James G. Murphy
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Jim Murphy was born in Seattle on August 23, 1929. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on June 3, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma, his 4 children, Lorrie Schlanser, Tim (Laurie) Murphy, Julie (Bob) Rice, Jay Murphy, 6 grandchildren, Colin, Caitlin, Ted, Lauren, Megan and Connor, brother Patrick Murphy and many nieces, nephews, good friends and other relatives.
He first attended Maple Leaf Elementary where he met his future wife, Norma Palmer, then St. Catherine's primary school, O'Dea High School (Class of 1947), and the University of Washington Executive Development Course.
He was a long standing member of the Serra Club, the Knights of Columbus (Fourth Degree Knight) and Crosier Society. For over 30 years he was the principal auctioneer and lifetime member of the PONCHO organization. In addition to the PONCHO auction, Jim was responsible for starting many fund raising events, some as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. Jim spent many hours supporting programs for the homeless. He worked closely with Father Richard Stohr during the startup of the Lazarus Day Center. He was one of the founding members of the St. Martins Programs Advisory Board. He also served on the Catholic Community Service board and fund raising committee. Jim was a valued member of Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonds, serving on the School Board, Parish Council and Finance Commission.
He was president of the Washington Auctioneers Association, the National Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association Foundation. In 2000 he was inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame in Overland Park, Kansas. He served on the board of several financial institutions and was the founding member of the American National Bank in Edmonds (now US Bank). In 1970, Jim, with his wife Norma, founded the James G. Murphy Company, Auctioneers. In 1990 Jim turned the business over to his son, Tim and daughter, Julie. Jim, however, remained active in the business until he conducted his last auction on April 24, 2012.
Jim was raised in Seattle but moved to Edmonds in 1953 where he spent the rest of his life with his wife Norma. Jim was kind, thoughtful and generous. He was admired and respected by everyone he encountered. Even at the end of his life he was giving gifts to the hospital staff and writing thank you notes to his doctors.
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. Especially, Dr. Yi and Dr. Timothy Roddy.
Rosary and Funeral Mass were held Friday, June 8th at Holy Rosary Church in Edmonds.
Remembrances may be made to Sno-King Serra or St. Martins Programs, PO Box 504, Edmonds, WA 98020.
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Published in The Seattle Times from June 6 to June 10, 2012