Chief Murphy, a Norwood police officer for 33 years and police chief for 10 years, was one of the state’s youngest police chiefs when appointed in 1963.
Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Norwood.
He was a participant in many law enforcement organizations, was a graduate of the FBI Academy and Northeastern University.
Among the chief’s many awards and honors were the American Legion Law and Order Citation as “outstanding police officer of 1967” and the Lawrence D. Sullivan award presented by the Law Enforcement and Criminology School of Northeastern University.
He was named Citizen of the Year in 1966 by the Norwood Lion’s Club and was appointed in 1967 to State Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson’s advisory committee on police problems.
He leaves his wife, Regina M. (Leffler); seven sons, James M. Jr., William J.. Brian P., John T. and Paul C., all of Norwood. Kevin E. of Walpole and Pvt. Thomas G. Murphy, USMC, stationed at Camp Lejune, N.C., and two daughters. Shiela Murphy of Norwood and Marine Pvt. Maureen P. Murphy, stationed at Parris Island, N.C.