NORTHFIELD – Joseph “Bud” E. Murphy, Sr., 84, a longtime resident of Tilton and Northfield died peacefully at his home, Thursday, May 31, 2012 following a period of failing health. Bud was born in Tilton, April 3, 1928, son of Thomas and Aline (Sylvester) Murphy. He attended local schools and graduated from the Tilton-Northfield High School. Bud served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He later went on to trade school with interests in carpentry work and then attended the University of New Hampshire. For many years he worked as a self employed stone and brick mason. He was most often mentioned when family and friends would discuss masonry or stone work on their properties, near and afar. When difficult chores were in order, such as working on repairs on the Tilton Arch in Northfield, Bud was the one called because of his skills. He always left his signature of sorts on fireplaces and other pieces he was involved in. He was known to spend time for lunch listening to Paul Harvey.
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