Robert Henry « Murph » Murphy
Murphy, Robert (Bob) Henry « Murph » – Age 76, Truro, son of the late Carolyn Davison, passed away at home on June 4, 2021. Murph will be missed by many. He was known for his affinities for music, baseball, storytelling, literature and laughter.
He started his music career with a local band out of Parrsboro called the “Untouchables” and shortly thereafter, the band “Stitch in Tyme”. In the fall of 1965, the local band packed their bags and headed to Toronto becoming a regular fixture on the Toronto music scene. They signed their first record deal in early 1966. One of the many highlights for this group was playing at the opening of Expo ’67.
In 1969, Murph became part of a Nova Scotia rock band, “SOMA” taking the Toronto nightlife by storm. SOMA opened for many high profile acts including Chicago, Santana as well as Sly and the Family Stone. Many of his band members described Murph as one of the most creative people they have ever met.
By the mid – 1970’s, Bob had shifted his interest to country music and formed the band Bob Murphy and Big Buffalo. This talented group signed a record deal with RCA Canada and had many top chart hits including their top single “Home Folks” which hit #1 on the charts in 1978. Murph spent time in the Nashville scene, including time at the Grand Ole Opry.
In addition to his love and appreciation for excellent music and movies, Murph was a sportsman enjoying golf, hockey, fishing, hunting, world politics, practicing his culinary touch and of course, baseball. During Murph’s long history with baseball, he most notably contributed to players, umpires, coaches and executives throughout Canada. He was best known as the Fundy Director for Baseball Nova Scotia. His local teams included the Bible Hill Black Sox of the senior league, NSAC Rams and the Intermediate Champions Castlereagh Black Sox. He was co-founder of the B.N.S. Hall of Fame. He oversaw its opening ceremony at the Stellarton Museum of Industry. It was among his proudest moments in sports leadership. He played a founding role in the development of university baseball as secretary of the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association.
No funeral service by request and a celebration of life will be held at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Robert Henry Murph
Murphy 1944 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Truro, Province: Nova Scotia