Vale Jim Murphy

johnboy 26 May 2011 30

The ABC reports that local business magnate and wine merchant Jim Murphy has passed away following liver surgery.

For a man who imbibed so freely of his product it was always likely to be liver, kidneys or heart.

I didn’t know Jim Murphy well, but I had met him a few times.

He ran good businesses built on looking after his customers and he employed a lot of people.

He gave generously to the arts and had the best private collection of indigenous art I’ve ever seen.

He was heavily involved in politics on the conservative side and gave prodigious sums of money to support his chosen causes.

Jim Murphy believed passionately in Canberra and in its economic development.

While many might disagree with how he sought to improve the city few can question his devotion or commitment to Canberra.

My greatest disappointment is none of his peculiar television ads appear to have survived on YouTube.

We’re poorer for his passing.

(If anyone has a picture of Jim we can use please send it in to images@the-riotact.com )


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Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 11:39 pm 30 May 11

RIP Jim! I used to see him regularly at Kingston before I moved out of the area and started frequenting his brother Dan LOL. We used to always laugh at his “Hello Jim Murphy” TV ads because it sounded like he was saying hello to himself.

You were a real Canberra institution and you will be missed!

To everyone being little bitches about him, grow the hell up. It’s amazing that even in a Vale thread, people still need to nit pick and harp on about the negatives of someone. Top work.

breda breda 9:36 pm 30 May 11

schmeah said:

LOL! I’m a teetotaller, so I doubt I would say anything of the kind. Oh, and if he had of actually looked after his health – like, those who don’t drink tend to do for example, then I doubt I would be here saying anything about him at all.

I wouldn’t call what I said ‘gloating’ and as far has his political opinions go .. I couldn’t care either way.

All I, and others have said, was that he made his fortune selling alcohol to the masses .. which, when consumed regularly and frequently tends to not end very nicely for those involved.
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Just keep LOL-ing away in the context of someone’s death. It makes you look like such a big, smart person.

Since ‘selling alcohol to the masses’ is such a no-no for you, will you be picketing his outlets? Or the VB or XXXX breweries? Or, is it just comfy to snipe from your computer against a dead man? You are a creep.

Had lunch on Friday with friends and (inter alia) a bottle of Jim Murphy 2004 Clare Valley shiraz. Damn good. We had a toast to Jim, although none of us were his political supporters. It was a very nice wine, he believed in Canberra, and, ‘for the good times”.

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 9:55 pm 27 May 11

RIP Jim

bjnetzone bjnetzone 4:27 pm 27 May 11

Schmeah and fgzk, you pathetic trolls. You obviously didn’t know the man.
Jim was one of the nicest and most charitable people I have ever had the privilege of knowing, and contrary to your stupid-arse assumption, he didn’t “drink like a fish”.
How about you two get off your keyboards and attempt even one one-hundredth of the charity that Jim showed every day. Oh, that’s right, you can’t, because you’re both snide little incapables. Grow the hell up, you pathetic human trash.

mouthface mouthface 3:16 pm 27 May 11

GottaLoveCanberra said :

schmeah said :

breda said :

“All I, and others have said, was that he made his fortune selling alcohol to the masses .. which, when consumed regularly and frequently tends to not end very nicely for those involved.

WTF.
Since when is a seller of goods responsible for how those who purchase said goods use them?

dpm said :

schmeah said :

breda said :

Another drug dealer dead from his own gear.

couldn’t agree more .. given than he was as big as a truck and made his fortune off selling alcohol to the masses, then it really shouldn’t be any surprise that he succumb to something like liver / kidney / heart problems. I hear these problems tend to go hand in glove with drinking like a fish.”

The vicious and mean-spirited tone of these cat’s bum mouth comments over someone’s death are only rivalled by their lack of logic. If he had been a teetotaller, you would be cursing him for for being a heartless purveyor of misery who was too smart to use his own products.

He lived the way he wanted to, was a productive and engaged member of the community, and was a character in an often grey and boring polity. I’m sure he never wasted a second wondering if he should have spent his time chewing mung beans and working out at the gym instead of lunching long, well and often.

I didn’t agree with most of his political views, but that hardly makes him a bad person who deserved to die. He would never have smirked over someone’s demise just because he didn’t agree with their politics or because they didn’t live the same way he did.

Gloating over his death is repulsive. I just hope that his friends and family do not see these comments.

LOL! I’m a teetotaller, so I doubt I would say anything of the kind. Oh, and if he had of actually looked after his health – like, those who don’t drink tend to do for example, then I doubt I would be here saying anything about him at all.

I wouldn’t call what I said ‘gloating’ and as far has his political opinions go .. I couldn’t care either way.

All I, and others have said, was that he made his fortune selling alcohol to the masses .. which, when consumed regularly and frequently tends to not end very nicely for those involved.

