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Bernard Murphy

March 17, 2023


    Mr. Bernard Charles Murphy, age 79, of Lakeview St. died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

 He was born in Pittsfield on June 20, 1943 one of thirteen children of the late Thomas Francis Murphy and Maryjane Robinson Murphy. He was educated in the local schools and joined the US Marine Corps as a young man. He served during Vietnam and among many medals, was awarded the Purple Heart.

Upon his return home to Pittsfield, Bernie worked for many years for General Electric Company, and later General Dynamics, as an assembler. He retired in the mid-1990s.

He was a proud Elks 272 member where he enjoyed playing cards, especially Monday night pitch. He was a terrific golfer and enjoyed countless rounds of golf at the GEAA, where he served as a longtime board member. 

He was a kind man and an even better husband, father and grandfather. He adored his family and loved to maintain his yard.

Bernie is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Sheila Jean Burke. The two were married on May 1, 1965 at St. Charles Church, where they have been parishioners ever since.

    In addition to his beloved wife, Bernie is survived by their children Charles B. Murphy and his wife Kathy and Colleen Rufo and her husband Darren, all of Pittsfield, 1 granddaughter, Ashley Rufo, and 4 grandsons, Nicholas Rufo, Tyler, Brett and Nathan Murphy. He also leaves 7 siblings, Tommy and Jimmy Murphy, Rita Welch, Pat, Michael and Mark Murphy and Patricia Jarvis, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Bernie was predeceased by 5 siblings, Mary Ellen “Bodie” Goodnow, Peg Gregory, Anne Carroll, Billy Murphy and Catherine Higgins.

SERVICES: Friends are invited to join with the Murphy family on TUESDAY, March 21st from 5-7PM at the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning, March 22nd at St. Charles Borromeo Church beginning at 10 AM with Rev. Daniel Cymer, Parish Administrator, officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to "The American Cancer Society" and mailed to the funeral home at 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201


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