IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT:
Fr Eddie Murphy
Fr Edward (Eddie) Murphy, died following a car accident on Friday, 16 March, while driving to the home of his mother near Waterford City after attending the Assembly of the Gentili Province (Rosminians) in Dublin.
Fr Eddie was parish priest of Wisbech, East Anglia, for just under a year; prior to that he had been parish priest in Neath, Sth Wales which was his first parish appointment after his ordination in March 2007.
He joined the Institute of Charity (Rosminians) in 1976, coming from a period of study at Osterley. Amongst those in the novitiate house at the time was the future bishop, John Arnold, who was eventually to ordain him.
Fr Eddie was dyslexic, something which caused him great frustration over the years. But he was extraordinarily determined and in the late 80s he successfully completed a degree course in computing, which he used to great advantage. His lifetime dream was to become a priest and after three attempts at studying for the priesthood was ordained in 2007.
Prior to his ordination he had served in various Rosminian parishes and houses, assisting with the establishment of computer systems. For a couple of years he had full time employment with the Church Army in London.
Wherever he worked, whether in schools, parish or religious community Eddie, or Ted as he was known to his family, endeared himself to both adults and children alike. He brought with him a charming vivacious personality along with his many gifts and talents. He was especially sympathetic to the needs of the poor and marginalised and his door was always open to those in difficulty. “No, “I can’t”, or “it’s impossible” were words rarely found in Eddie’s life.
He loved music and could play a number of instruments including the piano, but his favourite was the flute, and he was well on his way to becoming an accomplished fluatist.
Fr Eddie’s wish was to be buried in Ireland and that wish was fulfilled when he was laid to rest among his Rosminian brethren in St Patricks Cemetery Clonmel, just a short few miles from his home in Waterford. His sudden passing leaves a tremendous void but he leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and good deeds and he goes to God, whom he loved above all with those good works gone before him. May his rest in peace.
The Rosminians say: 'We convey our deepest expressions of sympathy to Fr Eddie's mother and brothers and sisters."
Fr Edward MURPHY IC BSc. 1954 - 2012