Hon. Kenneth C. Murphy, QC, LLB’51

Born in Dunblane, Scotland, on July 15, 1922, Ken passed away in Victoria on April 19, 2014, with his wife of 30 years, Jane, at his side. Ken joined the RCAF in 1941, and after being discharged, attended Victoria College from 1946 to 1948. In 1953 he joined Harman and Company, subsequently becoming senior partner at Harman MacKenzie Sloan and Murphy. From 1953 to 1969, he served as the Saanich prosecutor and also as a defence lawyer. He represented trade unions and companies in the labour law field and was a labour arbitrator. He served as president of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Victoria Bar Association, as returning officer for Oak Bay constituency, and as director of the Victoria Golf Club and CJVI Radio Station. He held memberships in the Oak Bay Police Commission, the National Council of the Canadian Bar Association of the Provincial Council of the BC branch, and the University of Victoria Board of Governors. Ken took a great interest in young people, coaching Little League baseball and managing the YMCA Swim Team. He was a great role model for younger lawyers and judges. In 1981 he was the first Victoria lawyer appointed a judge of the County Court of Vancouver Island since 1963 and in 1990 he was appointed a Supreme Court justice. After retiring in 1997, he served as a mediator until 2002. In 1999 he served as adjudicator for the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner. Ken was a member of the Union Club of BC, and an avid golfer and member at the Victoria Golf Club for 47 years, where he once had a “single digit” handicap. He loved golfing, hiking and travelling the world with Jane. Ken is survived by Jane; his children, Lynn, Lloyd, Susan and Steve; stepsons Tony and Shaun; and by 15 grandchildren, 12 great‑grandchildren and one great‑great‑grandchild. Ken had a wonderful and often subtle sense of humour and was a gentle man. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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