Auburn Journal, The (CA) - Sunday, July 16, 2017
Paul graduated from Burbank High School in 1960. He married his sweetheart Diane Guinaugh, on July 25, 1964 at St. Finbar Church in Burbank, Calif. They moved to Northern Calif. in 1969, and he launched Paul Murphy Distributing in 1972, selling auto parts to dedicated customers in territories ranging from Sacramento to Yuba City, Marysville, and Reno, Nev.
His family describes him as ever smiling. He had a silly sense of humor, a quiet joy, a genuine care for the great outdoors, and a loving and forgiving spirit. He built their Grass Valley home on five acres, creating beautiful grounds, vegetable, and flower gardens and orchards, sharing the bounty with family and community. He was a godly man, devoted to family, and enjoyed water and snow skiing, fishing, tennis and golf. Paul was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and then St. Teresa of Avila in Auburn.
Many may remember his uncanny ability to turn any word or phrase into a song. It seems fitting that one of his favorite songs at the end of his life was "How Can I Keep From Singing?"
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane (Guinaugh) Murphy, three children: Greg, Sally and Katie, and four grandchildren: Carter, Brenna, Jake, and Tanner. He is further survived by his brother Jimmy, sisters Annie Aiton and Bette Hamer, brother Jack and sister-in-law Cindy (Gorman), brother-in-law John Guinaugh and sisters-in-law Nicki (Pepperell) and Carole (Roberts), as well as many beloved nephews and nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 11600 Atwood Rd. Auburn, CA 95603 to honor Paul; reception immediately following. Wear bright colors, as Paul was a bright light to all who knew him.
A special thank you to all of Paul's family, friends and neighbors, for your beautiful prayers, encouragement, and love through this time. Thank you to Folsom Fire Department, Sutter Care at Home Hospice Roseville, and Paul's niece, Nancy Pailing, for your supportive care of Paul in his last days.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity, or Sutter Care at Home Hospice (Gift processing, P.O. Box 166045, Sacramento, CA 95833). As an alternative, plant a garden, sing songs, measure rainfall, make food from scratch and share with loved ones. In short, live simply and laugh often, in memory of Paul. Diane says, "I'll see you in my dreams... until we meet again!"