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Thomas Matthew Murphy

April 3, 1932 - April 8, 2021


t is with great sadness that we announce
the passing of Tom on Thursday April 8, 2021
in Nelson, B.C. Tom was blessed to slip away
peacefully and quietly in his own home.
Born on April 3, 1932 in Kimberley, B.C. to Agnes
and Thomas Murphy.
One of Tom’s greatest joys was swimming, for
which he was well known. In 1955, at the age of
23, he swam 22 miles of the treacherous length
of Kootenay Lake’s West Arm from Proctor to
Nelson in just over 12 hours.
His love of traveling with his wife, Marie, took
them to a variety of destinations near and far.
Canoeing on Kootenay Lake with his children
filled in many of his precious recreation hours
as well the many years he spent creating
stunning rock wall terraces on his property
on Kootenay Lake. His children all talented
in different art mediums, inherited by Tom’s
passion for painting landscapes. All of these
qualities were shadowed by the impression
everyone immediately got from Tom and that
was his unique sense of humour and his ability
to turn a mundane event into an entertaining
Tom worked as a firefighter in Nelson and was
recently honored for his heroism in rescuing
3 young boys from the roof of the burning
Strathcona hotel in 1955. He then worked in
mining underground in the Bluebell Mine
in Riondel and finally at the Sullivan Mine in
Kimberley where he retired. Through his health
challenges with COPD, he found comfort in
his devotion to God, and appreciated the
connection with the Catholic Church. He
continued to have a crusty sense of humour
throughout his challenging days, and became
quite a chef serving pork roasts, and steaks to
his family.
Tom is predeceased by his loving wife, Marie,
his son Tom Junior, and his sister Patricia
Tom is survived and dearly missed by his
four daughters, Shannon Murphy, Jo-Anne
Wajer (Tom), Pam Murphy and Erin Murphy
(Jim Upchurch), four grandchildren, Charles
and Michelle Ratcliffe and Chloe and Everett
Smith and his brothers John and Jim, his sister
Kathleen and Don Lawson and many nieces
and nephews.
The family wishes to offer their deep gratitude
to his niece Tina Coletti for her loving care,
his close friend Anne Harris, along with his
neighbours and friends Cathy and Brad
McIntosh, Nurse Practitioner Amanda Ames,
the Nurses and Pharmacy staff at the Nelson
Medical clinic, Dr. Cochrane, and Dr. Malpass,
Val Aimes, and the Interior Health Community
Care team; all of whom deeply cared for him
and enjoyed his great sense of humour which
he never lost. You all contributed to Tom’s wish
of being able to stay at home.
In Lieu of flowers, the family welcomes
donations to a charity that helps children,
which was Tom’s and Marie’s passion.
The funeral, due to Covid 19 was held for family
at the Nelson cemetery on April 15, 2021.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Patrick McLaughlin (PJ)
Relation: Nephew

RIP Uncle Tom. Every moment I had to share with you I will cherish forever. Loved your sense of humour, and your John Wayne voice. Love You: PJ

From: Franco Falcone
Relation: Friends

Condolences to all the Murphy family. Grew up with the Murphys in Kimberley and have fond memories of the Rotary Drive crew. RIP Tom .

From: Jane Leeming
Relation: Wife of Tom's nephew, Jim Thast

Dear Joanne, Pam, Shannon and Erin,
We’re very sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy and before Covid, we enjoyed many family dinners with him at our house. He always had interesting stories to tell! We loved Tom and will miss him a great deal.
Thinking of you all,
Jim and Jane

From: Shauna (Trainor) Eggers
Relation: good family friend

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, but I know he is reunited with his soul mate Marie and I bet he is having a fine visit with my Dad too, as they were thick as thieves after Marie was gone. Dad would either call Tom or Tom would pop by to check up on Dad daily, and they would each answer..OK..good.. you are still above ground..just checking….such a sweet, witty, caring, fine man. I recall decades ago getting to spend some time at the summer cabin with Shannon and family and it was always fun and there was always laughter. Those Irish eyes were always smiling and he will be missed but is now “home” . Love and light and sympathy to all the family…RIP Mr. Murphy

From: Florence Catalano Carenza
Relation: Cousin

Deepest condolences from cousin Florence Catalano Carenza and family.

From: Norma Buttignol
Relation: friend

To the Murphy family,
My sincere condolence to you all at Tom’s passing. Tom and Marie were my neighbours on Rotary Drive for many years and were a great family.
With sincere sympathy, Norma Buttignol & family.

From: Ingeburg Borowski
Relation: Friend

I am so sorry to hear of Toms passing. I Met him and Marie 1957 when my family moved to Riondel. Tom was my dearest friend and we had the most wonderful talks about God and the world. My sincere condolence to his family, especially Shannon. Inge (Hamburg)

From: Dave Harris
Relation: Friend of my Mother

I always enjoyed visiting with Tom and enjoying his stories and experiences. A great friend to my Mother. A quality man who will be missed.

From: Karin Owens Boothroyd
Relation: Friend.

Condolences from Karin Owens Boothroyd of Victoria and Chuck Owens of Trail. We will always have fond memories of Tom working with the men and Chief Owens at the Nelson Fire Hall. He was a great guy.

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