Family and friends mourn death of popular Inker (81)
FRANCIS ‘Inker' Murphy, a former undertaker with Murphy's in Bray, is sadly mourned by his family and friends since his death in December at the age of 81.
A resident of James Everett Park, Inker was well known in the town and is survived by his wife Kathleen, and children Adrienne, Veronica, Geraldine, Catherine, Eugene and Mark, as well as his 21 grandchildren and his sister Sadie Shortt.
He died peacefully at home at the age of 81. ‘He was a lovely man, very popular and well known,' said his daughter Suzanne. ‘An absolute gentleman.'
Years ago, he was one of the drivers to the stars filming at Ardmore Studios, and met the likes of John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Maureen O'Hara and Elizabeth Taylor.
However, he was very private and not given to recounting tales of those days, and had to be convinced to talk about his famous passengers.
Married to Kathleen for over 48 years, he was never known to raise his voice to either her or the children, and the pair were best friends as well as husband and wife. Right to the end they looked after each other in their home. He was a witty man, who enjoyed a sing-song and did a fantastic job of ‘Some Enchanted Evening' or ‘ Strangers in the Night'.
Inker used to keep pigeons, enjoyed going to Murphy's for a quiet pint, and enjoyed watching old movies and sport.
In his younger days he was a keen football player and was known for that. He was also passionate about his brother Thomas's business, where he worked until his retirement. ‘ He was proud to be a Murphy,' said Suzanne. It was his own nephews, still in the family business, who had the task of seeing Inker to his last repose late last year.
The late Francis ‘Inker’ Murphy.