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Obituary of Cornelius Patrick Murphy

In Loving Memory of Cornelius (Neil) Patrick Murphy


May 28, 1931 – August 12, 2023


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cornelius Patrick Murphy, affectionately known as Neil, on August 12, 2023, peacefully surrounded by his loving family in Cranbrook, BC, Canada. Neil was born on May 28, 1931, in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and his journey through life was marked by determination, resilience, and a deep love for his family and community.

Neil's early years were rooted in hard work and service. After honing his skills in potato farming in Scotland, he answered the call to serve his country and joined the army, where he displayed his commitment to duty and honor. In 1952, Neil set his sights on new horizons and crossed the Atlantic to Canada, a land where he would eventually lay down roots and forge a legacy.

It was in Canada that Neil's life truly began to flourish. His marriage with Patricia Murphy in 1958, altered the course of his life that would shape the rest of his days, this led to a beautiful partnership that bore witness to the birth of five children: James, Carolyn, Cornelius, Keith, and Stephen. Neil's dedication to his role as a loving devoted father was unwavering, and his children were the living testament to his love, guidance, and support.

A true entrepreneur at heart, Neil's ventures in the food and beverage industry showcased his sharp business acumen and unrelenting work ethic. There were years when he would accumulate over 100,000 miles on a car, a testament to his tireless pursuit of success. While still making time for his passion of singing. Neil's contributions to his community were equally remarkable. When he made his home in Cranbrook, BC, in 2003, he wasted no time in leaving an indelible mark. He founded the local tennis club, indulged in his passion for swimming, sponsored many through his 23 years of sobriety, and fostered lasting friendships that enriched the lives of all who knew him.

Friendship was a cornerstone of Neil's existence, and he effortlessly cultivated bonds with everyone he met. His warm smile, genuine interest in others, and willingness to lend a helping hand created a sense of belonging for all who knew him. Neil's impact extended beyond his immediate family – he was a friend, mentor, and role model to many that will remember him.

In addition to his impressive achievements, Neil found immeasurable joy in being a doting grandfather to ten cherished grandchildren: Heather, Alexandra, Kathleen, Nicholas, Jack, Catherine, Shannon, William, Lauren, and Thomas. His boundless love, playful spirit, and enduring wisdom left an indelible impression on each of them, ensuring that his legacy lives on through the generations he touched.

As we bid farewell to Cornelius Patrick Murphy, we celebrate a life well-lived. His legacy of love, resilience, and community spirit will forever inspire us to embrace life with open hearts and a spirit of adventure. Neil's memory will remain etched in our hearts, and his spirit will continue to resonate in the places and people he touched.

A celebration of Neil's life will be held on August 25, 2023, at 2pm in Cranbrook, BC at the McPherson Funeral Home. We invite everyone to join us in Neil's honor.

Rest in peace, Neil. Your journey continues in the hearts of those who love you.