Patrick Murphy, 86, of Two Harbors, died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 in Brooke Manor in Brookston, MN.
Pat was born to Edward and Martina Murphy on November 21, 1934 in Graceville, Minnesota, the youngest of 7 children. In 1953 he was drafted in the Army and spent most of his tour in the artillery in Germany. Upon returning December 31, 1955 he was united in marriage to Mary (Gibson) Murphy. Pat and his brother Leo bought the Barry Liquor Store and Tavern. In 1957, Pat and Mary decided to move on, and settled on their family homestead in rural Two Harbors. He was employed by the DM&IR Railroad in Two Harbors until an economic slowdown, then worked at Reserve Mining in Silver Bay. Later he returned to the railroad where he worked until retiring.
Pat loved hunting and fishing at the family cabin in Brimson. After his family, his true love was his music. He loved singing, playing guitar, fiddle, and harmonica, playing in taverns, events, and nursing homes from Silver Bay to Cloquet and between. He also had a radio show at KAOH in Duluth.
His other interests included his classic cars; a 1929 Ford Model A coupe, and a 1961 Chevy Corvair convertible, his snowmobiles, scooters, and homemade motorbikes, that he had for his kids. He also liked to bend arms (arm wrestling), and was one win away from appearing on ABC Wide World of Sports.
Pat was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and Norshore Classic Car Club.
With all his caring and love for all, we hope he gets a first class ticket to heaven.
Pat is welcomed into heaven by his parents, his wife, Mary; a son, Scott Allen Murphy; grandson, Lance Seeman, and siblings, Bill, Joe, Mary, Jim, Leo, and Bob.
He will be dearly missed by his sons, Steve (Kathy) of Eveleth, Bob (Karen) of Colorado and Todd (Sharon) of Two Harbors; daughters, Debbie (Dennis) Falbo of Rochester, Cheryl (Don) Seeman of Madison, WI, and Kathy (Jerry) Mitchell of Silver Bay; 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Brooke Manor and their staff for the care given to Pat.
Visitation will be from 12 Noon until the 1PM Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Two Harbors. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery