AUBURN — Richard L. Murphy, well-known local real estate broker, 82, passed peacefully with family and close friends Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Hospice House, due to a long-term illness.

Dick was born Feb. 3, 1935, the son of Peter and Albianne (Beliveau) Murphy.

A graduate of St. Dom’s, he was captain of the football team, attended UMO, Portland Law School, studied criminal law and graduated from Bates College.

He was a true athlete; other than football, he also played basketball, hockey, tennis and golf. An experienced skier, he enjoyed Sugarloaf. He liked traveling, took mini-cruises, and vacationed in Las Vegas and Florida. Dick loved the ocean, having had roots as a child by the lovely Maine coastline. He played trombone and the piano. He enjoyed parties, outings and friend gatherings.

He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

In 1978 he began his real estate career, which had been such a big part of his life. He worked at ERA Worden Realty, until he co-founded “Murphy and Clavette Realty” with Lorraine Clavette, in 1982. The company flourished, and Dick was loved and respected. In the ’80s, his daughter, Maureen, joined a workforce of 15. Smart, business-minded and devoted to helping others, he worked tirelessly, without counting his time.

Commercial division was our specialty; we sold many campgrounds, motels and bed and breakfasts. Designations included CRS, ABR and CCIM, and he recently served at Berkshire-Hathaway Real Estate.

He leaves behind his wife, Joan (Brown) Murphy; his daughter, Maureen Murphy; stepdaughter, Tina Lessard; son-in-law, Peter Lessard; grandchildren, Nash, Erik and Chandell Nelson, Cody, Rebecca and Lauren Lessard; and seven great-grandchildren; and close friend, Lorraine Clavette.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Murphy and Peter Murphy Jr.; along with a baby sister; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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