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Dr. John Preston Murphy

MURPHY, Dr. John Preston - With family by his side, Dr. John Murphy died at St. Joseph's Hospice on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Ellen (nee Comiskey). Loving father of Michael Murphy & his wife Patti, Arizona, Kevin Murphy, Seattle, Denis Murphy, Toronto and Elizabeth Murphy & her husband Dr. Jerome Levesque, Mississauga. Cherished grandfather of Audrey, Kate & Nicole Levesque. Dear brother of Rickard Murphy, Quebec, and brother-in-law Fredrick Comiskey & his wife Gita, Troy, Michigan and sister-in-law Linda Krispin & her husband Larry, Union Lake, Michigan. Predeceased by his parents Hugh & Barbara Murphy, brothers Wendy, Marcel, Claude & Frances, sister Margaret Mitchell and his parents-in-law Fred & Thelma Comiskey and brother-in-law James Comiskey. John graduated with a Degree in science from St. Francis Xavier University in 1953; he went on to the University of Ottawa Medical School and graduated in 1959. Specializing in Internal Medicine, he completed a Residency from the University of Michigan in 1964 and received his Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1966. He joined Carruther's Clinic in 1964 and worked at both Sarnia General and St. Joseph's Hospital sites as well as Bluewater Health where he served on many hospital committees and was instrumental in the creation of the intensive care and cardiac care units. His many hours of hard work were greatly appreciated by both patients and staff. Due to a hearing impairment he decided to retire in 2007. However, working from home, he continued to read EKG's for Life Labs and serve on various hospital committees. Growing up in the Laurentian Mts. of Quebec, he was an avid downhill skier and later enjoyed cross country skiing. He also enjoyed watching professional tennis and golf tournaments and, upon retirement, seemed to further enjoy the 'frustrations' of golf with a good friend. His favorite pastime was learning and he continued to read current medical literature with a passion. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE , 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. A Memorial Service to honour John will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel immediately following visitation on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Private family interment will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, Cardiology Department, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia, N7T 6S3 or the St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com13125084
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Posted by Terry & Wayne Rankin (Friend) On Saturday, December 17, 2016
Ellen, So sorry to hear of John's passing. You and he welcomed us so warmly to Sarnia, something we will never forget, and I know that he was a pleasure to work with at Carruthers. All our sympathies to you and your children.
Posted by Dr.Donald Waugh (Colleague) On Thursday, December 15, 2016
I practiced in Sarnia with John in the late 60's and 70's. He was an excellent diagnostician and provided outstanding consultations. He was a very humble Physician and I was blessed to have practiced with hime.

My sympathy goes out to his family.

Posted by Mark Johnson (aquaintance) On Thursday, December 15, 2016
I got to know Dr. Murphy at Ironworks gym. He was a very friendly man ,very kind spirit. Due to a medical condition I was dealing with he would educate me and instill confidence in the upcoming procedure I would endure. I never felt rushed in any way when talking with him. I greatly admired this man as he would tell me of his past education and years of dedication in the Sarnia hospitals.He will be missed at the gym. rest easy Dr. John Murphy.
Posted by Michael Brajac (family friend) On Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Our condolences to the Murphy family. He was a good friend, partner, and finally Doctor to my father. One of the last of a generation of Doctors that served Sarnia so well from the 60's through to the turn of the century.

Michael Brajac and family

Posted by Colleen Donohue (family friend) On Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Condolences to Ellen, all of the Murphys and LevesquES. Dr. Murphy looked after my parents when they retired in Sarnia. Just the mention of his name brought them great comfort during a health crisis. They felt they were in the best possible hands when Dr. Murphy was in charge of their care. And so did the rest of the family.

I can only imagine how much John will be missed.l

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