he lived in Riverside for 47 years.

Mr. Murphy worked at the Oldcastle Company for 25 years before retiring in 2018.

Michael coached youth boys and girls in Riverside Little League and St. Brendan CYO basketball.

Michael enjoyed fishing, sports, and vacationing in Maine. His biggest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Besides his wife of 47 years, he was the devoted father of Sean Murphy (Michelle), Ryan Murphy (Shannon), and Kayla Barao (Travis); beloved grandfather of Colby, Tatum, Mason and Owen Murphy and Emily, James and Gabriella Barao. He also leaves behind two sisters, Kathleen Gauvin, Maureen Murphy; four brothers, Gregory Murphy, Robert Murphy, John Murphy and Joseph Murphy and several nieces, nephews and extended family. He was the brother of the late Eileen Caramiciu.

His Funeral will be held on Tuesday March 19, 2024 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence.

Calling Hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Michael’s memory to Hope Health Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Greg, Bobby, & family, sorry for losing your big brother. i remember Mike being the catalyst to get all the Murphys running at Hendricken, including through the corn fields at Morris Farms. Peace.

  2. Linda and family, sending my deepest condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. His love for his family will be cherished forever.

  3. Linda and family, we are so sorry to hear about Michael’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  4. Thinking of you all and our hearts are with you and your family!

  5. Greg and all the Murphy family, I am very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. We were in the same class at St Kevin School. I have fond memories of growing up on Elmbrook Drive and time spent with the Murphy clan. Sending love and prayers.

  6. We are so very sorry hear this- our love and support to the entire Murphy family. May he rest in peace….. and hoping his friends and family find some comfort in the wonderful memories you all share
    –the Tucker family

  7. Linda, my deepest sympathy to you and your children. So very sorry for your loss.

  8. Linda, I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Keeping you and your entire family in my prayers. Heartfelt condolences to you all.

  9. Linda, Sean, Ryan and Kayla: Jim and I are so sorry for your loss. Your husband was the funniest, kindness man we’ve ever known and we will miss Mike a lot. We are praying for all of you at this most difficult time.

  10. Kayla, Our condolences to you and your family. We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a such great guy. We have wonderful memories of him from our BayView Track and Cross Country years. RIP Padre…

  11. Linda, we were shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Our love and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. May God’s peace be with you and your family.

  12. Dear Sean and Family,

    Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you at this time. May the beautiful memories you hold in your heart bring you peace.

    Samantha and Igor

  13. Greg, I am heartbroken to hear of the loss of your dear brother. Surrounding you with cherished memories, love, and strength every day. 🙏💔🥲

  14. Linda our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Murphy was a happy go lucky guy always smiling, that’s how we will remember him. With all our love
    Wayne and Karen Cabin 18 💔

  15. Linda…sending our love and prayers to you and the family. So sorry for your loss. Love from Jan and Noel.

  16. Kayla, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. Keeping you and your family in my prayers during this very difficult time. 🙏❤️

  17. Linda,Sean,Ryan and Kayla, John and I are so sorry to hear of Mike’s and your dad’s passing. He was an upstanding ,respected coach and person. May he rest in peace.

  18. Linda and Kayla I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful man. My condolences to all of you and you and he will be in my prayers!

  19. Sending our love and prayers to the Murphy family at this sad time. May he rest in the arms of our Lord. 💙🙏

  20. Greg and all the Murphy family I am saddened to hear about Micheal’s passing. The first day of school at Saint Kevin’s school he was my first friend. I hope he is at eternal rest now.

  21. Big hug to Ryan and family, may you find peace.

  22. Please accept our condolences from the Murphys (Joseph, Colleen, Kayleen, Kamron).

  23. I’m so sorry to all of my uncles and aunts, especially my father Robert Murphy, and all of my cousins, nieces and nephews…it’s heartbreaking.

  24. Our condolences to entire family! Your dad was a wonderful special friend! We will miss him every day of our life! Love and prayers always!

  25. Ryan so sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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