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Michael J. Murphy

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Michael J. Murphy

Michael J. Murphy, 60, walked into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 11, 2006.

He was the precious husband of Tampa (nee Lann); adoring father of Shannon (Mike, deceased) and Ryan; cherished brother of Pat (Margot) and Alison (Doug); grandfather of Nathan, Brandon, Brittany, Kyle, and Colin; treasured friend of many, and preceded in death by parents, Jim and Mary, and daughter, Erin.

Mike was born in Aurora, Ill., an honor-roll student, gifted athlete, and already accomplished musician throughout high school and college; enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served as staff instructor at U.S. Navy School of Music, and was recipient of the prestigious American Spirit and Honor Medal.

Mike was a professional musician in both Chicago and Los Angeles as a studio drummer, jingle producer, educator, live performer, and manufacturer (Director of Operations for Drum Workshop). He toured five years with the Grammy Award-winning band CHICAGO as drum and computer technician, bridging the gap into digital technology, developing protocol for use of sequencing in live performance; executing the same for Yanni and Manhattan Transfer. Mike was most honored to be the drummer for the multi-award-winning BEE GEES, supporting their 1989 "One For All" world tour.

As a devoted husband, Mike moved to Cleveland in 1994, to support his wife as caregiver for her Alzheimer-stricken mom. With his vast industry experience, he became a successful custom integrator of audio, video, lighting, and security systems for many elegant northeast Ohio homes, as well as sound reinforcement for concert halls, stadiums, arenas, museums, medical facilities, and many local churches, including Parkside Church and, most recently, his own Hudson Community Chapel.

However, most importantly, Mike professed faith in Jesus Christ and used his talents, with excellence and joy, to lead others into worship every Sunday from behind the drums -- a workman approved by God.

Mike had just retired as project manager and professional audio and systems integration engineer for the prestigious NETEAM AVI to begin full-time ministry position as director of media and production at Hudson Community Chapel.

Mike's burial will be at Knollwood Cemetery in Mayfield Heights on Tuesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m., for family and friends. There will be a memorial celebration service on Wednesday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m., at Hudson Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, Ohio. (REDMON, STOW, 330-688-6631.)

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2006
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