Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Our Dad… J. Gregory Murphy Returned to spirit on Saturday, November 22. 

He shared a special life long love of Orchids and all things beautiful including music, with his loving wife and companion of 51 years, Sandy (The Orchid Lady).


Greg & Sandy took over of MN's Longest running retail flowershop and greenhouse complex fall of 1992, renaming this to Crystal Lake Floral Design & Orchids By Murphy where they flourished with the Orchids.  Greg was a founder and last surviving charter member of the Minnesota Orchid Society.  He spent most of his life in service to others, whether it was with OSM or through his work as a CPA, at Orchids by Murphy Greenhouses helping folks with their Orchid Plants, or with his untiring service to Rotary International. 



Greg was an active member of the St. Louis Park Rotary Club.  For many years served as Rotary District 5950 Treasurer, and was the recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award for his professional excellence and service.

Greg had severe polio as a child.  he often would tell me, "One day in kindergarten I could not get up".   His father,  Dr. Ignatius Murphy, a pioneering MD who in 1914, founded the 'Minnesota Public Health Association', what we know today as the MN dept of health...  as well as the founder of the Minnesota Radiological Society  a person that put himself through Harvard Medical School cutting Timber in Bayfield Wisconsin. Dr Murphy knew of Sister Kenny’s work in Australia successfully treating polio victims.  Dr. Murphy arranged to have Sister Kenny come to Minnesota where Greg was her first patient treated in the United States.  When Sister Kenny returned to Australia, she sent Greg a letter inviting him to come to Australia to see the kangaroos.  He didn’t get a chance to go, as WWII broke out.  We have the letter and documents. When I find them I will post them, send copies to the MN historical society as well as send them to the Sister Kenny Institute



Greg is preceded in death by his loving wife, Sandra (Zinken) Murphy, his parents Dr. Ignatius and Marion Murphy,  brothers and sisters Ignatius John Murphy, Delores Marie Murphy Hoglund, Marion Virginia Murphy Newcome, Muriel Elaine Murphy Olson, and Edward Dennis Murphy.  He will be deeply missed by son, Phillip, daughter Shannon, granddaughters, nieces, nephews, cousins and and everyone he touched in his life.

Please join our family as we come together to celebrate Greg’s life on Saturday, December 6, 1:00-4:00 pm, at the Orchids By Murphy greenhouse location, a place he and our mother so dearly loved


Orchids By Murphy, 1420 Dowling Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55412. 612-588-1800