Fam­ily and friends mourn death of pop­u­lar Inker (81)

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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