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September 27, 2017
Remembering Pat Murphy

Losing a lifelong friend is losing a part of yourself. I knew Pat Murphy from high school on. I shared his happiness when he married Marlies and again when they adopted Julia and Kevin. We last saw him in 2015 when they were in the process of selling their house. He seemed in good spirits and was looking forward to the move. Sad to think that since then we've lost Marlies and now Pat.

I especially remember two great trips I took with Pat. One was to hitchhike from Milwaukee to New Orleans, with a side trip to Dallas in the summer of 1961. This was a time of great unrest in the South with so-called freedom riders getting beaten up and buses burnt. We breezily told folks who picked us up that we weren't freedom riders but we did ride for free. Most people who picked us up were friendly enough though a few quickly dropped us off when they found out we were from the North. The last ride we got coming back home took us two blocks from my home in Milwaukee and the driver told us that the Schlitz brewery was hiring the next day. We showed up early and got summer jobs. A perfect end to the trip.

The other trip was even more momentous. In the fall of 1963 Pat offered to drive me to Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. Our plan was to drop off my stuff and then continue on to Long Island to visit Janet, a mutual Milwaukee friend, who had just started a teaching job at Northport. We arrived to find she had her live-in boyfriend there for the weekend (a tremendous shock to our Catholic sensibilities) so we switched our attention to her roommate, Margaret McKee. She proved to be pretty, intelligent, gentle, and fun. After 53 years of marriage, I still feel lucky that Janet was otherwise occupied.

So thank you to Patrick for two memorable trips and a lot of fun and foolishness along the way.

Brian Hendley
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
September 24, 2017
Pat was a member of our Hospice Spouse Support Group. I met him last fall after he lost his wife. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Gail Bree