• "Dear Jean, We thank you and Dan for all the ways you..."
  • "My heartfelt condolences to Jean and all the family. May..."
    - Maria (parishioner @ Epiphany)
  • "My sincere condolences to your family. Spent many of my..."
    - Susanne Phillips (McPherson)
  • "Dan, a mentor and spiritual guide. He will be sorely missed..."
  • "Dear Jean and Family We thank The Lord for the blessings of..."
    - Debbie and Adel Salti

DANIEL PATRICK MURPHY Passed away peacefully on August 21, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife Jean (nee Rutherford) and beloved brother John and his late sister Margaret. He will be sadly missed by his children, Maureen (Gordon Drake) and their children, Rachel, Connor and Evan, son Michael and his children, Brianna, Lauryn and Ellen, daughter Sheilagh (Gordon Inglis) and their children, Matthew, Michael and Jordan, daughter Colleen (Gerard Carlse) and their children, Marise, Gehrig, Siana and Kieryn, son John (Maureen) and their children, Sean, Eric, Gillian and Andrew, daughter Kathleen (Brian Maraj) and their children, Sara, Makhanna, Danielle, Brendan, Cameron and Aliyah and son Kevin (Kathy) and their children, Claire, Emily and Carley. Born in London, England on April 10, 1928. He graduated from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and came to Canada in 1951 where he was employed by the Procter & Gamble Co. for 38 years. He married Jean in 1956 and moved to the Maritimes for 12 years, returning to Toronto in 1968. In 1974 he was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the inaugural class of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Dan served at Holy Spirit and Epiphany of Our Lord parishes in Scarborough. He served as a mentor in the Formation program as well as on a number of committees especially the Outreach program. In 1989, Dan was appointed as Director of Deacons and served in that position until 2000. Dan was the recipient of the National Association of Diaconate Directors' Philbin Award, an international award given in recognition of Dan's leadership and international collaboration within the diaconate. He also received the Papal Pro Ecclesia medal for his service from the Vatican. He retired from active ministry in 2013. Daniel will be remembered as a devoted man both to his family and his faith. He cared deeply for all those around him. His family would describe him as a wise, funny, strong and generous man. The family would like to thank all the nurses and staff who cared for him at Scarborough Birchmount Hospital. The family will receive friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue E., Agincourt (east of Kennedy Road), on Sunday from 5-9 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A prayer service will be held on Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church 3200 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough (north of Finch Avenue), on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Interment Christ The King Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to any organization working directly with the poor.

Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2014
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