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Death of Dr Michael Murphy


WELL known local campaigner Dr Michael Murphy has died following a short illness.

He was an active member of Warrington and District Arts Council, Warrington Civic Society, St Mary’s RC Church and the Warrington Club to name but a few.

Michael had a passion for local history studying for an MA in Victorian Literature at the University of Liverpool in 2010 and an MA in Victorian History at the University of Manchester in 2013.

He was well travelled having lived in Italy, South Africa, Gibraltar and London before moving to Warrington in 2008. He became an active member of Warrington Civic Society campaigning on local issues.

His family announced his death, at home yesterday Wednesday  (April 11) , following a short illness. He was found lying peacefully in bed at 8 p.m. Funeral and Memorial Service details to follow.

Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid paid tribute to Michael saying: “I am absolutely shocked to hear this said news.

“Michael was a great man and worked in Warrington hard for many years. I was also working with him on a project and found him very passionate for Warrington.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

Michael is pictured in The Pavilion at St. Elphin’s Park enjoying tea and cakes last Sunday.


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Experienced journalist for more than 35 years. Managing Director of magazine publishing group with six in-house titles and on-line daily newspaper for Warrington. Experienced writer, photographer, PR consultant and media expert having written for local, regional and national newspapers. Specialties: PR, media, social networking, photographer, networking, advertising, sales, media crisis management. Patron Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Trustee Warrington Disability Partnership. Former Chairman of Warrington Town FC.


  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at Warrington Civic Society and while we didn’t always agree on certain issues his passion for Warrington was never in doubt. We had many interesting conversations over the past few years and I know he will be sadly missed by many people. He was one of life’s great characters. RIP Michael

  2. Deeply saddened to hear this news

    A treasured family friend for over 40 years. One could always rely upon and trust his sage advice
    A true Christain; he was always available to listen and to help

    Many good pints sank and meals were partaken of in the UK and America
    A born raconteur, a bon vivant and the most knowledgeable soul one could come across…

    ” While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil ”

    May He Rest In Peace

    Tom D’Arcy & Family

    April 2018


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