1955 – 2013

LEWISTON — Robert “Bob” F. Murphy Jr., 57, of Bridgton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 30, at Central Maine Medical Center after a long illness.

Bob was born in Bedford, Mass., on June 1, 1955, to Robert F. Murphy Sr. and Teresa I. Murphy and grew up on Black Point Road in Scarborough, attending Scarborough schools.

After his time in the Air Force, Bob began a career as a professional chef and spent a year in Steamboat Springs, Colo. doing culinary work. When he returned to Maine, he worked in John Martin’s Manor Restaurant before becoming a chef at Michael’s Restaurant. It was here that he met his future wife, Cynde Deering.

Bob became interested in real estate and owned camps at Tomhegan Wilderness Resort in Moosehead, Crescent Lake Cottages in Raymond, and his beloved home on top of Bear Trap Mountain in Bridgton. He adored the panoramic views and living in the clouds with the world at his fingertips.

Bob had many interests, including his love of dogs, particularly Emjay. He was enthusiastic when it came to horticulture, maintaining beautiful organic gardens at his home, year after year. Oftentimes, music, especially oldies, could be heard from his deck overlooking the mountains.

Bob was an avid reader. His house was chock-full of books of all kinds. He enjoyed writing and discussing world events, politics, finances and sports.

Though Bob enjoyed all of these things, what he loved most was to make people smile. With a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face, his quick wit would make you laugh, time after time.

Bob had many friends, near and far. His closest friends were his lifelong friends from childhood, especially Steve Sprague, who was like a brother to him. Regarding their friendship, they would say, “I don’t ever remember not knowing him.”

In the last few years, Bob had a very special relationship with his aunt, Solange Croteau. They would talk into the twilight hours, sometimes even until dawn. Her passing deeply saddened Bob, and he felt the void of her absence.

Bob leaves behind his wife, Cynthia M. Murphy; a daughter, Samantha L. Murphy; a son, Robert F. Murphy III; and a granddaughter, Layla Blais, whom he adored. Also surviving are siblings, Marie A. Murphy of Casco, Richard R. Murphy of Biddeford, Diane J. Snow of Limerick, and Jo-Ann C. Murphy of Biddeford. There are many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well.

Bob was predeceased by both parents, Robert F. Murphy Sr and Teresa I. Murphy.

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