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Remembering John Arther Murphy


Annual walk-run honours late community volunteer, activist

ANTIGONISH, N.S. —

Another successful John Arther Murphy Memorial Walk-Run crossed the finish line earlier this month (Aug. 10) in St. Joseph’s, Antigonish County.    

“We are really pleased,” Donnie Stewart, one of the organizers, said as the medal presentations were taking place in the gazebo of the St. Joseph’s Lakeside Community Centre.    

The walk-run, which has also coincided with a breakfast fundraiser for the community facility over the past three years, is named in honour of the well-known volunteer and activist, who was front-and-centre to help with the inaugural event.    

After his passing before the second walk-run, organizers decided it would be fitting to name the community gathering after him.    

“He would be really excited,” Murphy’s eldest daughter, Flora, said after the most recent one, noting her father “loved when people came together.”    

She added the “energy and joy” that comes with the walk-run would also be a source of pride and enjoyment for him.

Kyle Moore, a native of Port Hawkesbury, raced to first place in the event, followed by Jack MacDonald and Dave Stewart, who finished second and third, respectively, in the open male classification.    

In the open female category, Leigh-Ellen Walsh, Patty Chisholm and Sophie Druhan were the top-three finishers.    

Charlene Druhan, Deb Lynch and Linda MacLeod topped the senior female podium, while the top senior male finishers were Dave MacNeil, Michael Brennan and Duncan MacInnis.    

Rhyah Stewart, Meagan Smith and Mica Gomes – John Arther’s granddaughter – were the top-three finishers in the junior female classifications, with Anthony MacDougall, Brody MacPherson and Zac Stewart doing the same on the boys’ side.    

All top-three finishers received medals, while the winners of the junior categories also received OllieBots, which were presented by Oliver Smith’s parents – Bryan and Shauna.

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