CALAIS - George F. Murphy, 78, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, with his family by his side at Calais Regional Hospital. George was born July 12, 1934, in Calais, son of the late Wellington and Margaret (Boyd) Murphy.
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After high school, George entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a rifleman. He returned home to Calais and started his career with Georgia Pacific in 1966, retiring in 1997. On April 16, 1977, he married Debbie Johnson. George was a member of Second Baptist Church, Calais, Marine Corps League, and Sherman Bros. Post No. 3 American Legion, Calais. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, animals, and watching sports, especially the Calais Blue Devils.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, William Murphy; and his canine companion, Benji. Surviving are his loving wife of 36 years, Debbie Murphy; his daughter, Kimberly Bridges and her husband, John, of St. Stephen, New Brunswick; three grandchildren, Katie-Lynn Bridges, Heather Mae Bridges and John Michael Bridges Jr.; his mother-in-law, Bertha Johnson of Baring; a sister, Pauline Hartley; two dear friends, Lynn Howard Daggett and Mertt Brown, both of Calais; and his canine companion, Tiffy. A special thanks goes to his loving daughter, Kimberly; and his two dear friends, Lynn and Mertt, for their many hours spent taking George to his Cancer Care of Maine appointments.
A celebration of George's life, with military honors, will be held 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Calais Cemetery. Donations in George's memory may be made to Second Baptist Church, 21 Church St., Calais, ME 04619, or Calais Regional Hospital Nightingale Room, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on July 2, 2013