It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the sudden passing of Bruce Thomas Murphy at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Center on April 10, 2020 at the age of 71 years. He was predeased by his parents Frank and Susie Murphy, sisters June Jewer, Lorraine Eggum and Shirley Murphy. After 46 years of marriage left to mourn are his wife Mary and daughters Kerry Lynn (Duane Greene), Tanya (Darren Austin) and Cathy (Chris Ellis) as well as his pride and joy his four grandsons Scottie, Joey, Parker and Anderson. Left with fond and loving memories are his siblings who were dear to his heart, brothers Roland (Joan), Glen (Georgina) and Scott (Bernadette); sisters Evelyn (Cliff Thomas), Ruby (George Legge) and Linda (Bill Elliott). Also a large circle of family and friends.
Bruce was a hardworking man who worked for 42 years solely providing for his family at Abitibi Price in Grand Falls-Windsor. He retired from the mill in 2009.
“Faith, hope and love are the good things he gave us but the greatest is love”
- Alan Jackson
Bruce was a talented songwriter, musician and an artist. He was so humble but loved to share his talent with the ones he cared for most. He loved country music and used it as an analogy for life. His favorites were Willie, Kris and Merle he loved Alan Jackson and John Prine and many others who influenced him daily.
His wife and the love of his life Mary also learned to love country music. They were known for their karaoke duets and old fashioned waltz. They were a great example of love for their family and together they were magic.
After his retirement hockey became an important part of his life. He gained grandsons who learned to love the game as he did. He watched his first grandson go through the minor, provincial and major junior hockey rankings following and cheering him all the way. He seen Scottie through some of his proudest and hardest days. He travelled this province from east to west following Joey and Parker in snow and rain and never once complained only to say “ that’s my grandson”. Both him and Mary became a part of every team.
He was the voice behind every game and tournament at the Pat O’Reilly Stadium the “Pat” as he liked to call it. He announced some great games of hockey at the rink and enjoyed everyone.
The family would like to thank the first reposnders and emergency staff at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Center for their professionalism and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bruce’s memory to the Bishop’s Falls Minor Hockey Association c/o Hoskins Funeral Home, P.O. Box 189, 527 Main Street, Bishop's Falls, NL A0H 1C0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
At his request cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date.