Ed­ward (Ea­mon) Joseph Mur­phy

April 18, 1955 - Jan­uary 3, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

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.

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