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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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From: Mike k Ackert
Relation: Work partner at Comino and Marie went to school with my father in Nelson.

Sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. I had called Tom a month ago and had a great conversation, catching up on family, his health (not Good) and general BS. His dry sense of humour was with him right until the end. I am happy to say that Tom was a great work partner, he was the hoist operator and I the skip tender at the Sullivan Mine for 2 years and considered him a good friend away from work. R I P Tom.

From: Deborah McGovern
Relation: Niece

I want to send condolences to family (cousins Joanne, Shannon, Pam, Erin and grand kids). Sorry to hear of your great loss. I always enjoyed the visits with your dad and mom over the years. My family always enjoyed our trips to Kootenay Bay as children. Rest in peace uncle Tom.

From: Monica McGovern
Relation: Niece

I was sorry to hear of uncle Tom’s passing. Uncle Tom and Aunt Marie were my godparents. As a child I had great memories of visits, picnics and family reunions at Kootenay Bay. I always enjoyed our chats over the years and my grand daughter Chinaka was especially impressed as Tom took the time to share stories with her on her birthday one visit. Sending sincere condolences to all the family.

From: Rhonda (Jackson) Brass

Pam, Shannon, Erin and Families, I have some special memories of your father and mother from years ago in Kimberley and Crawford Bay areas. My sympathy to you all. Sincerely Rhonda (Jackson) Brass- Crankbrook, BC

From: Linda and Rick Cameron
Relation: Friends (daughter & son-in-law of Tom’s friend Anne)

Our condolences to all of the family. We enjoyed seeing Tom when we would come to Nelson to visit mom. Tom was an interesting member of the Sunday morning group at Amanda’s Restaurant or elsewhere. We are grateful that Tom was such a helpful, caring friend to mom. He will be greatly missed.

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