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Martin Payne Murphy

January 15, 1926 - November 28, 2019

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Martin Payne Murphy Jr.

Martin passed away in his 93rd year on November 28, 2019 at Sunnybrook’s Veterans Centre.

He leaves behind his five sons, Blake (Janet), Kim (late Jane), Guy (Sharon), Todd (Lillian), Sean (Renee), 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and his brother Ross (Chris).  He was pre-deceased his wife Jane, a special person whom he lost too early and held a special place in his heart and by his brother John (late Connie).

Martin was an engaged citizen as a WWII Canadian Navy military veteran; an athlete in football, hockey, golf, tennis; a student at U of T in Engineering and a Bell Canada business executive.  He had a warm and engaging personality that endeared him to many and earned him life-long friendships.  He was always curious, interested in you, saw the good in others, and trusted people.

He grew up in Montreal and Toronto and following his teen years’ military service on convoy escort in the North Atlantic, he was committed to getting educated by finishing high school and then university; getting married; establishing a career; and raising five boys.  Martin lived his life in the present and did not dwell on the past.  His leisure time passions were golfing at Lambton, reading the newspaper and vacationing in Sea Island, Georgia in his working years and Bermuda in retirement.  He, Jane and their clan had many great years hosting and visiting friends and their families; these often becoming annual events.

While there were challenges along the way to life and limb, good fortune and his unfailing positive outlook always helped him to meet another day.  Dementia was his final challenge that ultimately prevailed.  A note of thanks to son Guy and his family, and all the people who supported him as his dementia advanced over the recent years. He was well served at Regency Retirement Living and the Sunnybrook Veterans K3E team who provided excellent care over the past year, as his needs increased.

A celebration of life will be held in the New Year.

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