In Loving Memory Of
Gregory Frederick Peter Murphy
1936 ~ 2022

Gregory Frederick Peter Murphy, 85 of Moncton passed away on October 22, 2022 at Maison Albert House, Hospice SENB.

He was born October 23, 1936, the son of the late Fred and Agnes (Murray) Murphy. His beloved wife, Laura Mariam French, predeceased him on September 20, 2021.

Greg is survived by five daughters and one son: Kimberley (André Veniot) of Shediac; Laura (Les Harrison) of Moncton; Susan (Ron Maillet) of Pointe-du-Chêne; Karen (John Ryan) of Pointe-du-Chêne; Sonya of Wellington, NS; and son Peter (Jill Higgs) of Upper Kingsclear, NB.

He was the proud grandfather of eleven grandchildren: Bryan, Emily and Shannon Copeland; Josh and Jeremy Maillet; Alanna, Alexandre and Maurice Veniot; Milo and Breanna Hicks; Kalan Parrish; two stepgrandchildren, Ceire and Eibhlin Storey; and seven great grandchildren.

Greg is also survived by his brothers, Pat (Claire); John (Rose); Danny (Claudette); Kevin (late Sandy Murphy); and sisters Ann Caddell (late Jim Caddell); Bernadette Van Buskirk (Gary Van Buskirk); and Maureen (William MacFadden). He was predeceased by his brothers Neil (Sherrill); David (Theresa); Raymond; Hubert; and sister Joan.

Greg’s life was underpinned by three pillars: family, unions and service to community. Laura was the rock of the Murphy family and in those early years Greg was the event planner and chauffeur. The children grew up camping and travelling, from nearby Parlee Beach, to Fundy National Park, PEI, the Cabot Trail, Expo 67, Walt Disney World, the Montreal ’76 Olympics, and the annual pre-school shopping trips to Bangor, just to mention a few. From 1977 to 2021, summer life for the family revolved around their cottage at the Bluff at Parlee Beach, highlighted by the annual lobster feed.

Greg was a proud and vocal union man to his core throughout his working life, even through the years of his retirement. He started as a carman with Canadian National Railways, from 1953 to 1993, joining the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America, Local 245 (Intercolonial Lodge) in 1954. He obtained a leave of absence to become the first full-time secretary-treasurer elected for the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL). From 1972-78 he was a representative of the Canadian Labour Congress.

In 1973, Conservative Premier Richard Hatfield appointed Greg to the NB Public Service Labour Relations Board (later called the Labour Employment Board), an appointment supported by the Liberal Party. He would be re-appointed to the board many times, serving a total of 24 years, longer than any other member.

In 2007, the NBFL added Greg’s name to its Honour Roll for “serving the trade union movement with pride and integrity.”

Greg ran as a New Democratic Party candidate three times, in federal and provincial elections. He never won, but that did not deter him for he believed that voters needed a choice in their candidates and parties.

In 1968, he received the Duke of Edinburgh Award which allowed him to travel to Australia to attend the third Duke of Edinburgh study conference.

Greg served as a board member of many civic and community organizations, and for lengthy periods of time. They include, among others: City of Moncton Parks and Recreation Commission; Moncton United Way; Memramcook Institute; NB Barristers’ Society Area Legal Aid Committee; Via Rail Advisory Committee; Moncton Museum; the Moncton Hospital; NB Health Coalition; Greater Moncton Airport Authority; the New Brunswick Genealogical Society; President of the NB Federation of Union Retirees and Secretary of the CN Pensioners Association, Council No. 1; and the Shediac Bay Watershed Association.

Greg loved sports, in particular hockey, basketball and baseball. He was a season ticket holder for the Moncton Wildcats and attended his last game six days before he passed.

In 1983, he was given a Special Merit Award by Basketball New Brunswick and three years later named Honorary Chairman of the Coca Cola Hub City Hoop Classic. He was inducted into the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame twice, in 1998 as the longtime Coach of the St. Pat’s Schooners Senior Women’s team and in 2013 as Player/ Manager of the St. Bernard’s Hi/CYO basketball team.

Greg was a driving force in keeping alive the importance of the railway in Moncton’s history. This included the installation of an historical panel at the Avenir Center paid with a $10,000 contribution to the Urban Heart Campaign from the CN Pensioners Association.

As a board member of Resurgo Place, home of the Moncton Museum Greg also championed the creation of the Transportation Discovery Center which highlights the crucial role, shipbuilding, railways and aviation played in the city’s history.

Brian Murphy (no relation), former mayor of Moncton, said “Resurgo Place is what and where it is, so much due to his efforts.”

On its centenary, the City of Moncton honoured Greg as one of the 100 Monctonians who contributed to the betterment of the city. It was proof to him that a King Street boy with a high school education could be recognized for what he had accomplished in service to others.

The Murphy family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of the Maison Albert House (Hospice SENB) for the care, compassion and dignity with which they treated Greg and the family in his time there.

Visitation will take place at Passage Funeral Co-operative, 625 Mountain Road, Moncton on Wednesday November 2 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Family would appreciate masks be worn. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday November 3 at St. Bernard’s Church at 11:00 am at 45 Botsford Street. Burial will take place at Our Lady Calvary Cemetery, Dieppe.

