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Robert "Bobby" Basil Murphy

June 4, 1935 ~ September 18, 2021 (age 86)

Obituary

It is with deep sorrow and incredible sadness we announce that Robert (Bobby) Basil Murphy has finished his work here on earth.

Uncle Bobby ,as he was known to many who met him passed away September 18th 2021 at 1258 AM in the loving arms of his niece Wanda Hunt and great nephew Adam Hunt in Halifax Nova Scotia.

Bobby was from and lived in Joggins Nova Scotia until his health started to decline three years ago he then moved to lower Sackville, NS with his niece Wanda Hunt and her family.

He is survived by his dear sister Mary Burke in Toronto Ontario. His niece Wanda Hunt (Bruce) great nephews Matthew Hunt and Adam Hunt, great niece Julia hunt. He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews; Michael Burke (Bonnie), Rosemary Kelly (Bob Duckworth) ,Jane Yerema (Mike), Leo Burke (Rebecca), Lorraine Trepanier (Yves), Shelley Peters (Greg), Stephen Forshner (lisa Godin) Kathy Chafe (Doug), Dana Forshner (Andrea), Timothy Forshner (Denise), Mark Forshner (Andrea), Kim Murphy (the late Jean Murphy) ,Chris Murphy (Wendy)and Wade Murphy (Joan). He is also survived by many great nieces and great nephews.

Bobby was predeceased by his very loving parents Basil and Hilda Murphy. His baby sister and brother in- law Margaret and Layton Forshner, His younger brother and sister in-law Jacky and viola Murphy and special brother in-law and dear friend Leo Burke.

Bobby was a care free spirit who didn’t even try to make a fashion statement. Tattered jeans with one of his multiple green shirts and his favourite rubber boots the dog chewed were his go to outfit for every occasion regardless of the weather, rain or shine! If Bobby taught us anything it was to give back mason jars that once held pickles if you wanted them filled again.

In Bobby’s early days as a young boy he worked in the coal mines of Joggins with his father and Uncles.

After leaving the coal mine behind he decided he was going to serve his country and enlisted in the Army as a member of the Canadian Guards. He did his basic training in Ontario. During his military career he spent three years over seas in Germany.

After he retired from the military he Worked for Robilards in Ontario until he moved back to his beloved Joggins, Nova Scotia.

Back home in Joggins he spent many years on the beach laying fishing nets and selling his catch.

He also invented and was continuously perfecting his very own hydroponic greenhouse system and grew his famous tomatoes and cucumbers as well as grapes, cucamelons, arctic kiwi, strawberries, yellow beans and peppers. He also had many vegetable gardens growing outside of his greenhouse as well as a variety of beautiful flowers that bloomed from spring to fall. His property was also covered in fruit trees he grew from seeds.

Bobby had a special fondness for dogs and could often be seen walking the beach or driving in his truck with his beloved beagles Jack and Daisy. The last dog he had was a bassett-foxhound named Amy that he adopted from the shelter who these last three years has been in the loving care of a special little boy, James Soubliere.

At Uncle Bobby’s request there will be no formal service but a graveside service will be held at the River Hebert Cemetery in River Hebert Nova Scotia September 29th 2021 at one o’clock in the afternoon to honor him.

In lieu of flowers perhaps you can think about calling a friend you haven't spoken to in awhile or maybe take your dog or any dog for a walk, donate a can of food to an animal shelter, plant a fall bulb or take a long stroll on the beach ,maybe consider writing a real letter on stationary and send it by mail with a real stamp. Whatever you decide to do I ask that you think of Uncle Bobby and his life well lived as you do it!!

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