Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


David Michael James Murphy

September 28, 1988June 24, 2020

David Michael James Murphy was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 28th 1988 to parents George Murphy and Sian Iles. At 31, a decade after his initial diagnosis with glioblastoma, David passed away on the evening of June 24 at home with his family by his side.

Born and raised in Halifax, David moved with his mother to Cape Breton where he completed high school as Caper Dave, graduating in 2006 from Sydney Academy. After a brief tour across Australia, Bali, and New Zealand, Dave started his journey westward, first stop, Quebec. Dave arrived at Bishop's University to study philosophy and play rugby, but soon found a brotherhood that would remain his lifelong friends, a self-described pack of strays that includes Bruce, Jamie, Paul, Gab, and Frank. Dave suffered a concussion in fall 2010 which led to his diagnosis with brain cancer. Treatment abruptly cut short Dave’s stay in Lennoxville, but the Bishop boys remained a tight pack.

Throughout his life, whether tree planting in Ontario, living and working in Port MacNeil on Vancouver Island, or settled back in the Scotian coastal community of Blandford where he built his farm, home, and family, Dave could always be found near a forest, ocean, or both, with faithful dogs, Winston, Teddy, and Cora at his side. He was a proud father, farmer, medical marijuana cultivator and advocate, and member of the Blandford volunteer fire department.

In the last months of his life, Dave was happiest when spending time with his family and friends including Bruce, Erin, Matthew, Jillian, Kate, Lesley, Catherine, Dior, Ben, and especially his son, James.

David will be forever remembered by mother Sian, father George (Kathy), and sister Allison, son James and his mother Catherine Hart, Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, and his extended family - chosen and kin alike.

We also would like to thank Mrs. Neva Baker who cared for David as one of her family and helped make his life in Blandford possible. We could not have had a kinder or better neighbour. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in honour of Dave to Blandford & Area Fire Rescue, 30 Firehall Rd, Hubbards NS B0J 1T0.

Special thanks to Bruce Thomson who spent many weeks with David, helping care for him in his last months, an invaluable support both to David and his family. We also would like to acknowledge the exemplary care given to David throughout his illness by Dr Mary MacNeil.

A small memorial is planned for the summer of 2021.

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Matthias Schmidt

August 5, 2020

What an excellent person David was! It seems he packed several lives into his one lifetime. He was much loved and will be missed by his many friends and his devoted family, who were with him all the way. My heart goes out to you in your sorrow over his loss.

With deepest sympathy,


Kiran Sharma

August 1, 2020

I had the privilege of being your babysitter. You were always so kind, funny, loved reading and enjoyed chatting. Over the years we became friends. So thank you for being you! I wish you had more time on this earth. You will be missed! ❤️

Lauren Fiamelli

July 29, 2020

Dave, I feel lucky to have known you during our time at Bishop's. You have a special and unique energy that makes people feel comfortable and at ease. A true East Coaster!

Your smile will always be missed. Thank you for the memories. <3

Lauren Kucera

July 28, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Dave at Bishop’s University. He was a Gaitor through and through! You would never see him without a smile. He was so positive, loving, encouraging and lived everyday with such passion.

He was one of the good ones and I send all of my love and condolences to his loved ones. I know he will be incredibly missed by all.

Sharon O'Driscoll

July 28, 2020

Dr. Iles:

I am so very sorry for the recent loss of your son. It is never easy to lose a loved one and my heart goes out to you and your family. How proud you must be of all his accomplishments in such a short time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


William Gilbert

July 27, 2020

Dave was a genuinely good person.

On my first day a BU he invited me to rugby practice welcoming me like an old friend.

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Morgan Hunter

July 27, 2020

I met Dave during my first year university, he was a year older than me. He was the guy that was nice to every single person he came into contact with. He was always smiling, laughing and making you included. He was a wonderful, happy human being. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Thank you for all the happiness you brought into the world Dave.

Ashlee Coello

July 25, 2020

I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of meeting Dave at Bishop's in 2007. I distinctly remember his outgoing personality and how everyone he encountered just instantly fell in love with him. "Have you met Dave?" Was a phrase I heard numerous times throughout orientation week. He made such a lasting impression on so many people and his beautiful soul is something I'll never forget. My condolences to his family, friends, and all who had a connection with him. Dave will be missed dearly.

Jeff Farrell

July 25, 2020

I met Dave playing rugby at Bishop's and was immediately struck by his charming charisma and joyous sense of humour. He could brighten any room and was loved by all who met him. Many fond memories of hard work, and fun celebrations together.
My sincere condolences to the whole family.

Elizabeth Morin-Lessard

July 25, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Sian and George for the loss of your son, Dave. It is clear that he was so loved by family and friends.

Being myself an "old" friend of Dave from Bishop's University, I'll always have great memories of our friendship. I have met Dave Day 1 of university, since we were both in the same group during Frosh Week. Needless to say, we had many many good times together, from tanning with Jamie and the girls somewhere in the woods of Lennoxville, all the way to having deep philosophical conversations around a greasy brunch at Pizzaville, or sitting on the couch at Animal House, and of course partying. Dave gave the *best* sweaty hugs after dancing the night away on the dancefloor at the Lion!! Haha. We loved talking about our travels, and life's ups and downs in general.

Although I wish I would have been better at visiting Dave after graduating from BU, we kept in touch over the years and it was always so nice to hear how he created a life for himself that he loved (growing his own food, medical cannabis, and doing some solid farming!) and was doing all he could to lead the happiest of lives. Every time we talked more recently, he would always send me pictures of his son James - he was a really proud father. To answer my question "How are you?!", he'd simply say "Life is good! Dad times and getting older". And really, getting older and living our best life with the ones we love is really what she should all be striving to do, just like Dave did.

I'll remember Dave as a great guy who has climbed some of the tallest actual (Kilimanjaro!) and figurative mountains. He had such a great laughter (I can still hear it!), and would make everyone laugh and feel welcome. Raising a thousand and more toasts to you, Dave. Love you forever! xxxx - Liz

PS. I am attaching a picture of Dave and I doing what we did best together - laughing! The picture is dated October 31, 2009, and must have been one of the many nights of "Halloweekend" at Bishop's.


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