Donald Frederick Murphy

Passed 05/11/2023


Obituary For Donald Frederick Murphy

MURPHY, Donald Frederick (Retd. HRM Fire Fighter)

Age 81, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2023 in his home in Dartmouth surrounded by his loving family.

Dad served three years in the Royal Canadian Navy before joining the Halifax Fire Department in 1965, he retired in 1995 after 30 years of service, it was a career he loved.

Dad grew up on North Street in Halifax, attended Oxford School and St. Pat’s High School. He was an avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, camping, boating and hunting in Stanley, he loved to garden and enjoyed photography. Dad was a wealth of information and would spend hours researching any topic of interest to him and would his opinion whether you asked or not.

Dad married our mother, Gladys (Brooks) in 1965, this past January they celebrated 58 years of marriage. They enjoyed gardening together, day trips around the Maritimes and vacationing in the New England states.

Left to mourn are his wife, Gladys, his daughters Dawn Marie Murphy (William Haliburton) Halifax, Catherine Ezard (Jason) Woodside, and grandson Connor.

Dad is the last member of his immediate family, he was preceded by his parents, Frederick Murphy of East Dover and Beatrice (Conrod) of Chezzetcook, half-brothers, Douglas and William Lovett, and also his two beloved Border Collies, Lacey and Ben and his favorite cat Babe.

Cremation has taken place and to honor dad’s wishes there will be no service. Donations may be made in his memory to Hope for Wildlife, Bide Awhile Shelter or a charity of your choice.

We would like to thank all the service providers who made it possible to care for our dad at home, VON, EHS, Homecare and The Red Cross. A heartfelt thank you to the Palliative Care Team, Dr. Lees and a special thank to Mitch Devoe (RN).

Rest easy Dad, we love you.

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  • 05/17/2023

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. Donnie was the closest cousin to my age - I have great memories of spending time at their home every Christmas. I still think of them whenever I pass the family home on North Street. Prayers for strength and healing. Gerry and Willa McElhiney

  • 05/17/2023

    Donnie was such an important part of our life. He, Gladys, and the Girls came into Jill and my life just when we needed them most. Donnie words of wisdom were always blended with love and compassion. We have some wooden treasures Donnie made in his shop. He was more than just a friend he was family. Rest Easy, until we meet again. Sending love and prayers of comfort and peace to all who are missing Donnie. Cheryl-Anne Pratt (Crowe)

  • 05/17/2023

    My heart-felt condolences to Gladys (always Mrs. Murphy to me), Dawn Marie and Cathy. I have so many great memories of growing up and spending time at the Murphy's. Always welcomed with open arms.

  • 05/16/2023

    Deepest condolences to Donnie's family and friends. He was a good firefighter in his day and a champion on the ping pong table. He leaves us with many fond memories. RIP Murph.

  • 05/16/2023

    Sending our condolences to all. Lisa & Garnet Bush (Brooks)

  • 05/16/2023

    Dad, you were the heart of our family and always willing to help anyone in need. There are so many childhood memories that have surfaced over the last few months but more so now that your gone. I miss you more than you could ever imagine. Don't worry, we will take good care of mom. Love you and we will be together again one day. Cathy

  • 05/15/2023

    So very sorry to learn of Donnies passing Gladys. I can only imagine how much he will be missed. He was a great guy to work with and always had a few words of wisdom for the younger firefighters . Sincere condolences to you and your family.

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