JOHN MURPHY Obituary (2022) – Boston, MA – Boston Globe – | Gmx Pharm

MURPHY, known to all as “Jack” to John Douglas Wilderness enthusiast, died Tuesday, August 2, near Enos Lake in Wyoming’s Absaroka Mountains. Jack was struck by lightning while on a Wilderness First Responder expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He was 22 years young, strong and handsome, with a compassionate and generous spirit that allowed him to connect with others. Jack attended kindergarten and elementary school at Park Street School in Beacon Hill, a school that his younger sisters later attended and was an important spiritual and friendly community for the entire Murphy family. Jack attended Buckingham, Browne & Nichols (BB&N) middle school and Boston College High School, where he graduated in 2018 and was a proud member of the rugby team. In addition to close friendships in the schools he attended, Jack also had a close group of neighborhood friends, many of whom met at Ringgold Park as toddlers and who are later connected through sports and many family and friend gatherings, adventures and travel stayed . Jack attended college at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was a proud founding father of the newly formed Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he held several leadership positions. Jack was a member of a number of other churches including Hill House Boston where he played football for many years and where he was followed by his sisters who loved following in his footsteps. Although raised in Boston’s South End, Jack developed a love of the outdoors at an early age. He was fortunate to spend a lot of time with family and friends in Sunapee, New Hampshire, where he loved to ski, ice skate and hike in the great outdoors. He could often be found after a day of skiing encouraging his friends to stay out longer, go sledding and hike in the woods. He built many forts in the woods of Indian Cave, many of which survive to this day. As he got older, he sought more formal adventures at wilderness camps, including with the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Adventures with Birch Point Camp, glacier training at Mount Baker with his father, and before his senior year of high school, a 5-week Alaskan backpacking expedition with NOLS. This Alaska trip was a formative experience and one in which he distinguished himself as the chosen guide for others in the group. Despite his wanderings near and far, Jack also had a great love for his family and friends and was content to spend the evenings at home with his sisters Anna and Charlotte and with his mother and father. He enjoyed taking many family outings with the Murphy, Kelly and Collier families, all of which will cherish memories of happy times together where Jack, the eldest cousin and one of only two boys, actively supported his sisters and cousins ​​many There were antics. These include dressing up, games, trampoline jumping and lots of required “forced family fun”. His family will cherish the many happy memories of vacations in the Boston area with members of our large Mongeau clan and more recently with family and friends in Osterville, MA, where all spent quality time together during COVID. Jack is survived by many family members and friends. He was the beloved son of R. Douglas Murphy and Jeanine Kelly Murphy, and the cherished older brother of Anna Katherine Murphy and Charlotte Kelly Murphy, all from Boston. grandparents BarBara Zack Murphy of Norfolk, Virginia; Ronald Joseph Murphy and Debra McCabe Murphy of Louisville, KY; James Joseph Kelly and Anne Kane of Baldwin, NY; and honorary fairy godmother Rye Griswold of Boston. aunts and uncles, Greg and Beth Murphy from Norfolk; Katie Murphy of Louisville, Kentucky; and Alicia Kelly Collier and Dave Collier of Old Greenwich, CT and cousins ​​Clara and Maddie Murphy and Grace, Kendall, Leighton and Harry Collier, and many great aunts and uncles and cousins ​​in Kelly, Mongeau, Zack and Murphy- Familys. Before Jack died, his maternal grandmother, Katherine Mongeau Kelly. The Murphy family would like to thank the NOLS leaders and fellow students who valiantly tried to save him and kept Jack company in his final days. The family also thanks Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) for their efforts in rescuing Jack and for the support of his fellow campers. The family welcomes friends Tuesday, August 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the JS Waterman Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., BOSTON. Free parking attendant at front door. A service celebrating Jack’s life will follow on Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00 am at Trinity Church in The City of Boston, 206 Clarendon St., Boston. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit: In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift in Jack’s honor to the Jack Murphy Wilderness Education Fund, a foundation that supports others who have a passion for having life, teaching, and serving in the great outdoors (Contact [email protected]). We also invite you to plant a tree in his honor in a place close to your heart where you can pause to remember him. Given the many who loved Jack, the family can imagine a forest growing in his name. 617-536-4110

Published by Boston Globe on August 6-7, 2022.

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