Gary MurphyJuly 23,2014
SOUTH RYEGATE — Gary Murphy was born in Barre on June 4, 1949, a son of Harland Murphy and Annie Carpenter. On July 11, 2014, he passed away, surrounded by loving family and friends at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire, the result of a tragic fall at his home in South Ryegate.
Gary grew up in Barre and Wells River, graduated from Wells River High School as valedictorian in 1967, and from the University of Vermont in 1971.
Following college graduation, Gary worked at various jobs in Vermont and North Carolina.
He married Marielyn Chadwick on March 15, 1992, at Post Mills, Vermont; they later divorced.
Gary worked at Capital City Press in Berlin for several years, but was laid off when the company moved its operations out of state in 2005. Since then he has worked at Shaw’s Supermarket in Woodsville, New Hampshire, and at Jiffy Mart in Bradford, as well as embarking on a website design and computer repair business, in which he collaborated with his son, Gaelan.
Gary’s life has been one of activism, working as a union organizer and union representative at Capital City Press, and more recently playing a prominent role in the quest for a Vermont state bank. He cared deeply about social justice and was a frequent contributor to the opinion page of the Caledonian-Record. His contributions were never vitriolic, but well-reasoned and to the point. He was also very active in organizing local groups for causes that he was passionate about. Gary has been involved with local softball leagues. He was a sports enthusiast and cheered on all the New England teams, especially the Red Sox. Gary was also an avid reader and history enthusiast. He was a selfless man who was respected by many and will be missed by all who knew him.
Gary leaves behind his son, Gaelan, of South Ryegate; brothers Bob (Lynda), of Barre, Ron (Vicki), of Shaftsbury, Dennis (Linda), of Peterborough, New Hampshire; sister Janet Bryer (partner Christos Maninos), of Groton; former wife Marielyn Chadwick, of South Ryegate; and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Ryegate Corner Presbyterian Church, 48 Bayley-Hazen Road, Ryegate, Vermont.
Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Gaelan Murphy Education Fund, in an account set up at the Wells River Savings Bank, P.O. Box 645, Wells River, VT 05081.
For more information, or to offer an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com.
Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville assisted the family with arrangements.
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