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B. Patrick Murphy


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B. Patrick Murphy

March 28, 1925 - June 29, 2016



People who had the pleasure of meeting B. Patrick Murphy ("Pat") considered him to be the kindest, most generous, most inclusive person they have ever known. Pat followed Clarice, his wife of 64 years, into Eternal Life peacefully in his sleep on June 29, 2016. He was 91 years young. Pat was born in Los Angeles, the only child to Gerald and Viola Murphy, and lived for several years in Clifton, New Jersey with his Aunt Vera and Uncle Cassius Smith and his cousins, Bill, Helen and Jack. He graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles in 1943 and was immediately drafted into the US Army. During World War II, he served as a requisitions clerk, following the front lines to the Liberation of Paris. In 1949, he married the love of his life, Clarice Shimer, whom he met at St. Michael's Young People's Club at Manchester and Vermont. In 1950, Pat graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Accounting, passing his CPA exam on his first attempt and was proud to have attended USC on the GI Bill (and he continued to show his pride for the rest of his life by sporting his trademark USC cap). Over the next 19 years, Pat and Clarice were blessed with 14 children. They raised their family in Gardena and were active members of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where all of their children attended elementary school. Pat also served as treasurer at St. Anthony and was active in the Parish Guilds. He was most admired for the great love he had for his wife. Pat and Clarice loved to dance and share their love and affection with everyone. They had a trusting and joyful faith which was the cornerstone of their relationship. Pat was a founding partner of many accounting firms, eventually establishing Murphy, Murphy & Murphy with his twin sons, Pat and Mike. Mom and Dad Murphy - as they were known to all - made everyone feel welcome in their home and had a lifelong open door policy. They were also blessed with many wonderful friends whom they considered family. In addition to his devotion to his family and friends, Pat will also be remembered for his wit, playfulness, practical jokes, and charming personality. The legacy of love created by Pat and Clarice is carried on through their 14 children: Mary, Elaine, Tony, Terrie, Pat, Mike, Loretta, Tim, Martha, Sheila, Karen, Ann, Paul, Dan, their spouses, 40 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. A Rosary will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 7pm at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (1050 W. 163rd St., Gardena). A Mass in Celebration of his Life will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 4:30pm also at St. Anthony's, with receptions immediately following both services in the Church Hall. The Internment will be Thursday, July 7, 12 noon at Holy Cross Cemetery (5835 W. Slauson Ave. Culver City). In lieu of flowers please make a donation in honor of Pat Murphy to or to St. Anthony School. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from July 2 to July 4, 2016
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