PEABODY - Timothy C. Murphy Jr. was brought up in Roslindale, a suburb of Boston, and graduated from The Roxbury Latin School. He went on to receive his college degree at Harvard College. After a short career in the New England textile machinery manufacturing business at the Crompton and Knowles Loom Works in Worcester, MA, he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was assigned to a special technical unit involving Army Ordnance Development for the duration of his army career. Returning to civilian life, he started as a machinery design engineer for the Polaroid Corporation. He concluded a thirty-two-year career there as a Senior Manager responsible for almost all of the machinery that Polaroid used in the manufacture of their Picture in a Minute film product during their history. He concluded his working career as an independent consultant in the field of Industrial Automation.
Soon after he joined Polaroid, he married Jeanette Comeau, raised three daughters, and at the time of his death had been married to her for 65 years. He was a choral singer and sang for over twenty-five years in the Saint Margaret Mary Church Choir in Westwood, MA. He also sang in Boston’s Masterworks Chorale for seven years and served on their Board of Directors for two of those years.
He was a life-long advocate of services for the Developmentally Disabled serving many years on the Board of Directors of the South Norfolk County Association for the disabled. He became the president and subsequently the Chairman of the Board of that organization. During his retirement in Topsfield, Massachusetts, he served the town of Topsfield for ten years as the town’s representative on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Advisory Board.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Murphy, Daughter, Karen Jarosz and her husband Stash Jarosz of Holden, MA, daughter, Brenda Limone and her husband Douglas Limone of Topsfield, MA, daughter, Paula Murphy of Topsfield, MA. He was a loving grandfather to Brian Jarosz of Holden, MA, Lisa Jarosz of Boston, MA, Brett Limone of Danvers, MA and Scott Limone of New Market, NH.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tim’s memory to The ARC South Norfolk, https://www.arcsouthnorfolk.org/. Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping Tim’s family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting his eternal tribute at www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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