Donations can be made to The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation, to the Transportation Discovery Centre Endowment Fund or to the donors’ choice.

The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at:
www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca

Arrangements under the professional care of
Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre
625 Mountain Rd. Moncton, NB E1C 2P1

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29 comments

  1. I offer heartfelt sympathy to the Murphy family, especially Kim and André. The life story of Greg Murphy is truly remarkable and one to be celebrated with gratitude. Blessings!

  2. Sending our deepest sympathy to the Murphy family . Greg was a wonderful father , grandfather and friend . He will be missed by all who knew him .

  3. Condolences on behalf of the Southeastern Genealogy Society. A donation will be made to The Associates of the Archives in his memory. He will be missed from our meetings.

  4. Although I am no longer part of the Murphy clan. Laura and Greg always welcomed me and were happy to see me! They were like that with everyone.Loved them completely and always will!Greg was an amazing man and leaves a legacy of service and caring that will be remembered!It was a privilege to know a man like that!Take care all!🤗

  5. So sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. He was a fun guy, great husband, wonderful dad and awesome neighbour. Deepest condolences to families and friends.

  6. Sending our sincere sympathies to all the Murphy family, and all friends. Met Greg briefly when I was on Brunswick Bottling strike (Coke). To his brothers that I met,Kevin and John sincere sympathies from myself along with my co-workers whi knew and worked along with Kevin. RIP brother.

  7. Our most Sincere Condolences to Greg’s family. He was a special man who accomplished so much for others. We will miss him.

  8. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was always a good neighbour when we lived on Leslie and Garfield. How many times were we scolded for climbing over the fence??? I’m certain that he now is exactly where he’s wanted to be… with your mom. Treasure the memories. Take care❣️

  9. Sue and Ron
    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a great contributor to the community. He will be remembered.
    Sincerely
    Monique and Bill

  10. My sincere condolences to all members of Greg’s family on your loss of such a great person

  11. Greg was always a welcome face and a font of information at the SENB Genealogical meetings. I hope his extensive collection on the CNR and New Brunswick railways finds it’s way to the Heritage Room at the Moncton Public Library.

  12. Nos sympathies profondes à toute la famille en cette période difficile suite à la perte d’un père de famille qui avait un engagement positif pour sa famille et la communauté .

  13. Murphy Family…..thinking of you as a family. I served on the Moncton Museum Committee with Greg. He was a pleasure to work with and very much a gentlemen. Thoughts and prayers at this time. Fred Veysey, Retired educator

  14. Our sincere condolences to Kim and Andre and to all members of the family on your loss of such a great person . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these times .🙏

  15. Ton père a eu tout un parcours , tu peux en être fier . Michel et moi vous offrons nos plus sincères sympathies à toi et ta famille. Nos pensées sont avec vous.

  16. In memory of our friend Greg Murphy , we will be making a donation of money to the Emmanuel Baptist Bible Institute,187 McLaughlin Dr, Moncton ,with our sympathy.When Greg gave his reports as representative of the CN Pensioners Association on the Museum Committee. He put up with me saying-“5 minutes Greg”! As he spoke low in volume and long on words ,w e teased him about his speeches. At the Avenir Center $10,000.00 Historical panel which Greg was involved to get it done, after the big shots spoke -“I said would Greg like to say a few words? everybody groaned and Greg said I don,t see Ken Crossman but I will make this short.

  17. My deepest sympathy to Greg’s family on the passing of this fine gentleman. I always enjoyed his visits to see us in PEI and my Rose especially love to see him and Laura and discuss old stories when she lived with the family while studying in Moncton many years ago. I will keep him and Laura in my prayers and may they rest in peace together at last. Sincerely.

  18. In Memory of Greg, a donation of money will be given to Emmanuel Baptist Bible Institute,187 McLaughlin Dr. Moncton with our Sympathy to the family.

  19. For Pat – sorry to hear about your brother Greg’s passing. I fondly recall you & he really refereeing basketball in the early 60’s when I was a teenager. Also you were our coach on a provincial basketball team circa 1961-62 that I had the Privledges of playing on.

  20. Greg’s life showed how much good and valuable an ordinary person can do if they set their mind to it. He was so dedicated to helping people, making our society better and fighting for fairness. It was a privilege to get to know Greg. I admire him greatly. He leaves a lasting legacy with his family and community. He was also lots of fun.
    Ken and Mary-Jo Dodd

  21. Murphy family, so sorry for the lost of your father and grandfather. Greg was truly a gentlemen and will be missed. His support of the museum has been greatly appreciated over the years. May your wonderful family memories be a comfort.

  22. So sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. His life was well lived, always working to better the lives of others. Rest in peace brother.

  23. Peter, Kimberley, Laura, Susan, Karen, Sonya and families.
    Your dad will be greatly missed but his kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.
    Our deepest sympathy
    Wanda Bearresto & Kevin Doucet

  24. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Peter. You and your family are in our thoughts.

  25. Peter and family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

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