Sean E. Murphy


Sean Murphy of Edgartown, MA passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife and daughter after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. 

Sean was raised in Scituate. He started coming to the Vineyard for summers during college, and eventually made it his home. Sean 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 and 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. Sean had many business ventures, including the Hole in One, Fishbones Restaurant, MV Taxi, and boat rentals.

Sean was very active in the community. In his early years, he took pride in holding various jobs, including being a volunteer firefighter and entertaining tourists as a tour guide

with his scintillating storytelling. He could often be seen at Oak Bluffs Harbor lending a hand, or playing hockey at M.V. Ice Arena. More recently, Sean was on the board of the Vineyard Trust, a wastewater commissioner, and was honored to be the Edgartown moderator.

Sean’s 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 his family and friends. He embraced life wholeheartedly, and lived each day to the fullest. His passing will be felt not only by his family and friends, but by the entire Vineyard community.

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

A celebration of Sean’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mass General Caring for a Cure, at, or Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539. For online tributes and more information, please visit