Robert Langley Murphy
May 26 1935 – June 4 2018
“Murphy”, as everyone called him, passed quietly in his home in Huntersville, NC.
He was born in Colorado Springs to William (Bill) and Mary Murphy.
He is survived by two sons Jeff Murphy and wife Lisa along with two grandsons Joshua and Jacob of Matthews, NC and Gregg Murphy and wife Renee of Hiddenite, NC.
Murphy was attracted to motorcycles at an early age in California which led him motocross racing. The “Bultaco “with its stump pulling torque”, was his bike of choice. He “strayed” once and bought a “Rickman”, but back to the “Bultaco” he went!
Like his father, Murphy also worked as a machinist for the Douglas Aircraft Company, He started his own business in the mid 60s called Universal Machinery Works later called Unimac. He earned extra money boring motorcycle cylinders where he earned the nickname “Boring Bob” He later became a master wood craftsman, working on some of his “watering holes” such as TY’s, Stanleyville Grille, Double Door Inn and many projects for friends and associates. His perfectionist background as a machinist carried on to his wood working which showed in everything he crafted. In a teaching manner, he certainly would tell you all about it. Over the years, his hobbies and passions were quite diverse. He enjoyed playing golf, watching golf and he was a formula one racing enthusiast.
Murphy enjoyed being at his second home the Double Door Inn. Mostly, he would show up on Wednesdays and Friday afternoons for happy hour to be with his many friends and to have a “green beer” and/or a “shillelagh” (Bushmills).
Let’s not forget all the fun had by all who knew and loved him. One of his favorite annual events was supporting the Bombers softball team while camping in Valley Crucis, NC during “Rhodo”. There were so many great times. He enjoyed cooking on the campfire while enjoying great music. The entire campground would make a trip up the mountain to the big dance in the apple barn and listen to one of his favorite bands, the Federal Bureau of R&R. Then back down the mountain for more fellowship around the campfire.
Oh how Murphy loved his music! The old and some of the new. Through the years, he knew many of Charlotte’s local musicians and enjoyed supporting them in many ways. He loved them, and they love him.
He was a man you could always trust, a man who would be there for you! All were blessed who got to know him, his time on this earth.
We will always have our memories of his various verbal and facial expressions. You just never knew when his wit or his strong opinions were going to take you....you always would be left laughing and reflecting at the same time. Yes he was opinionated and loved to teach, he would teach even without asking. And then you would realize ....”Wow, I am glad he cared enough to share /teach me that! He truly cared about and loved his many friends. It’s one of his most endearing qualities.
One of Murphy’s longest and dearest friends was Everette Carpenter who Murphy stayed by his side until his passing. The two were spontaneous with no game plan. They just jumped in the car and head out west or wherever the wind blew them. They favored eating at Lupies Café, Chris’ Deli and many others.
We could tell a million stories about Murphy, and there would be a million more.
Murphy’s celebration of life will be at Lupie’s Café on Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, July 15th 2018 at 2:00pm. We hope you will join us to celebrate this man who loved and was so loved by so many.
As your memories roll down your cheek, let the tears fall upon a smile.....remembering!
Donations can be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County
5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Their care & kindness was greatly appreciated.