NEWBURY,  Mass. – Thomas I. Murphy III, 57, of Newbury, Mass. passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 surrounded by family following a two-year strong and courageous battle with cancer. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Maria Palumbo, together for 11 loving years; his children Kathryn Murphy; Mackenzie Griffin and significant other William J Beach II; Gwynnethe and MarkAnthony Glickman; sister Cynthia Murphy and husband Scott Kloster of Auburn; brother Michael Murphy and wife Allison of Redding, Conn.; sister-in-law Sheila Royston Murphy and husband Steve Meier of Vienna, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his parents Thomas I. and Nancy B. Murphy, and brother Peter Murphy.

Tom was born in New York, grew up in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1979, where he was a standout soccer player and ski jumper.  He continued his education at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont where he graduated with an Economics degree and was junior class president and a four-year varsity soccer player.

Tom had a long and accomplished career as a territory sales manager in the material handling industry, earning numerous local and national sales awards and worked for over 15 years with Brodie Toyota Lift in Lawrence, Mass. A lifelong athlete, Tom’s true passions were soccer and skiing. His real joy came from transferring his love of sports to his children as a longtime, certified Reading, Mass., youth soccer coach and supporter of Triton Regional High School soccer. Nothing brought Tom greater pleasure than living the summer months and weekends on Plum Island where the beauty and serenity of the beach brought him great comfort and peace during his illness.

Family and friends may call on Friday Dec. 14, 2018 from 4-8 p.m., at Twomey, LeBlanc & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport, Mass. Funeral services will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St., Newburyport, Mass., at 9 a.m., on Saturday Dec. 15, 2018.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Thomas Ignatius Murphy III Soccer & Athletic Memorial Fund at

TD Bank North

51 State Street

Newburyport, MA

or through Zelle

with the email

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