Herbert William (Bill) Murphy
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, H. Wm. (Bill) Murphy. After a courageous struggle with prostate cancer, and surrounded by his loving family, he passed peacefully at the West Island Palliative Care Residence on Saturday, November 24. 2012.
Born June 5,1924 in Ottawa Ont. He was the son of the late Pearl Jane Grant and Herbert William Murphy. He was predeceased by wife Estelle Marie Gauthier, son Sean William and brothers Grant and Kerry Murphy.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Sharon Murphy, Patricia (Thomas) Lynch, Michele (Carl) Mesheau, Paul (Micheline Emond) Murphy and Peter Murphy. H. William will also be greatly missed by grandchildren Shannon (Fred Castonguay) McNamara and Clancy McNamara, Stephanie (Mark Atwood) Lynch and Rachael (Peter Wuensch) Lynch, Kyle (Denee Black) Johnston and Kevin Johnston, Christopher, Ryan (Heather) and Ellen Murphy, Patrick, Liam and Ashley Murphy and Lilyanna Toth-Murphy. He also leaves behind his great- grandchildren Pierre Antoine and Matthieu Castonguay, Braeden Drysdale, Samuel and Isaac Atwood, Anna and Mila Wuensch, Lily Albert, Nathan and Gavin Mesheau, and his dear friend Annie Liffiton.
He was educated at Loyola High School, Montreal and Saint Michael's School, Toronto where he matriculated early in order to successfully train as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1945 he was scheduled to be shipped overseas but the war ended before he embarked from Halifax. Dad always joked that "the enemy heard he was on his way and called off the war."
After leaving the Air Force he moved to the United States with our mother and established residence in Bay City, Michigan. One of their first homes was in a park area with Quonset huts which was reserved for returning American Veterans. He was the only Canadian veteran in the park, but his quick wit and engaging personality rapidly earned him the label among his fellow American veterans as "Mayor of Washington Park". After 13 years in the United States as a salesman with Howe Martz Glass, Dad moved the family back to his "true home", Montreal, where he continued his career with a Consoldiated Glass Company, and finally as Vice President and General Manager of Laurentian Lanes from which he retired in 1989.
Our father was an active volunteer his entire life. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, President of the Visitation School Athletic Association, School Commissioner with the Montreal West Island School Commission, twice president of the St. Laurent/Mount Royal Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He represented this Rotary club at the association of Montreal Rotary clubs which organized the annual Telethon of Stars. He played Santa for a number of years for the mentally challenged children and he volunteered with Literacy Canada and tutored young students.
Dad loved sports, especially hockey. In the U.S. he helped to organize and played hockey with the Bay City Americans team for 10 years. At the age of 50 he joined the Dollard team with the Old Timers Hockey Association and continued to play until his 80th. birthday. During his time with the Dollard team he participated in hockey events throughout the world including numerous tournaments hosted at Charles Shultz's Snoopy arena in Santa Rosa, California. His Dollard team won gold in the Senior Olympics hosted at that arena. He also played hockey as a guest on Charles Shultz's team, the Diamond Icers, and on one memorable occasion, he was a guest player with an Old Timer's hockey team from Japan where he joked that his name on that team was "Sum Yung Guy". He became an avid cyclist throughout his sixties and seventies and participated in a total of nine Tour de l'Isle Montreal events
He lived his life based on a true Christian spirit of acceptance and tolerance. He remained a devout Catholic throughout his life and for many years attended daily mass.
While our father will be remembered by his many acquaintances and friends for his excellence as a host and guest speaker and for his unparalleled humour and generous nature, he will be best known as a good and loyal friend and neighbor, and for his role as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He always maintained that his proudest achievement in life was his six children and his main goal in life was to be a good father. His family consider themselves to be so very fortunate that he surpassed that goal. We will all miss him immensely.
There were no strangers in our father's life, only people he had not yet met.
Our family would like to thank the nurses and doctors of 3 North, Lakeshore General Hospital, particularly Dr. Richer and Dr. Andre. The family is greatly appreciative of the wonderful care given to our father by the nurses and doctors of the West Island Palliative Care Residence particularly Mea Thornsgard. We would also like to thank our father's "Romeo" friends, Bill Touchie and Bill Tyler for their friendship and support of our father.
Funeral arrangements are by Rideau Funeral Home, Cremation has taken place. Interment at Rideau Memorial Gardens. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 9:30 a.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 106A Anselme Lavigne, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec. A gift in our father's name to the West Island Palliative Care Residence in lieu of flowers will be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 27, 2012