Sean Murphy of Edgartown died peacefully on April 23, at home with his loving wife and daughter after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was 59.

He was born on August 29, 1961. He was raised in Scituate, began coming to the Vineyard during summers in college, and eventually made the Island his home. He graduated from Bridgewater State College and Suffolk Law School and went on to be a founding partner of McCarron, Murphy and Vukota. Professionally he was known for his integrity, unwavering commitment to his clients and as a mentor to his colleagues. While Sean ultimately was known for his career as an attorney, he was an entrepreneur at heart, and had many business ventures including the Hole in One, Fishbones Restaurant, MV Taxi and Boat Rentals.

He was active in the Island community. In his early years, he took pride in holding various jobs including as a volunteer firefighter, and entertaining tourists as a tour guide with his scintillating storytelling. He could often be seen at the Oak Bluffs harbor lending a hand or playing hockey at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena. More recently he served on the board of the Vineyard Trust, as an Edgartown wastewater commissioner and as Edgartown town moderator.

His favorite pastime, when not with his family, was playing golf at Farm Neck. He often would say that he was headed to Our Lady of the first tee. Sean was known for his quick wit and humor and his dedication to family and friends. He embraced life wholeheartedly and lived each day to the fullest. His death will be felt not only by his family and friends but by the entire Vineyard community.

He was predeceased by his father William L. Murphy. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Lisa Marie Murphy; his 15-year-old daughter

Hannah Jean Murphy; his mother Margaret Murphy; brother Kevin Murphy and his wife Anna Ruth; sister Meg (Murphy) Powers and her husband Jeff; brother Terence Murphy and his wife Katy; aunt Constance McClellen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Donations can be made to Mass General Caring for a Cure, or the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539.

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