Obituary of Jimmy Murphy
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James Dollar Murphy was born in Greyabbey, a small village in Northern Ireland, where his father was a police sergeant. His parents were Harry and Etta Murphy, and he had two older siblings, Gretta and Hedley.
As a young boy, the family lived in different towns in Northern Ireland before moving to Belfast in 1943. As a schoolboy and student, he enjoyed many athletic activities, including running, rowing, rugby and cricket. He also began his lifelong interest in art, and he began to paint.
Jimmy trained as an art teacher at Stranmillis College in Belfast and that led to a career in teaching at different schools, finishing as an Associate Professor in teacher training at the University of Ulster.
All of his life, Jimmy had a deep love for his Saviour, Jesus Christ. He put his trust in Jesus as a small boy, and at the age of 10 he made a strong commitment to tell others the good news about Jesus, which has been the guiding force for his life. He shared the gospel through youth camps, tent meetings, a church plant, theatre productions, radio work, the making of movies, including setting up a Christian movie website, and various other missions.
Jimmy and Ruth married in 1963 and they had two children: Jill (Jon) and Paul (Kathinka). They blessed him with five grandchildren: Kevin (Jen), Stephanie (Darrell), Ryan (Emily), Tim, and Nathan (Amanda) and five great-grandchildren: Oliver, Stanley, Edmund, Riley and Adelaide.
Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Thursday July 21, 2022, starting at 10:00am. The funeral service will follow in the chapel at 11:00am. A livestream of the service will be available at www.erbgood.com.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Ontario Pioneer Camp and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and may be arranged by contacting the Erb & Good Funeral Home at 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com.