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Posted on: October 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Fire Chief Dennis M. Murphy, Ret., Hudson FD


Hudson, MA

Dennis M. Murphy, 76, a lifelong resident of Hudson, MA, died on Wednesday October 5, 2022 at UMASS Medical Center, University Campus in Worcester. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karen D. (Peterson) Murphy. He also leaves his daughter, Brenna Maguire and her husband Jason of Marlborough, MA; his son, Kevin P. Murphy and his wife Catherine of Hudson, MA; his five grandchildren, Colin Maguire, Keira Maguire, Nora Maguire, Joey Murphy and Emilia Murphy along with his brother, Jay Murphy and his wife Christine and many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Daniel Murphy and survived by Daniel's Wife Cindy Murphy.

Dennis was born in Marlborough, MA, son of the late Daniel and Jeannette (Senecal) Murphy. He was raised in Hudson and attended Saint Michael’s Grammar School and was a 1965 graduate of Hudson Catholic High School. He later earned an Associate’s Degree from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Dennis served in the United States Army as a Vietnam Veteran. He began his career as a Hudson Firefighter in 1968 and retired as the Fire Department’s Chief in 2000. He was a member of the Hudson Elks and served on the Fire Department Relief Association for many years.

Dennis had many hobbies and interests throughout his life but spending time with his family and later his grandchildren was truly what he cherished. Dennis and his family always looked forward to the yearly vacations to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and trips to Lake George in New York for the Hot Air Balloon Festivals. In his spare time he relaxed outside near the pool watching birds and liked to draw.  If someone asked Dennis how he was doing, he always responded "average".  He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.    

A Celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at the Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Family and friends may attend a period of visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 PM prior to the service. Burial services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dennis may be made to: The Michael Lisnow Respite Center, 112 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. ( or the Hudson Firefighter Relief Association.

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