By J. Brock (FINN)
Reverend Canon JOHN GERVASE MAURICE WALKER (Gerry) LVO, 87, an extra Chaplin to HM Queen Elizabeth II, died peacefully at home on Ringstead Road, Heacham on January 7th, 2014.
Gerry Murphy was born in Bangor County Down, Northern Ireland on 20 August 1926. He went to Trinity College, Dublin, and was ordained a deacon in 1952 and a priest in 1954. He graduated with a BA and became MA three years later. For three years, until 1955, he was curate of Lurgan. Then he became a chaplain to the Forces, serving in Korea, Malaya, Aden and Cyprus.
It was while the fullback was playing for Dublin University, he won his first cap - Ireland vs South Africa at Lansdowne Road on 8 December 1951 The following spring, he was one of two novice priests playing for Ireland; and won caps for Ireland against Scotland and Wales and in 1954 represented his country against the All Blacks. In 1958, while playing for London Irish, he was capped against Wales. The last test was Ireland vs Wales at Lansdowne Road on 15 March 1958. Between 1973 and 1975, he was assistant Chaplain-General to the British Army of the Rhine. In his final army posting, he was assistant Chaplain-General for the armys south-east district, based at Aldershot.
Appointed Household Chaplain at Sandringham in 1979, Rev Canon Murphy hosted the evangelist, Billy Graham while HM the Queen was in residence. He reported later that she was thrilled by Rev Grahams preaching. He later came to the Falklands in late 1987 until early 1991, when he accepted an appointment to be the Queens Chaplain at the Tower of London.
It was while at University that he Met Joy Livermore. The couple married and had five daughters, Marian, Desiree, Nicola, Geraldine and Felicity. He was the proud and devoted grandfather of Thomas, St. John, Felicity, Nicholas, Eliza, Francis, Isaac, Jude, Georgia, Lily, Ethan, Timothy, Maxim, Joseph, Guillermo, Gabriela, and Hugh, loving foster grandfather of Dion, Shauna and Poppy, thankful father-in-law of Larry, Jamie, Gary, Stuart and Javier.
Gerry Murphys funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21st at St Mary's Church, Heacham, Norfolk, PE31 7HH. Donations for the church or flowers are welcome to John Lincoln Funeral Directors, 40 Greevegate, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6AG.