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William Charles Murphy

February 5, 2010

MURPHY; WILLIAM CHARLES (Bill) passed away February 5th, 2010 . Well-known Nelsonite, Bill Murphy passed away February 5th 2010 at age 88. Bill was born in Edmonton, October 22, 1921 and was raised in Camrose, Alberta. During the war he joined the Airforce and was trained as a navigator for Mosquito bombers. At the end of the war he attended The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Upon graduation he and Mary were wed and traveled west, settling in Nelson and residing here since 1949. Upon arriving they became parishioners of the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, with Bill becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill served the community for 27 years as a Chiropractor .He took great pride in his profession, and helped many people in the community and surrounding area improve their quality of life with his care. His passion for the outdoors, the mountains and Kootenay Lake saw him involved in many activities. He was very committed to developing and supporting the Silver King Ski Club, working on the annual boat regatta, and speaking up with conviction about environmental issues that he believed needed to be addressed, such as the continuous fly-ash production from the beehive burner of Kootenay Forest Products to the burning of the diesel ponds at the CPR. With retirement at age 54, Bill?s adventure to really see the world began. Early in his retirement he manifested his adventurous spirit by making several lengthy sailing voyages on his 27? Buccaneer sailboat the? Halloo.? He navigated a return trip along the west coast to Glacier Bay in Alaska, sailed to the Queen Charlotte Islands and throughout the Gulf Islands with various family members and friends assisting him as crew. Bill, with his wife Mary, explored 66 countries in their many years of retirement. Bill embraced any opportunity to try something new and different, whether it was hang gliding, back country ski- touring, rafting, or eating strange and unusual foods. Among many great qualities Bill will be remembered for being enthusiastic, curious, stubborn, creative, determined and generous. He had a big heart and sincerely cared about others reflected in his quiet sensitivity. Bill loved a good time, whether it was, in his ?official? capacity as Commodore of the West Mosby Volunteers or enjoying friends and family on the various family sailboats, the Nomad, Blue Falcon or the Halloo. Even brush cutting at the old Silver King ski hill was a social event. Bill loved people, had a great sense of humor and was able to create an atmosphere at occasions that enabled others to enjoy themselves. He loved to share his varieties of homemade beer and was always hospitable to whomever dropped by. His creativity manifested itself in many ways, from wood- carving, sand painting, to inventions and construction. His last major creative project was to build a new summer cabin at age 78. Bill was always a gentleman, and it was noticed by many that he maintained his gentlemanly composure throughout his past eight years coping with Parkinson?s disease. He gave us the gift of his love and support and he will be deeply missed by his surviving family members, his wife Mary, sons, Bob and Dick, daughter Kathy (Phil) Murphy Lyall, and his grandchildren, Colleen, Kaitlan and Robert Murphy and Drew Lyall. A Celebration of Bill?s life was held February 12, 2010 at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate and a reception followed Interment.

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