November 24, 1922 – August 23, 2010
Dr. Vincent J. Murphy, beloved husband of Marion (Mayo) Murphy, of Calgary passed away on Monday, August 23rd, 2010 at the age of 87 years.
Vincent J. Murphy was born in Castor, Alberta where he was raised on the family farm. After completing school he began an apprenticeship as a pharmacist. When war broke out his brother, Tommy enlisted in the Air-Force. Vincent joined soon after and became a navigator in the RAF, Path Finder squadron #35. In June of 1944 his plane was shot down over enemy lines. He survived but spent the remainder of the war a P.O.W. residing in Stalag Luft III where he made many life-long friends.
Upon returning home Vincent attended the University of Alberta Medical School and completed his internship at the Holy Cross hospital in Calgary. He later specialized in Orthopedics interning at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. V.J. Murphy returned to Calgary joining the Associate Clinic in 1957 where he practised as an Orthopedic Surgeon until 1993. He continued to work in a consulting capacity until 2007. In 1957 he began his 51 year tenure as a Doctor for the Stampeders – a role he relished. He worked with the team, through all the highs and lows, until 2008. In recognition of his commitment he was awarded the Art Evans Memorial Award and is a member of the Stampeders Wall of Fame. Even during recent ill health he followed the progress of his beloved team and was ecstatic at the results of the 2010 season. Vince loved to golf. A member of the Willow Park Golf Club since 1965, he enjoyed many vacations with his golf buddies. He also enjoyed frequent trips abroad, cross-country & downhill skiing, gardening and spending time with his family, friends and P.O.W. buddies.
Vincent is survived by his beloved wife Mayo, daughter Shauna, sons Glyn and Tom, grandsons Chris and Ian, and cherished great-grandchildren Ava, Wesley, and Eli. He was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Claire and brothers; Gerry, Tommy and James.
A private family service has been held. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, please consider making a donation directly to the Poppy Fund, #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, Telephone: (403) 265-6304. calgarypoppyfund.com
In living memory of Vincent J. Murphy, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences