The family of Gerald Murphy, regret to announce his passing on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital after a brief illness.
Born on February 24, 1929 in South Bar, Cape Breton, Gerald was the son of the late Joseph and Sarah (Mac Neil) Murphy.
Gerald was a devoted member of St. Alphonsus Parish in Victoria Mines until its closing, after which he was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish.
Gerald was a fixture in South Bar, living there for his entire life farming, building things in his garage and enjoying life to the fullest, all while raising six children with his cherished partner in life, Connie. If Gerald didn’t know how to build or fix something, he would just go ahead and figure out a way. He was never shy in providing advice to others or giving a helping hand to those whom he considered friends.
Gerald is survived by sons, Keith (Brenda), Courtenay, BC, Paul (Ann Marie), Edmonton, AB and Michael (Iris), South Bar; daughters, Anne Sullivan, Howie Centre and Karen MacIsaac (Roger), Amherst; son-in-law, Alan Sullivan, East Bay; grandchildren, Andrea and Marni Murphy, Erin, Doyle and Megan Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Krystal and Leah Anne Sullivan, Michael and Kelsey MacIsaac; great grandchildren, Lilly Locke and Chase Michael MacIsaac. Gerald is also survived by sisters, Mary Jane Pageot (Albert), London, ON, Michalene Simms (John Cullen), St. John’s, NL and Caroline Murphy, Toronto, ON, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Connie; son, Kevin; sisters, Patsy MacDonald, Jeanette Pottle and Marilyn Murphy, and brother, Redmond.
Visitation for the late Gerald John Murphy will be held today (Monday, November 20, 2017) at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Interment will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Victoria Mines.
Donations in memory of Gerald may be made to the Holy Redeemer Building Fund.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
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Karen and family, thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
From: Margie & Pius
So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was a wonderful man. Many conversations we had with him over the year's when we ran gj's convenience.Thouhts and prayers are with you all.
From: John and Janet Wylde
We are very saddened for your loss. Gerald was a nice man. We enjoyed going over to visit him with my Mom (Dianne Murphy). Gerald, although gone from this world will never be far from our heart.
From: Janice and Russ Degnan
Karen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. If there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to ask.
From: Shirley Leblanc
I am very saddened to hear of Gerald?s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Gerald will be sadly missed.
From: Dianne Murphy
My condolences to your family. Murph and my father were long-time friends and I will never forget all the stories the two of them told of their youth in South Bar. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Wendy Scott
From: Wendy Scott
Sorry for the loss of your brother Michalene. Sincerely Bernardine (LeBlanc) Kennedy
My sincere sympathy to you and your family at the loss of Gerald. Warm regards, Harold Pretty, Ottawa, ON
From: Harold Pretty
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Many fond memories and times spent with your Mom and Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Gerald
From: Connie and Louie Gauthier and family
I was sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. Many a Sunday afternoon was spent around the dining table playing cards. Gerald and Connie were two wonderful people. With fond memories and sincere sympathy.
From: Maggie Miller
Ann, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please extend our condolences to Crystal, Lee Ann, and the rest of your family. Love, Clarence and Johanne.
From: Clarence Currie