Peter Raymond Murphy

29 Nov 1933 – 26 Jan 2016

Peter was born in Melbourne, Australia, the youngest of six children. His father, Ernest fought in and survived WWI, returning to a career as a wool buyer in Australia. Peter followed his father into the wool business, married Margaret Hussey, and had three children. Life was good. Tragically, Margaret died from cancer at age 33. Peter raised their children alone for several years before meeting Canadian widow, Joanne Wells who was traveling in Australia with her three young children.

Although they met at a BBQ just days before she was to return to Canada, Peter packed up his children, left his secure career, and followed Joanne to North Vancouver where they married in 1973 and began the task of raising a family of six children. As there are no opportunities for successful wool buyers in Canada, Peter bounced around trying to find a job to support the full house, finally settling into painting and floor laying. Once the last child left home, Peter and Joanne moved to their dream home on Denman Island, where their many children and Grand children congregated to play and be loved. Weddings, Christmases, and many birthdays were celebrated there. Eventually moving to The Comox Valley to live their final years among family and friends, Peter loved golfing and going to 888 Wing to be with his mates, volunteering at the airport, and meeting new friends in the Probus club.

On Australia Day, just 16 days after the death of Joanne, Peter passed away in his home, looking out over the ocean, surrounded by family.

They are now together forever. No more suffering.

Go in loving peace Dad, your love is with us all. Forever.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to accommodate family from Australia


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