Gerald “Jerry” Patrick Murphy passed away peacefully at home on November 11 with his wife and daughter at his side.
Jerry was born to Denis and Katherine Murphy in San Francisco on June 5, 1942, the youngest of their eight children. He grew up in San Francisco’s mission district and went on to attend the University of San Francisco. He served in the Army Reserves before beginning his professional career in the import/export business at Arthur Fritz & Co.
Jerry later launched his own company, Murphy Shipping Inc. In addition, he did port consulting with his Port Services Inc. His was a leader in the import/export industry serving many roles such as President of Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Assn of Washington State, President and Co-Founder of the Pacific Coast Council of Brokers and Freight Forwarders, Board Member National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assn.
Jerry met and wed the love of his life, Jane Ann Harrington, in San Francisco in 1976. They later moved to Magnolia, and their greatest joy, daughter Katherine “Katie” Marie was born. The family moved to Mercer Island, where Katie was raised. When Jerry retired, they moved to Fairwood Greens, where Jerry hoped to spend lots of time on the golf course. Unfortunately, at that same time, Jerry was diagnosed with his first of 3 major cancer diagnoses, all of which he valiantly fought and overcame. He spent the last seven years fighting hard against other health problems with a “dream team” of caregivers at Swedish hospital for whom his family will be forever grateful.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Jane, and his beloved daughter, Kate. He has one surviving sibling, Jean McKevitt of San Francisco and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws , all whom he loved dearly.
Due to travel complications associated with Covid, a Memorial Mass and Celebration of Jerry’s life will be held after the holidays, so that his many extended family members and friends will be able to attend. Details to follow.
The family asks that remembrances be made to the John L. Locke Jr. Advanced Cardiac Support Program at Swedish Hospital.