1937 – 2014
SABATTUS — Jim G. Murphy, 76, of Sabattus, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, at home with family by his side.
Jim was born the youngest of six to Cecil and Blanche (Knight) Murphy on June 10, 1937, in Axtell, Neb., and graduated in 1955 from Axtell High School. Jim joined the U.S. Coast Guard in April 1956, serving his country for 23 years, before retiring as an E9 master chief engineer in 1979.
Jim successfully completed The Dale Carnegie Course in effective speaking, human relations, memory and leadership training in 1964, and was a “top-notch student.” He worked as a senior box clerk for the NYSE from 1968-69. He retired from Bath Iron Works after 20 years of dedication. He opened Jim’s Small Engine Repair in Sabattus in his retirement years.
He was a member of the War Birds of Maine, flying model airplanes with his son and friends, Frosty and Bud — great times! Jim was also a member of Gardiner Sportsman’s Club for many years; Bass had a great fear of the mighty Murphy! Jim also enjoyed his membership with Knuckle Busters Car Club and showing off his vintage ‘66 Mustang, which he rebuilt to its original greatness and beauty.
Jim was an avid Red Sox fan (even when they didn’t excel). Jim’s love of flowers, gardening and birds showed in his dedication to his home’s landscaping and care. His great love for animals and family pets was immense. Jim also loved his tour in the Coast Guard, as it allowed him to experience the world and different cultures in Italy, Turkey, Alaska and the southern states, to mention a few.
Though he loved seeing the world, nothing could compare to spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jim loved the simple things in life and saw the beauty in all things. His sense of humor, though a bit twisted, could get a chuckle out of anyone at any time. Jim also enjoyed his daily breakfasts at the Settlement in his retirement years, having a great fondness for French toast … extra syrup, please!
Jim is survived by his beloved children, a son, Ken Murphy and wife, Lori; and a daughter, Ailitia (Murphy) Benoit and husband, Chris; and by his cherished grandchildren, Amber Murphy and James Ryan Murphy.
A special thanks to Muriel Hills and Jackie Emond for making life a bit easier in his later years.