Colin J. Murphy, age 35

of Wilmington

Colin J. Murphy, age 35

Colin J. Murphy, age 35, of Wilmington, died suddenly, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Colin was born in Boston, raised and educated in Wilmington. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School, Class of 2004. He earned his Associate’s degree in Building Construction Management from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Colin lived in Wilmington for most of his life.

He was employed as a carpenter and was a proud member of Carpenters Union Local 327.

Colin enjoyed sports and was an avid Boston sports fan.

Colin was known for his big heart and endless generosity.

Beloved son of Kelly L. (Brown) Ravanis and her husband William G. Ravanis, Jr. of Wilmington, John P. Murphy, Jr. and his longtime partner, Colin’s step-mother, Monica Fortune, of Braintree.

Devoted brother of Ryan K. Murphy and her partner Kevin Crowe of South Boston.

Loving grandson of Kathleen E. Dew and her husband Ben of Hudson, the late John P. Murphy, the late Dale R. and Jacqualine M. Brown, and Pauline Ravanis of Lexington and the late William G. Ravanis.

Colin is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In light of current events, funeral services will take place privately. A celebration of Colin’s life will be held at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Colin’s memory may be made to the Gavin Foundation, Attn: Development, 675 East 4th Street, P.O. Box E-15, South Boston, MA 02127 or by visiting


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  • Colin was a good man and always a gentleman. He will be certainly missed by all of his family, friends and coworkers.
    RIP Colin.

  • Colin was an amazing person alway there when you needed him he would help no questions asked.
    I am so sorry to his family I hope you all know how much he loved you all
    Rest In Peace my eternal angel
    Love ya for always and ever 💔

  • Colin was Loved by many, he had such a big heart, I loved him and adopted him as a nephew. He called me “ uncle Danny” He was a true and loyal friend. He devoted a huge part of his life to the Carpenter’s Union and our causes and struggles. He will be sorely missed. God Bless you Colin, and keep you, until we meet again.

  • Colin was the most respectful young man I ever worked with… I will miss his friendship… R.I.P. little brother…33

  • Kelly and Family: My deepest sympathies to you all on the passing of Colin. My prayers are with your family. May Colin Rest In Peace.

  • I was shocked and incredibly saddened by this news of my dead friend Colin. In high school we were TIGHT. All caps not a mistake. The guy was so genuine and loyal. We hung out almost every day. He would lend me his car when I didn’t have one. Feed me when I was hungry. Listen to my music when noone else would. The list goes on. God always seems to take the good ones. Well, he picked a good one for sure. Rest In Paradise Murph. From your boy, “Big Sin”

  • What a shock.

    I will fondly remember growing up with Colin. When we were young, his summer visits to Minnesota were always another reason to look forward to summer.
    There are many happy memories that I have of our time together.
    Sad news.
    My love to you all.

  • Kelly, John, Ryan. My heart is breaking for you. Colin was such a fun kid/man. I am glad that we stayed in touch even though he didn’t get back to Mn often. He will be missed immensely. Love and prayers Auntie Janet

  • Colin was a great young man. A peaceful brother that will truly be missed. RIP brother ✌😪.

  • One of the purest people I’ve ever been blessed to know. We’ve bled, sweat, and cried in both pain and laughter… He was a big shoulder to lean on, never judging those he loved. He made it easy to love him back… There’s a giant hole in my heart today I’ll fill with our memories… I love you brother. Rest easy Clyde…..

  • Colin will be deeply missed. As many have stated he was there when you needed him, always ready to help anyone in need. As children he was a protector and his smile and laughter were absolutely contagious. Whenever I think of him I think of laughter, he was hilarious. Colin was gentle and kind, a lover of animals and the outdoors. Even as a child he dreamed of working construction and I was so happy in adulthood his dreams became a reality. Colin was always proud of his mother and father, his step parents and so proud of his sister. My heart breaks that you won’t be here but we all hold you in our hearts. You will forever inspire me to live life with love and an open heart, you will forever inspire me to use my hands for helping and you will forever inspire me to always listen to and for those who are in need. I am wrapping my arms around all those who miss him, we are sharing in your pain and loss. I am thinking of our family and those closest to him— my God continue to bless and protect you.

  • Colin was a not just a union carpenter , he was like a younger brother to me , big hearted kid, would literally give you his shirt off his back if needed,, R.I.E.P “Bigdogg” 🙏🏽., until we meet again my friend.

  • Even though I didnt know Colin personally, it sure sounds like he was a Son you had so many reasons to be very proud of. And that all comes from the way he was raised. I am so very sorry for your loss Kelly. Sending my condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • What can I say Colin was the one person who can keep u laughing all day long he was a good friend to me as I was to him he will be missed every day but I’m going to miss the days and nights that we worked together I am Going to miss that my friend and going to miss talking to you god bless and Rest easy my friend going to miss you

  • So sorry for this sudden loss a great soul left this earth to become an angel. Colin will be missed RIP May god grant your wings. It has been great knowing him.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Colin in South Boston and lived with him there for a while he was a real good kid always trying to help someone out and never asked for anything in return. Colin you will be missed bud rest in peace ☹️

  • Kelly, Bill, & Ryan, our condolences go out to you, we didn’t see Colin that often but enough to say what a guy, he was so proud of his job, used to discuss him changing out the Boston garden for different events. He was very strong young man, I think the dna floated down from Grampa Dale, he liked wt, lifting, the bench press, I asked him what was most he lifted , I checked with the high school honor roll of bench press, Colin as a 9 th grader lifted 15 lbs more then the high school record awesome!!! He really had a sense of humor, get him together with uncle Larry was unbelievable our prayers go out to his family such a loss at young age R I P

  • Rest In Peace my friend.

  • I am beyond saddened to learn of Colin’s passing. Some of my fondest memories of childhood involve Colin; playing ball, building random stuff with Snail’s wood, Moon & Sunsets Lounge, four wheeling, going to Pelican Beach or the waterslides, walking to Grandma Erm’s and playing on the swing and so so many more. I will forever cherish these memories. My deepest condolences to you, Kelly and Ryan, and anyone else that had the privilege of knowing Colin. This world needs more loving and kind people like Colin. Please know that I am thinking of you all frequently and sending my sympathy and prayers.

  • i was proud and lucky to have called colin a brother of local 33/327. From the moment i met Colin he always had a smile and handshake hell be deeply missed.
    My condolences to John and the entire Murphy family.