Event honours life of the late Don Murphy

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Ted Murphy talks about his younger brother, Don Murphy, during an event entitled “Celebrating Murph” on Friday.

The life of Don Murphy, a broadcast journalism instructor at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, was remembered with an event on Friday afternoon entitled “Celebrating Murph.”

Ted Murphy, older brother of “Murph,” as he was affectionately known, said the event was emotional and gratifying to see how much Don was loved and appreciated at the college for his work with students and the community.

He said the Murphy family is very proud the college chose to honour Don with a bursary in his name. The family members kicked it all off with a donation of $10,000 from his six siblings, who in addition to Ted include Elizabeth Crawford, Marie Armstrong, Carmelita Porter, Clare Murphy and Gerard Murphy.

Ted said their parents, who have both passed, would be very proud to hear the tribute to Don that was made by his “west coast family.” He said his dad, Ted, was a great volunteer and believed in community, so he would be especially elated with his son being honoured. College representatives talking about the love and respect that people had for Don would have also made his mother, Betty, very proud, Ted said.

He said more than $500 has already been donated in Murph’s memory to the Janeway Children’s Hospital. Other funds were also donated to Operation Smile, a program to bring a smile to a child’s face in a developing country.

“We all know about Don’s smile,” said Ted.

“As much as Don helped you, I’m sure you helped him as well,” he added to those in attendance.

Don Murphy passed away at home on Nov. 26, 2013, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer at the age of 53.

Jeff Ducharme, a fellow journalism instructor, talked about establishing the scholarship, and expressed great appreciation to Don’s family for kicking it off with their donation.

Ducharme said Don always cared about his students, and he’d do many small things for them to help improve their lives.

Frank Carroll, another fellow journalism instructor, said Don was a behind-the-scenes type of guy, which was evidenced in the many years that he broadcast the Bay St. George Sick Children’s Foundation telethon.

“In life it’s these small gestures that help people, and all these acts of kindness add up to one big heart,” Carroll said.

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Operation Smile

Geographic location: Stephenville, Janeway Children

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