LISBON – Bernard J. Murphy, resident of Topsham, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, at The Lamp in Lisbon, after a long illness. Bernie is finally at peace.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1931, in Lewiston, the son of Edward J. and Cecile (Nadeau) Murphy. His life was an adventure which took him to all corners of our country. After graduating from St. Dominic High School, he began his adult life by joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He faithfully served his country in Korea and received an honorable discharge. He was also a part of the Marine Corps Band.

His next step in life was his 35-year union membership as a steelworker. His craft took him throughout our country and introduced him to the diversity and beauty of America.

He had a passion for and was an accomplished musician. His favorite musician was Harry James. His command of the trumpet could silence a crowd and then bring them to their feet with rousing applause. He also had music in his feet and could dance the night away. He and his first wife, Veronica, traveled throughout the country in their motor home collecting hand-made jewelry focusing on Native American creations.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Chapman of Topsham; two sisters, Madeline and her husband, Malcolm Hare, of The Villages in Florida, and Jean and her husband, Marc Fournier, of Lewiston; nieces, nephews, friends; and extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Veronica Kushnir; his older brother, Edward; and a younger brother, Thomas.

Rest in peace, Bernie, you are home.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Lamp in Lisbon for their thoughtful and professional care to Bernie and the family.

Guest Book