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Margaret ‘Midge’ Murphy

May 29, 1932 - July 3, 2024

Margaret was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 29, 1932. Growing up alongside her two older brothers, Desmond and Gerald, she could be found spending her summers at one of her favourite places, Coney Island. Margaret became known as Midge to her friends; that name stayed with her. During her teen years, Midge worked at a bakery in Grand Central Station, a tour guide for walking tours in Manhattan, and worked as a model in the garment district and on television. From a young age, Midge was an Irish dancer and became the NY state champion in 1946. Her love for dancing and her passion for trying new things set Midge up to leave home at 18 to pursue dancing professionally. Midge worked at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, where she had the pleasure of working with Frank Sinatra. Perhaps her most important gig as a dancer was as a member of a company where she worked with many of the stars of the era, including Sammy Davis Jr. and Danny Thomas.

While on tour, Midge travelled to Gatineau, Quebec, where she met a handsome musician from the orchestra – Phil. Midge and Phil (d.2022) were married in 1953, and soon after settled in London, Ontario. They loved five children: Chris (Carol), Pat (Kerri), Michelle, Kevin (Barbara), and Laura (Tim Pritchard); nine grandchildren: Amanda, Sandy, Maggie, Eryn, Sara, Mark, Peter, Mara, Austin; and five great-grandchildren.

Midge was always a champion of all musical performances given by Phil or her children. She travelled on all of her children’s high school band and orchestra trips as a chaperone (mostly for Phil), and, was always the adult in the room who remembered to bring along anything that might possibly be needed. Midge never missed an opportunity to cheer her family on, be it sports, dance or musical pursuits. Midge was active in the Garden Club of London for many years and enjoyed arranging and/or pressing flowers from her garden. She maintained her sense of style and design all of her life, looking great in any hat and getting dressed up for all occasions. Midge was a great hostess and loved to entertain; she threw a great party – be it a child’s birthday or for friends and family. She was the ultimate organizer and always had a list ready with chores for the family cleaning day, groceries, or daily tasks. If it needed doing, it was on the list. Midge remained a dancer into her 80s and attended Zumba classes at the Y, where she was often found supporting her classmates with step tips.

Throughout her life, Midge always put others before herself; as a granddaughter who shared her space with her grandmother, as a daughter who helped to support her family, as a wife who enabled her husband’s career, as a mother who put her children’s needs first, and as a grandmother who loved unconditionally. Always ready with a hug and a smile, she will be missed. In lieu of flowers, Midge wishes for you to love each other.

“Miss me a little – but not too long

And not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love that we once shared

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds

Miss me – but let me go”

– “Let Me Go” by Christina Rossetti

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I knew Mrs. Murphy when I was a teenager. I was a clarinet student of her husband and sometimes they would ask me to babysit the kids when they went out. She was always kind and appreciative and I remember that she was very beautiful. I always enjoyed this assignment and the kids were great too. They never gave me any problems. I offer my deepest sympathy to the family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

~ Beverley Olivastri

I was so sorry to hear of Midge’s passing. She was a beautiful and wonderful woman, and always so pleasant with me! She and your father were so encouraging and kind as I studied oboe and didn’t really have an oboe teacher after Don Hyder left London to join the National Ballet Orchestra. Fond memories, for sure. My condolences to all of you! Sincerely, Mary Connolly Taylor

~ Mary Taylor (Connolly)

Dear Chris, Pat, Michelle, Kevin, and Laura, Your parents were the greatest and we were all so lucky to have known them as young people. They enriched all of us and will be fondly remembered. Sorry for your loss, sending thoughts and prayers. Jo 💐❤️

~ Jo-Ann Leavey (CCH)

Dear Michelle, My sincere condolences to you and all your family. What a lovely woman, your mom! We will offer prayers for the repose of her soul and the comfort of your family at Holy Family Divine Mercy prayer group. Now your mom & dad are really making beautiful music in heaven! Sincerely, Theresa (CCH)

~ Theresa Fenik

What a wonderful life ❤️ Sad for you all because missing them is the hardest part , but happy as they all are reunited, I always found comfort in that . Love will follow her always , always in our hearts and thoughts Aunt Midge ❤️ Thinking of you all ❤️

~ Kerry

What a great person she was! I always admired her warmth. I am sure my father was very happy to see her. I remember years ago meeting her with my dad at olph and the amazing light that lit their faces when they saw each other! It was such a beautiful memory for me!! Aunt Midge went straight to the front of the line up there and so many were happy to see her. Take care cousins!

~ Theresa o'mara Mcghee

Michelle so sorry to hear about your mom. I enjoyed every visit I had with her.

~ Judy Wales

For all the days we share, For all the stories you told me, For all the smiles you gave me, For all your advice and teachings. I could only say thank you from the deepest part of my heart. Thank you for letting me care of you, Thank you for showing me your sweet soul, Thank you for letting me know that unconditional love is still possible in this world. Thank you for showing me that the real power of fortitute is in weakness. I will pray for you every day of the rest of my life and I ask God to give me the perseverance to do it. Always in my heart ❤️

~ Luz V