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 firstname.lastname@example.org )