Donald R. Murphy Sr., 72: Longtime car racing fan

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ARUNDEL — Donald R. Murphy Sr., 72, formerly of Portland, died Jan. 29 at his daughter’s home while battling cancer.

The son of Evelyn Griffin and Hilton Murphy of Portland, he was born in Rockland on March 2, 1938.

For many years he worked as an auto body technician.

A longtime fan of car racing, he built and raced his own cars at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough when he was younger and enjoyed watching NASCAR races.

He also enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends.

His sister, Laura Walton, predeceased him.

He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Stone of Westbrook, and Florence Michaud of Florida; three daughters, Cindy Sidelinger, Sandra Nguyen, and Sue Curry, and one son, Donald R. Murphy, Jr.; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Funeral Alternatives.

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