Lawrence E. (Peenie) Murphy


Lawrence E. (Peenie) Murphy, 92, died after a brief illness Nov. 13, 2018, at home surrounded by his family. He was born May 10, 1926, in Northeast Harbor, the eldest son of Walter H. and Marie E. (McEachern) Murphy.

Peenie served in the Army, World War II, during the 1945 Rhineland Campaign and in Central Europe.

A tenacious entrepreneur, Peenie would proudly tell all that he was thrown out of the eighth grade at Pemetic Elementary and then later became a school board member and a town selectman. He was a generous provider to his family, and a local businessman operating gas stations, rental cars, taxis, fuel oil, snowmobile sales, and shuttling cars north/south for the summer visitors. Peenie was always known to have a half-chewed cigar that rarely appeared to be lit. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Kebo Valley and the Bar Harbor Golf Course. Belva and Peenie spent many winters in Spring Hill, Fla., where they golfed and enjoyed escaping the cold winters.

In 1973, Belva and Peenie were founding members creating MDI Helpers, which later became Downeast Horizons, a nonprofit organization that assists people with developmental disabilities.

Peenie is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Belva (Crockett) Murphy; his daughter Tina Barrett and her husband, Monty, of Monroe; his daughter Sally Auclair and her husband, Armand Jr., of Orono; his son Steve Murphy of Ellsworth; four grandchildren Heather Auclair-Welch of Dedham, Mass.; Erik Hamilton of Scarborough; David Hamilton of Scarborough, and Melanie Knarr of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two great-grandchildren Nick and Grace Knarr of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two brothers Forrest (Spide) Murphy of Southwest Harbor and Philip (Pete) Murphy of Trenton; and many nieces and nephews. Peenie was predeceased by his parents, his brother Clarence (Nibby) Murphy and brother Joseph (Joe) Murphy.

Friends are invited to call noon-2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Height Cemetery. Gifts may be made to Downeast Horizons Foundation, 77 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at




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