(1) I think breda was trying to say that if JM was a teetotaler selling alcohol, people would be horrified. You being a teetotaler (who ‘looks after his health’ and does not sell alcohol) doesn’t make much sense as a comparison regarding you ‘saying anything of the kind’?
(2) Perhaps RA should set up a weekly thread where all those who (we assume) died through lifestyle choices can be listed, so people ‘who look after their health’ can come along and post a few tutt, tutt messages each week. It may become a public health initiative and get people to change their ways!

Surely, if you haven’t got anything nice to say about an individuals death, then don’t say anything. It would be better if you posted a general thread about poor lifestyle choices, and not used one person’s death as your soapbox of righteousness. It’s just poor taste, IMO. For example, if you had of posted a note on the chronic disease prevention press release, and then encouraged people to look into it, people might have been more supportive of that post?

Wow what a strange thread.. really this is just silly. Everybody dies, and that includes teetotallers, non smokers, people who go to the gym regularly etc etc. Get over yourselves!

GottaLoveCanberra GottaLoveCanberra 2:21 pm 27 May 11

schmeah said :

breda said :

“All I, and others have said, was that he made his fortune selling alcohol to the masses .. which, when consumed regularly and frequently tends to not end very nicely for those involved.

WTF.
Since when is a seller of goods responsible for how those who purchase said goods use them?

Beserk Keyboard Warrior Beserk Keyboard Warrior 1:57 pm 27 May 11

Jim Murphy trending on twitter! I have now truly seen it all.

dpm dpm 1:37 pm 27 May 11

schmeah said :

breda said :

Another drug dealer dead from his own gear.

couldn’t agree more .. given than he was as big as a truck and made his fortune off selling alcohol to the masses, then it really shouldn’t be any surprise that he succumb to something like liver / kidney / heart problems. I hear these problems tend to go hand in glove with drinking like a fish.”

The vicious and mean-spirited tone of these cat’s bum mouth comments over someone’s death are only rivalled by their lack of logic. If he had been a teetotaller, you would be cursing him for for being a heartless purveyor of misery who was too smart to use his own products.

He lived the way he wanted to, was a productive and engaged member of the community, and was a character in an often grey and boring polity. I’m sure he never wasted a second wondering if he should have spent his time chewing mung beans and working out at the gym instead of lunching long, well and often.

I didn’t agree with most of his political views, but that hardly makes him a bad person who deserved to die. He would never have smirked over someone’s demise just because he didn’t agree with their politics or because they didn’t live the same way he did.

Gloating over his death is repulsive. I just hope that his friends and family do not see these comments.

LOL! I’m a teetotaller, so I doubt I would say anything of the kind. Oh, and if he had of actually looked after his health – like, those who don’t drink tend to do for example, then I doubt I would be here saying anything about him at all.

I wouldn’t call what I said ‘gloating’ and as far has his political opinions go .. I couldn’t care either way.

All I, and others have said, was that he made his fortune selling alcohol to the masses .. which, when consumed regularly and frequently tends to not end very nicely for those involved.

(1) I think breda was trying to say that if JM was a teetotaler selling alcohol, people would be horrified. You being a teetotaler (who ‘looks after his health’ and does not sell alcohol) doesn’t make much sense as a comparison regarding you ‘saying anything of the kind’?
(2) Perhaps RA should set up a weekly thread where all those who (we assume) died through lifestyle choices can be listed, so people ‘who look after their health’ can come along and post a few tutt, tutt messages each week. It may become a public health initiative and get people to change their ways!

Surely, if you haven’t got anything nice to say about an individuals death, then don’t say anything. It would be better if you posted a general thread about poor lifestyle choices, and not used one person’s death as your soapbox of righteousness. It’s just poor taste, IMO. For example, if you had of posted a note on the chronic disease prevention press release, and then encouraged people to look into it, people might have been more supportive of that post?

schmeah schmeah 1:16 pm 27 May 11

Oh and can I just add, the the Chief Minister’s media release on JM was quickly followed by one on chronic disease preventionon relating to heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Seems a bit tongue in cheek really.

schmeah schmeah 1:09 pm 27 May 11

breda said :

Another drug dealer dead from his own gear.

couldn’t agree more .. given than he was as big as a truck and made his fortune off selling alcohol to the masses, then it really shouldn’t be any surprise that he succumb to something like liver / kidney / heart problems. I hear these problems tend to go hand in glove with drinking like a fish.”

The vicious and mean-spirited tone of these cat’s bum mouth comments over someone’s death are only rivalled by their lack of logic. If he had been a teetotaller, you would be cursing him for for being a heartless purveyor of misery who was too smart to use his own products.

He lived the way he wanted to, was a productive and engaged member of the community, and was a character in an often grey and boring polity. I’m sure he never wasted a second wondering if he should have spent his time chewing mung beans and working out at the gym instead of lunching long, well and often.

I didn’t agree with most of his political views, but that hardly makes him a bad person who deserved to die. He would never have smirked over someone’s demise just because he didn’t agree with their politics or because they didn’t live the same way he did.

