Tiffany Funeral Home


James "Jim" P. Murphy

Passed away on January 19, 2021

James "Jim" P. Murphy, age 63, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Jim was predeceased by his parents James P. and Joyce (Johnson).

He is survived by his wife Mary M.(Thiel), sister Jan, brother Gus, and nieces and nephews Melissa, Matt, Kevin, Hollie, Rudy and Rachael.

Jim was a graduate and long time employee of MSU and a lifelong student. He had a broad spectrum of pursuits, was an avid reader, and had a music collection with "something to offend everyone". His many artistic interests were balanced by a keen analytical mind making him the epitome of a Renaissance man.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers please plant something in his memory or make a donation to a charity of your choosing.


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Ariel Robbins

February 10, 2021

I only met Jim once but we regularly communicated through email. He was always my go to person for questions and in our interactions, he was always so pleasant and helpful. I was so sad to hear of his passing, his presence will be dearly missed.

Kate (Kit) DePauw-Cuneo

February 9, 2021

I think I may be ready to post. Maybe. I met Jim in the fall of 1976, at Lenny Bruce Co-op in Ann Arbor; I believe he was doing his laundry. Or I was doing mine. Laundry was definitely involved. He slowly but surely became one of the only solid, dependable fixtures in my life. We shared a love of the same types of music, books, movies and Dr. Who, though it took many years for him to convert me to Whomania. I still covet his Dr. Scarf. We both loved practical jokes. Blue milk and dying snow on campus come to mind; food coloring was often involved. Hours long late night phone calls and marathon letter writing sessions became the norm. During the black moments when my foundations shattered around me, he was the one rock I could always rely on to help with the rebuild. His loving, calm, devoted nature made him my lifelong touchstone. He and Mary became a safe harbor from the violent storms I often created for myself. Despite not being terribly religious, they graciously consented to be Godparents to my second born. Jim took the job very seriously, and was her deeply adored Godpapa. His frequent visits to her were red letter days. For 44 years and 4 months, he was always there, my very, very best friend. I always thought that, due to my hairbrained, harum-scarum life, I'd be the one to lead the charge into the next plane. I was wrong, and I dread the coming years in a world without him. In our final phone call, the last words we said to each other were "I love you, dear," "I love you too." I always will. I need to stop now, the world has gone hazy; my eyes and my heart hurt.

Pamela Suino

January 27, 2021

Such fond memories of Jim and Mary. Jim was such a peaceful, loving, and helpful friend. His no-bake cookies and tea lessons to working in the garden with Jim and Mary both. He will be missed and memories cherished. Hugs to Mary and the family and friends.

Sunny Wilkinson

January 26, 2021

I took ceramics classes at Bailey and the Hannah Center with Jim. He was a wonderful potter, a gentle, kind man, and wicked smart. He was always helpful to any young potter who needed words of encouragement or a bit of mentoring. Our clay community is bereft. My condolences to his family.

Erica Phillipich

January 25, 2021

I never met Jim, but I emailed and spoke with him on the phone each fall as he assisted me with a project for all incoming students at MSU. Jim was always so thoughtful and so helpful. My sincere condolences to Jim's family.

Kathleen Miller

January 25, 2021

Jim was a very talented potter and was a part of our East Lansing Dept. of Parks, Rec & Arts program for many, many years. First at the Bailey Community Center and then later at the Hannah Community Center. He donated many pieces of art to our program and was well liked by so many. Peace be with him.

Nancy Corrigan

January 24, 2021

Mary Murphy

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Mary Murphy

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Mary Murphy

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