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Murphy, William

imageAugust 7, 2020

My name is Deirdre Murphy and my father is William Murphy. I wanted to let everyone know that on the morning of August 7, God took him back home. It was sudden and unexpected, and we are devastated and in shock.

The week before this happened my father was living his life to the fullest. He was driving, exercising and celebrating his 83rd birthday and his grandson’s 4th birthday. We feel that we lost him way too soon.

He was the most incredible father, grandfather, husband and friend. He has taught me the true meaning of unconditional love and I am so blessed, lucky and thankful to have had him as my father.

One thing my father expressed to me was that when he was to pass that he would like to be cremated. After speaking with the funeral home today and keeping in mind that Holy Communion is not currently holding mass due to Covid, our family has decided to celebrate my father outside at one of his favorite spots down by the river to make sure it is safe for everyone that would like to attend. This will provide us a spot to spread some of his ashes, celebrate his life and give everyone a dedicated place to go when they would like to be near him.

We really want to make sure we include as many people as possible to join us to celebrate his life because we know he touched people in so many ways and know that we extend that invitation to all of you as well.

It will be this Sunday, August 16th at 11am at the Cedarwood Trailhead in Woodriver Village, along the Deschutes River (The exact Address is 61615 Cedarwood Rd). I have included a map below and would like to note that there is limited parking at the trailhead but there are available spots in the surrounding areas and streets. We will also have a friend helping shuttle everyone to the spot if they need to park further away.

With love and gratitude,
Deirdre Murphy &
The Murphy Family
19513 Sugar Mill Loop
Bend, Oregon 97702

Bill was ordained 1963 for the Redemptorists from Mt. Alphonsus and made his transition in 1969. In 1972 he married Frances, a former Sisters of Mercy.