Gloating over his death is repulsive. I just hope that his friends and family do not see these comments.

LOL! I’m a teetotaller, so I doubt I would say anything of the kind. Oh, and if he had of actually looked after his health – like, those who don’t drink tend to do for example, then I doubt I would be here saying anything about him at all.

I wouldn’t call what I said ‘gloating’ and as far has his political opinions go .. I couldn’t care either way.

All I, and others have said, was that he made his fortune selling alcohol to the masses .. which, when consumed regularly and frequently tends to not end very nicely for those involved.

Sammy Sammy 1:05 pm 27 May 11

Channel 9 have issued a press release: Richard Wilkins saddened by the passing of prominent nationwide liquor retailer Dan Murphy.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:15 pm 27 May 11

PS: Good eulogy JB.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:14 pm 27 May 11

breda said :

“The vicious and mean-spirited tone of these cat’s bum mouth comments over someone’s death are only rivalled by their lack of logic. If he had been a teetotaller, you would be cursing him for for being a heartless purveyor of misery who was too smart to use his own products.

He lived the way he wanted to, was a productive and engaged member of the community, and was a character in an often grey and boring polity. I’m sure he never wasted a second wondering if he should have spent his time chewing mung beans and working out at the gym instead of lunching long, well and often.

I didn’t agree with most of his political views, but that hardly makes him a bad person who deserved to die. He would never have smirked over someone’s demise just because he didn’t agree with their politics or because they didn’t live the same way he did.

Gloating over his death is repulsive. I just hope that his friends and family do not see these comments.

+1

housebound housebound 11:15 am 27 May 11

neanderthalsis said :

johnboy said :

Deref said :

The Liberal Party will mourn the passing of his generosity.

well, he did split with them at the last election to run his own stable of tories.

Although his stable of tories were more liberal (note the lowercase L) and were closer to the true Liberal values rather than the Christian Conservatism that has taken root in the current batch of ACT Libs.

And although most of this so-called stable was in place as a poliitical party well before he came along with his money – and although Murphy’s money funded only the advertising costs of two candidates rather than the party itself. That leaves a stable of one independent candidate who probably could be described as rather Tory.

johnboy johnboy 11:15 am 27 May 11

apparently he’d been hitting the gym every morning for the last five years.

breda breda 11:12 am 27 May 11

” Another drug dealer dead from his own gear.

couldn’t agree more .. given than he was as big as a truck and made his fortune off selling alcohol to the masses, then it really shouldn’t be any surprise that he succumb to something like liver / kidney / heart problems. I hear these problems tend to go hand in glove with drinking like a fish.”

The vicious and mean-spirited tone of these cat’s bum mouth comments over someone’s death are only rivalled by their lack of logic. If he had been a teetotaller, you would be cursing him for for being a heartless purveyor of misery who was too smart to use his own products.

He lived the way he wanted to, was a productive and engaged member of the community, and was a character in an often grey and boring polity. I’m sure he never wasted a second wondering if he should have spent his time chewing mung beans and working out at the gym instead of lunching long, well and often.

I didn’t agree with most of his political views, but that hardly makes him a bad person who deserved to die. He would never have smirked over someone’s demise just because he didn’t agree with their politics or because they didn’t live the same way he did.

Gloating over his death is repulsive. I just hope that his friends and family do not see these comments.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 10:57 am 27 May 11

LeatherJen said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

LeatherJen said :

What a shame, he was a lovely man.

You obviously didn’t have any business dealings with him.

Do you really think successful business people get ahead by rolling over on deals and being wimps?

No.

colourful sydney racing identity said :

LeatherJen said :

What a shame, he was a lovely man.

You obviously didn’t have any business dealings with him.

I still maintain he was a lovely man.

And I maintain he wasn’t.

LeatherJen LeatherJen 10:40 am 27 May 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

LeatherJen said :

What a shame, he was a lovely man.

You obviously didn’t have any business dealings with him.

Do you really think successful business people get ahead by rolling over on deals and being wimps? Of course he played hard. I still maintain he was a lovely man.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:20 am 27 May 11

johnboy said :

Deref said :

The Liberal Party will mourn the passing of his generosity.

well, he did split with them at the last election to run his own stable of tories.

Although his stable of tories were more liberal (note the lowercase L) and were closer to the true Liberal values rather than the Christian Conservatism that has taken root in the current batch of ACT Libs.

dpm dpm 9:51 am 27 May 11

schmeah said :

fgzk said :

Another drug dealer dead from his own gear.

couldn’t agree more .. given than he was as big as a truck and made his fortune off selling alcohol to the masses, then it really shouldn’t be any surprise that he succumb to something like liver / kidney / heart problems. I hear these problems tend to go hand in glove with drinking like a fish.

Um, that’s why JB said: ‘For a man who imbibed so freely of his product it was always likely to be liver, kidneys or heart.’…..

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