Paul V. Murphy.
Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mary (Sarsfield) Murphy, and lived in Worcester all his life. His wife of 45 years, Margaret A. (Ladden) Murphy, died in 1991.
He leaves two sons; two daughters, including Margaret A. Robinson and her husband, Donald, of Shrewsbury; nine grandchildren, including Michael and John Robinson of Shrewsbury; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers and two grandchildren.
He served in the Worcester Fire Department for 41 years. As a firefighter his assignments included the School Street, Prescott Street and Grove Street Headquarters. He completed his career with a long-term assignment as a fire inspector in the Fire Prevention Department.
He was a member of St. Peter's Parish, Knights of Columbus, Grafton Hillers Sportsman Club, Local No. 1009 Fire Department Union, State and Local Fire and Police Association, and long-term director of the Worcester Fire Department Credit Union.
He worked for many years part-time at Iandoli's Package Store and Austin Liquors, retiring in 2007.
Callahan & Fay Brothers Funeral Home, in Worcester, directed arrangements. A funeral Mass in celebration of his life will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m., St. Peter Church, 929 Main St., Worcester. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 10 Judith Road, Worcester, MA 01602, St. Peter Church, American Heart Association, or American Cancer Society.