David Murphy dies at 50

In a May 2018, file photo, David Murphy with his daughter, Julia, and supporters at the Best Western Parkway Inn during an announcement for his bid to be mayor. Murphy died of cancer at the age of 50. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Former Cornwall city councillor and community volunteer, David Murphy, has died.

Murphy succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 50.

He has served two terms on city council and also ran for mayor in 2018.

Murphy had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer roughly two years ago but the effectiveness of his treatments waned this year and doctors told him he only had a few months to live.

Messages of condolences have been pouring in through social media.

“His dedication to our community was an inspiration to me and so many others. He was the epitome of class and generosity. Cornwall has lost one of its finest tonight,” wrote Paul Desnoyers.

“David Murphy you will truly be missed by this community,” Nada Kovinich Geneau added. “I am so grateful to have met such a special human being! I can definitely say he helped (and) shaped me as a person and in my career.”

Whether it was the voice of the Cornwall Colts, calling the action at Cornwall Motor Speedway or fundraising for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Murphy was a part of the fabric of the city.

Murphy had recently been bestowed a number of honours, including announcements that he would be inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame for 2023 in the builder category for hockey and motorsports.

He was also given the President’s Award by the Children’s Treatment Center for outstanding volunteerism in the community.

Funeral arrangements are pending.