Edward (Eamon) Joseph Murphy
April 18, 1955 - January 3, 2019
Eamon Murphy, age 63, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at his home in San Francisco surrounded by loving family and friends.
Born on April 18, 1955 in Coachford, County Cork, Ireland, he emigrated to San Francisco in 1979. A force of nature with tireless energy, Eamon was a man of infinite generosity and humility, a quick wit and frequent turn of phrase in his enduring Irish brogue. Eamon arrived in San Francisco with a stubborn work ethic and became a successful builder and property owner. He embodied the American Dream of hard work, and love of God, country and family. Eamon a devoted, attentive father and a trusted, loyal friend was always willing to lend an ear and offer his help. His wry smile and twinkling eyes were a steady and reassuring presence for many in both his adored San Francisco and native Ireland. Eamon, an avid reader, loved good food, history documentaries, a Rolling Stones concert, an opera or theatre performance, and a sail on San Francisco Bay. He started and finished every day with a cup of Barry’s Irish tea.
Possessing a strong affinity for kinship and the power of bringing people together, Eamon unfailingly reached out to those he knew and loved, to inquire, inform, include and instruct. He asked of others nothing more than he would be willing to do himself. Eamon’s inner strength and deep and abiding faith, unique sense of humor, and warm-hearted, generous nature, informed by a steady altruistic spirit, will be missed but never forgotten by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his mother Eileen Rose Murphy (nee Hinchion) and father John Francis Murphy. He is survived by his cherished and dutiful sons Johnathon and Edmond Murphy and his longtime companion Denise LaPointe, his brother Sean Murphy (Marie) of Coachford; and his nephews John Murphy (Thuy) of San Francisco and Gregory and Eamon Murphy of Coachford; his many beloved cousins including John Hinchion (Clare) and Ronan Maher (Erin) and their families of San Francisco; and Liam, Frances, and Ray Lynch of County Cork Ireland; his trusted righthand, Jorge Luis Pascual, and legions of dear friends and relations.
His family wishes to extend the deepest gratitude and thanks to his Home Instead caregivers; Les McGee and the Kaiser Hospital doctors, nurses, attendants, and the entire hospice care team especially JoAnn Hahn, Eimear Cody, Molly O’Brien; Dr. Kandice Strako and Dr. Clifford Sewell; and many others who provided their love, expertise and gifted care.
Family and friends are invited to visit beginning at new people and beautiful places in The Bay Area, Wine Country and beyond. One of the best things to come from the business was the privilege of working with Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and his family for over eighteen years.
In retirement, Terry had the time to reflect on the life he’d lived. From small town Middle America to the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, overlooking The Bay Bridge and The Giants Ballpark, Terry felt like one of the luckiest guys in the world. And for no greater reason than the love of his life, Diana. To Terry, Diana was the key to his happiness. During every travel adventure, every dinner on the town with their wonderful and eclectic
cast 6 pm followed by a Rosary Vigil at 7 pm on Monday, January 14, 2019 at McAvoy O’Hara Evergreen Mortuary located at 4545 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco. Private burial services to be held by his family in Ireland.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Irish American Crossroads Festival, P.O. Box 170672, San Francisco CA 94117 or Dowling Library – UICC (first all Irish library in the United States a 501(c)3 nonprofit), 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. of friends, every nail-biting Giants championship viewing party in their living room, every Christmas celebration or trips with the Doherty’s and the Lawson’s, Diana brought the fun and vigor that made Terry’s life worth living, and worth celebrating. In Terry’s own words, it was a life well lived, and well spent.
Terry is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Kent.
Terry is survived by wife, Diana Nelson, son, Timothy Lawson, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Lawson, grandchildren, Fiona and Theo Lawson, brother-in-law, Phil Doherty, sister-in-law, Kathy Doherty, and their five sons: Brian, Mark, Kevin, Casey, and Christopher, his nephew, Christian Nelson and many beloved friends from around the world.
During his final months, he was lovingly cared for by Hospice by the Bay, especially his nurse, Vonda Chong.
A celebration of Terry’s life will be held for family and friends in February. Terry would be honored by donations to the San Francisco/ Marin Food Bank and to No Kid Hungry.