Martin Murphy III

Obituary of Martin Murphy III

RT. Rev. Msgr. Martin Joseph Murphy, 83, died Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Village House on Harrison Avenue, Newport. He was the husband of the late Anabeth S. Murphy and previously married to Janet Lee Murphy of Lancaster, PA.

Born in Newport on May 5, 1930. He was a son of the late Martin J. and Arabella (MacDonald) Murphy.

Marty attended the former De La Salle Academy in Newport and was a graduate of Rogers High School and College of Baltimore.

Marty was a realtor, worked for Seaport Converters and work for the Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Company. He was a retired priest with the Old Roman Catholic Church, he held Mass and was a tour guide at Belcourt Castle, a native Newporter, served in the U.S. Air Force, member of Hibernian Society, AMBUCS, Art Association, Blessing of the Fleet. He was one of the founding members of the Newport Irish Heritage Association, was a historian of Newport and Irish History, he wrote articles for Newport Life Magazine. Was an avid writer, painter, loved cooking, painting, boating and animals.

Marty is survived by his daughters, Sheryl Ann Trower and Brenda Lee Patterson and her husband Chuck, his step daughters Melissa Ann Howerin and her husband Bobby, Kirsten Leigh Mey and her husband Walter Mey. His brother Jack Murphy and his wife Marilyn. Seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was the brother of the late Bette Harris and Patricia Nahan and his late dogs Bridie and Chloe.

A private service was held today from the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home his burial was held at Trinity Cemetery in Portsmouth. The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Village House for taking great care of their father.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Marty's memory to the Potter League for Animals, P.O. 412, Newport or to the Village House Rehabilitation Center, 70 Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI 02840