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KATHLEEN (KATE) CLAIRE MURPHY On the morning of March 30, 2015, Kate passed away at Pinawa Hospital in Pinawa, MB after a lengthy illness. Kate was 65 years old. Kathleen Murphy was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba on May 28, 1949. She was the first child of Winnifred "Peggy" Florence (nee Coyston) and Claude Howard Murphy. Kathleen was an inquisitive, outgoing and sociable little girl growing up in a world of accelerating change after the Second World War. Two sisters and a brother soon followed and Kathy was the natural leader of this gang of four. Another brother followed later, completing the set of five. The three sisters attended, and found a home at, the Convent of the Sacred Heart, where they were able to grow spiritually, intellectually and artistically. Mother Elizabeth Murphy's Glee Club planted a seed in Kathy's mind as she led the girls from the classical and spiritual repertoire of the Convent choir into the 1960s folk rock scene and then into a professional career with a band called Sugar n' Spice. The three young ladies played across Canada and the U.S. and had a wonderful time and some measure of success. Kate was always known to have great intellectual potential as well as being a gifted singer. Her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer was realized at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School in 1981, followed by her articles at the Ontario Attorney General's office. She was admitted to the Ontario Bar Association on April 7, 1983 and became a partner at Toronto's Houser, Henry, Loudon and Syron in February, 1990. It was while Kate was pursuing her law career in Ontario that she met her husband, a forester named Michael Waldram. They were married in Toronto on October 9, 1987. Kate returned to Manitoba with Mike where she became a partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP and Mike managed the Manitoba Model Forest at Pine Falls, MB. Together they made important contributions regarding resource management and aboriginal affairs, some of which have impact on our society to this day. Kate was appointed to the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in May, 2000 and received her Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall in 2005. Kate never fully recovered from the death of her beloved Mike in 2006. Kate was preceded in death by her mother Peggy Murphy; husband Michael Waldram, and brother-in-law Gerry Leger. Kate is survived by her father Dr. Claude Murphy; sisters Maureen (Gerry) and Aileen (Greg); brothers Robert (Anne) and Paul (Barbara); brother-in-law Jim Waldram (Pam); nephews Sean (Robert) and Brady (Aileen); nieces Brittany (Paul), Kaitlin (Jim) and Amara (Jim), as well as her great-niece Laura (Brady and Aleesha). A Celebration of Life will be held for Kate on May 28, 2015 at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 269 Jemima St. in Selkirk, MB at 2:00 p.m. Kate's dear friend Father Robbie McDougall will be the celebrant. Those who are able to attend are asked to confirm at [email protected] Interment will follow alongside her late husband at St. Margaret's Cemetery in Lockport, MB. Our family wishes to thank the caring nurses, staff and Dr. Bruneau at Pinawa Hospital for their warmth and compassion. We also wish to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Rick Lindenschmidt, Kelly and Denise at the Selkirk Medical Centre, Vanessa, Sharon and Diana at Interlake South Health Authority Home Care and Lila, Kate's housekeeper who became a friend to Kate in a very short time. Great thanks are also due to Kate's sister Maureen and her aunt Lynne for their special care and attention to Kate over the last years. "God respects me when I work, but He loves me when I sing" - Rabindranath Tagore Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on April 25, 2015