Sean Murphy, the well-known Island attorney and Edgartown town meeting moderator, died Friday night after battling cancer.
Edgartown town administrator James Hagerty confirmed Mr. Murphy’s death Saturday.
Mr. Murphy was a familiar figure on the Island and had practiced law in Edgartown for many years, representing a wide array of clients and frequently appearing before local land use boards.
He was elected moderator in 2018 after longtime moderator Jeff Norton had decided to retire.
He conceded at the time that he had big shoes to fill.
“Literally, and figuratively,” he told the Gazette that year. “I’m going to run it the same way Mr. Norton ran it for all these years. I don’t plan to change anything.”
Last year he presided over town meeting outdoors at the Edgartown School due to the pandemic, in late spring.
Town meeting will be held similarly this year late next month.
There was no immediate statement from the town Saturday; Mr. Hagerty said selectmen will discuss the matter at their meeting Monday.