Liverpool lost an outstanding citizen this week with the death of Dr. Bill Murphy. He was as a native son. His father, Charlie Murphy, had been Mayor of Liverpool. Bill started his career as a dentist here in 1964. He and a group of businessmen started Mersey Seafoods which has remained a major employer to this day. He told me once he’d had many opportunities to sell the business and its licenses, but he kept it largely on account of the employees.
He made his mark on the east coast fishery through his service of several international boards and had achieved an international reputation for his wisdom and insightfulness.
His philanthropy during the last twenty years has been huge. Both he and his wife, Janet, shunned the publicity that comes with such generosity. They did great work through the J & W Murphy Foundation. The six J & W Murphy Scholarships, each worth $40,000, are vied for by students each year.
He and Janet made a very big donation to the Queens General Hospital rebuild. It was his commitment to this that enabled me to get government approval for the project and to find other funding sources. The new medical wing is named in their honour. There are many other institutions, organizations and buildings in Queens and elsewhere in Nova Scotia that have benefited from Bill and Janet’s largesse.
On behalf of the Region of Queens, I would like to thank the Murphys for their many contributions to Queens and to offer his children, Karen and Lisa and their families our sympathy and condolences on their loss.
Christopher Clarke, Mayor
Region of Queens Municipality