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80th Birthday Memory Book

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S: Tom Murphy Memory Book

FC: Happy 80th Birthday Dad July 13, 2012

1: To Our Wonderful, Loving, Caring, Giving Dad Grandpa and Great-Grandpa A compilations of some of our fondest memories We Love You

2: Cavendish where Dad would brake and skid the rattlesnakes crossing the road. It would upset Mom but us kids loved it. Craig | It was amazing to watch Dad load and unload the trunk of the car for summer holidays in Kelowna. It was a jigsaw puzzle that I still don't know how to put together. Jan

3: The love and devotion Dad puts into each handyman project he does for us. Dean | Playing horseshoes in the backyard in Kelowna with Grandpa Sean | Taking Tom and Mary on vacation to Jasper and to Disney World. Unfortunately, they got soaked on the river ride in Animal Kingdom! Pierre

4: Going to the Nova family BBQ and doing the three legged race and burlap bag race with Dad - Dad liked to win!! Lori

5: When we were on holidays in Kelowna with the trailer. It was not just a memory but a testament of the man, father and husband he is...... | we were all at the beach and it was a very hot day as usual. It got too hot for Mom and she had sun stroke and fainted. The sand was so hot there and too hot to even walk with bare feet. Well Dad looked over at Mom after she had just fainted and he immediately got up and picked her up in his arms and walked across that burning sand to get her to the trailer as fast as he could so she could lay down. I will never forget that. Keith

6: Sunday picnics... especially when we lived in Edson. They were a days outing; church at 9 then off on a roadtrip somewhere west around Hinton or into Jasper National Park and often with family friends. Lynn | It's fun to see when Grandpa and Grandma come to visit us, they are always just as happy to see Chili too! Grandpa loves to play with him. Sean

7: Summer vacations in Kelowna were something I looked forward to all year as a kid. I remember Grandpa filling up the kiddie pool while I watched from the swing. He would fill it in the morning so the sun would heat it up by the time we where ready to use it. What a thoughtful Grandpa! Amy | Grandpas workshop in Kelowna and how the radio was always playing Tate Wyatt Teagin

8: Grandpa will probably remember Erin and I chasing Grandma down the road with frogs in our hands. Grandma screamed like she was being chased by a Grizzly Bear! Jesse | Grandpas hugs, his gentle eyes, his quiet strength and the special winks that he gives us all when we are together. He makes us all feel so special and loved. Erin

9: Getting disciplined one time in Cavendish but getting the last giggle in when the company truck rolled back down the driveway. Craig | Of course when I played hockey I loved seeing Dad and Mom up in the stands. When the game was finished, there was Dad waiting for me to tell me I had a good game and we drove home together. Keith | Grandpa packing the Jeep in Kelowna with all our toys and a lunch to take us to the beach for the day. Amy

10: I always loved the time and energy Dad spent making the skating rink in the backyard in the winter. No matter how cold or miserable it was, he went out and watered and made ice for us. Maybe he knew how much I needed extra skating practice. Jan | Following me into the Fort for one of Wyatt's hockey games and the bad storm he and Mary had to drive through. Joan | As a little girl, helping Dad in the garage and around the house, learning the names of all the tools and types of screwdrivers! Lynn

11: Receiving his saddle he used in Cavendish that he had received from Happy Campbell. Craig | Conversations changed from teen age years to adult years....... I knew then that Dad thought of me as an adult. I learned so much from those conversations. Dean

12: Summers in Kelowna before and after Dad and Mom retired. Lori | Taking time from work in Edson on mornings when it was -30 plus wind chill, to drive us all to school. Lynn | Setting up the pool for us in the backyard in Kelowna Tate, Wyatt, Teagin

13: Making the backyard rink in Edson. Craig | One of the things I always remember when Dad would be home late for supper, Mom always kept his supper warm in the oven. Watching and listening to him eat always looked like he was eating the best meal he ever ate, and I always felt hungry again. He always thanked his 'sweetie' for a good supper! Jan | Riding the bus with Dad from Vegreville to Edmonton for the Oiler games -- talking about who would be in net, how many goals Gretzky would score, and Dad taking me down to the basement of the coliseum to watch the players come out -- the best times! Lori

14: I have a memory of Grandpa laying under a table in Morinville on Belhumeur's deck with a beer in his hand. What happened there Grandpa? Jesse | Another memory of Dad was when they lived in Kelowna. It was a time for me and Dad to golf together. Those early mornings were so magical to me. Dad used to wake me at 6 a.m. for me to get up, have a shower and eat breakfast. He and Mom always made sure I had enough to eat before we golfed. Then, it was time for our trip to the golf course. It was always a perfect day. Me and my Dad, the smell of fresh cut grass and the morning dew. We always had a great round together and I loved playing with him and his golf buddies. Keith

15: Getting my job lined up at the Esso in Vegreville when we moved there in '75. Good place to start meeting some of my friends. Craig | There are so many wonderful memories of Grandpa - all the summers in Kelowna, spending time in the immaculate yard, playing games, going to feed the horses carrots. Erin | Working with the men Dad supervised in Vegreville and the respect they had for him. Craig

16: Taking Tom fishing and crabbing in Prince Rupert. Pierre | Setting up the hall in Red Deer for family dinners. Joan,Tate,Wyatt,Teagin | Dad's thoughtfulness and caring when he came up to Prince Rupert the summer of '87 to bring Amy and I back to Alberta when I was expecting Sean. Will never be able to thank you enough Dad. You knew I needed you and are always there for all of us! Lynn

