MUR­PHY, Charles ‘Breton’

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Breton was born in Glace Bay, N.S., Fe­bru­ary 23, 1973 and passed on Fe­bru­ary 21, 2017. He grew up in Big Pond, NS.

Through­out his life he spent as much time as he could in Glace Bay and Mar­ga­ree with his fam­ily. It was at Cape Breton Bi­ble Camp that Breton made his most im­por­tant de­ci­sion to fol­low Je­sus Christ as his per­sonal Sav­ior. He lived wholeheartedly for Him from that day for­ward. Af­ter high school, Breton went to On­tario Bi­ble Col­lege (now Tyn­dale Univer­sity) where he met the love of his life, Mary Jane. They were mar­ried two years later and lived in Dart­mouth, NS.

Breton was all about serv­ing peo­ple, whether while driv­ing a truck as his oc­cu­pa­tion was, or in full time min­istry.

Early in their mar­ried life he and Mary Jane spent a year and a half liv­ing in New Hamp­shire at His Man­sion Min­istries, help­ing hurt­ing young peo­ple deal­ing with var­i­ous life chal­lenges. Af­ter that sea­son they re­turned to Dart­mouth where Breton re­turned to driv­ing truck as his oc­cu­pa­tion. Af­ter the birth of his two chil­dren, James and Katie, he joined the Vil­lage Mis­sions – a church plant­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion - and took the fam­ily to ‘the Wild Wild West’ for an ad­ven­ture in train­ing for the min­istry. Breton en­joyed his most en­cour­ag­ing year of min­istry at the Gar­ring­ton Com­mu­nity Church in Al­berta. Af­ter that year, they moved to Mid­dle Stewiacke, Nova Sco­tia and pa­s­tored Coun­try­side Com­mu­nity Church for eight years. Fol­low­ing their time of faith­ful ser­vice there the pull back to his pre­cious Cape Breton could no longer be de­nied, and in 2013, he packed up his fam­ily and moved back to Glace Bay.

Breton loved snow­mo­bil­ing, hunt­ing, fish­ing, and driv­ing trucks (which started at a young age with Tonkas). But most of all, he loved spend­ing time with his fam­ily. His chil­dren, James and Katie, were his joy!

Breton was a man who loved his Lord and Sav­ior. He was pas­sion­ate about the Word of God and was will­ing to present it when­ever he could. He lived out what he be­lieved and was an ex­am­ple of Christ to all he met. His heart’s cry un­til his last day was for each in­di­vid­ual in his fam­ily to know and love the Lord Je­sus Christ as their Sav­ior.

Af­ter a valiant bat­tle for a year against a rare form of cancer, Breton went home to be with his Sav­ior sur­rounded by his fam­ily.

He is sur­vived by wife, Mary Jane; son, his ‘buddy’ James; daugh­ter, his ‘princess’, Katie; mother, Dar­lene (Shaw) Mur­phy; sis­ters, Bobbi Jean (David Fletcher) Mur­phy, Ger­a­lyn (Aaron Brown) Mur­phy, San­dra (Chris Kerr) Ma­cLean, Amanda (Scotty) Camp­bell; fa­ther, Bob Mur­phy; grand­fa­thers, Michael Ma­cLean and John Mur­phy; neph­ews, nieces and many aunts, un­cles and cousins, in­clud­ing his Un­cle Grant Shaw who was like a big brother to him.

He is pre­de­ceased by fa­ther, Michael Ma­cLean; ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Ger­ald and Jean (MacKay) Shaw, who were like par­ents to him; pa­ter­nal grand­moth­ers, Frances (Kea­gan) Ma­cLean and Ber­nadette (MacNeil) Mur­phy.

While Breton loved Cape Breton, he is now in the real ‘Prom­ise Land’ with His Lord and Sav­ior and is still ask­ing as many that will hear to join him in Par­adise!

The fam­ily is so thank­ful for all the lov­ing care Breton re­ceived over the past year, es­pe­cially Dr. Daniel Rayson and his nurse Kim. You are the best!

We would also like to send a spe­cial thanks to his Aunt Krista Gal­lant who was great sup­port to Breton dur­ing his ill­ness over the past year.

Cre­ma­tion has taken place. A Celebration of Breton’s life will take place at S.W. Chant Funeral Home, 564 Alexan­dra Street, Syd­ney on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 25, 2 p.m. Vis­i­ta­tion and re­cep­tion to fol­low at 3:30 p.m.

In lieu of flow­ers, a do­na­tion can be made in Breton’s mem­ory to Cape Breton Bi­ble Camp or Munro Academy.

On­line Con­do­lences may be made to www.chant­fu­ner­al­home.ca.

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