John Murphy will be sadly missed

John Murphy will be sadly missed

Our friend in Piggs Peak, John Lovett, recently wrote to us about attending Speech and Prize Day at Fundukuwela High School. “Both Phillip (the principal) and the deputy spoke at some length and with much appreciation about the contributions that Hampton has made and continues to make to the school.  The Minister of Education and the local Member of Parliament made a presentation of several books to be added to the library (Tyler Henderson Library). It was especially touching that Phillip spoke about John Murphy, the mural he painted on the wall of the building as you enter the school and the month he spent here painting classrooms. He then asked everyone to stand in a moment of silence in memory of John. I think the people of Hampton would be touched by this gesture of respect to one of their own from people on this other side of the world”

All of us involved with the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, John Murphy. The Swazis use a word, “buntfu” (or “ubuntu” in South Africa). It describes the essence of humanity or, simply, being human.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said “a person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed…. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality you are known for your generosity.” More than anyone I know, John Murphy represented buntfu in our community and in our Partnership. John… and his fundamental humanity… will be greatly missed.

I will leave the last words to John Lovett who refers to John Murphy’s interconnectedness and adds his own words of condolence: “John touched many lives in Hampton and he also touched the lives of many here in Swaziland.  In a tangible way he left his mark with his painting on the small building at Fundukuwela.  That will remain as one part of his legacy.  In less tangible but just as important ways, he left a greater legacy with his mark on the hearts and in the minds of many of my Swazi friends.  A big part of John stays with us.”

On Saturday, October 17 at 7 pm in the Hampton High School Theatre, Sue Lanteigne will be presenting a concert featuring the contemporary music of violinist Sean Kemp. Tickets are $10 and are available at Kredl’s, Hampton Pharmasave, or by contacting Sue at 832-4981. Profits will go to the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership.

 

John Murphy will be sadly missed