17: Dad's brushcut hair style in Cavendish! Craig | I am proud of the opportunity Dad has given me to become the person I am today. Dean

18: Grandpa playing tickle monster with me until I peed my pants! Sean | I remember the Christmas when Dad gave us the toboggan he made and so beautifully painted. The Murphy name emblazoned on one end and all those available seats. At the time it was just Dean, Craig and me. Later on that day I remember Dad pulling us down the road on the fresh snow and we were laughing and so happy to see him running and pulling in front of us. That toboggan went on to have a long life as it always came out to Wilmore Park in Edson for the swift rides down the hill. In fact I am sure it was the same toboggan that Grampa Rosenberger fell off of in his '80s. It was a real family keepsake with room enough for all the Murphy's. Jan

19: Lifeguarding in Vegreville - Dad would bring my dinner still hot wrapped in tin-foil to keep it warm. I was the envy of everyone. Dad was affectionately known as 'Papa Smurf" by the other lifeguards. Lori | One time in Edson when I was quite young Grandpa dropped me off at the theatre for a matinee with my friends. After the movie I called home on a pay phone and asked Grandpa for a ride. Once I thought the call was disconnected I resumed the profanity and swearing with my buds. Little did I know Grandpa was still listening. I sure felt bad once I realized what had happened. Grandpa asked me where I had learned such dirty language and I admitted that I had learned it from Auntie Lori. She would swear at Erin and I if we didn't finish our cat food. Haha the part about Lori is not true but it will get a good laugh from everyone. Jesse

20: Couldn't get away with much with Dad either. When I hit a power pole with the blue station wagon in Edson coming out of a tight alley turn, and said that someone had run into me at the dance the night before - he pulled me closer and asked how the wood splinters had become lodged between the bumper. Busted! Or with the red truck in Vegreville - "How fast was I going the night before?" My answer - "Oh about 75 or 80 km." "Because the amount of bugs on the windshield only happens at 100km." Busted again! Jan

21: Some winters when the snow was so heavy, Dad would have to shovel it off the roof in Edson. It was so much fun playing in the forts we made. Lynn Grandpa carving the turkey on occasions when they came to visit. Joan, Tate, Wyatt, Teagin | Thank you Grandpa, for always showing an interest and compassion in all our lives. Love Amy, Kyle and Max

22: Dad taking us to the Whitemud Equestrian Centre to ride horses with Jan after we moved away from Cavendish. Craig | Dad giving me a little pep talk and some gum to chew to calm my nerves while he polished up my skates for my first big carnival in Edson. Lynn | Kelowna meant Scandia with Grandpa and Grandma. Good times playing miniature golf. Sean | Papa knows how to fix everything Cale and Ethan

23: I will never forget Dad explaining to me why I should never "assume" anything: don't make an ASS of U and ME Lori | Grandpa dancing with me at my wedding. I will never forgot how proud I was to dance with him on Adam and I's special day. Erin | There are so many memories, but one thing for sure is that Dad loves his family so much. With his two hands, he would always build things or make things better, whether it be at home renovating or at the lake making a beautiful spot for us. I watched Dad all those years and I have realized I have absorbed from him all the things I saw him do. Keith

24: I have lots of memories from Kelowna when Grandpa would take me golfing or we would to to Scandia mini golf. I think Grandpa took Erin to a trail ride where Erin rode a special horse and she wore a special helmet. Jesse | Watching Dad's enjoyment plowing snow on our lane with our 8N tractor. Craig

25: My biggest memory is from Cavendish where I got the most perfect goose egg on my forehead. I fell the very first time I tried skating in my life. But to see how Dad tried to quiet me down before going back to the house to see Mom, was what Dean and Jan will likely remember. Craig | Going to Disneyland with Nana and Papa and Papa going on rides. Cale and Ethan | Grandpa unfortunately straining his knee while kicking the soccer ball with Wyatt. Joan, Tate, Wyatt, Teagin

26: Most recently, I have enjoyed all the time I have spent with Grandpa on his many trips to Edmonton this past year. The unfortunate circumstance of his illness brought us closer together, and for that part I am grateful. Amy | Watching Dad with my own kids--the love, patience and generosity make him the best Papa ever! Lori

27: Every memory of Grandpa is priceless. We are so happy to be celebrating your 80th Birthday with you and everyone. Love Erin and Adam | The spirit he showed trying to learn to skate with us at the Edson arena. Craig | One summer Dad had to work in Whitecourt, so we all moved there with him and camped in our (17ft?) trailer!! I am pretty sure we were 6 brothers and sisters then! Don't know how Dad and Mom did it! Lynn

28: Grandpa would always tell me he would race me and win while I was eating, so that I would eat all my supper | I remember how Grandpa would always chase me around trying to tickle me with the "Tickle Bug" | I remember Grandpa always building something in his shop. He built me a Chief dog out of wood once! | So many summers in Kelowna. I remember always going for ice cream at Dairy Queen in the evening after a long, hot summer day and we would all always get sundaes Karly

29: Going with Grandpa and Grandma to Scandia and always wanting to win the prizes | Grandpa always had something cool to build in his shop | I remember Grandpa and my dad always going golfing in the morning before we would wake up, and then waiting for them to get home | Grandpa always helped us catch bugs in the yard in Kelowna Jordan

30: Dad's 'master' craftmanship - so visible in all his projects in all our homes. So many times I look at a shelf or stool or blanket stand and am flooded with the love that went into making it. Lori | LIVE laugh LOVE

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