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Obituary of James Murphy

James Edgar Murphy passed away on July 20, 2014 after declining health for the past year.

A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tue., July 29 at St. Canice Catholic Church, 317 Washington St., Nevada City, CA.

Jim was born Nov. 6, 1926 in Denver, Colo. to Bertha (Betty) and Thomas R. Murphy.

His family came to Calif. in 1928, residing in Redwood City. He was a graduate of Sequoia High School, class of 1944, where he excelled in basketball, football and baseball. He attended College of San Mateo for one year. He then served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1945-1947, working as a Signalman.

After the war ended, he pursued a baseball career signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers to play in the minor leagues. He married Charlotte Bullivant at Mt. Carmel Church in RWC in 1950, having known her much of his life as she was best friends with his “kid sister.” Together, they raised, nurtured and loved four children, Michael, Pamela, Patricia and Kathleen.

His children remember him as an involved father who taught them sports and many other activities such as camping, fishing and swimming. He went to mass every Sunday with his family followed by breakfast and sharing pages of the Sunday paper. His wife, Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly in 1992, just three years after they had retired.

Jim was very proud of his long standing career with Pacific, Gas & Electric Co. He began in the Electric Dept. as a Lineman, then was promoted to Foreman and Troubleshooter. He made many friends at PG&E as he was easy going and likable, and kept in contact with those friends over the years. He served his Catholic faith as an Usher, both at St. Pius Church in RWC and St. Canice Church in Nevada City. When Charlotte passed away, he began volunteering at St. Canice’s Food Pantry to keep himself busy. This turned into a weekly event he never missed and really looked forward to. All his life, Jim was an avid golfer, starting when he was a young teen employed as a caddy. He was a member of the Lake Wildwood Club and Golf Association. He loved watching sports and his interest in playing sports and being a spectator influenced his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as they, too, followed in his footsteps.

He found happiness in marriage a second time, as he married Joan Singleton Murphy, although after 14 years, she became ill and passed away.

Jim is survived by not only his children, but by his grandchildren, Geoff (Nicole), Kevin (Holly), Ed, Holly (Derek), Ashley (Christopher) and Garrett. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Keegan, Zoey, Blake and Rehane and by his sisters-in-law, Vertis DiTrapani, Pat Bullivant and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents and his brother, Bob, and a sister, Shirley (Malcolm).

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