Community mourns death of a neighbor

Posted on May 28th, 2010 by Sara Willy


We’re sad to report that an active and well respected Queen Anne community member and Seattle businessman took his own life on Tuesday evening in Magnolia’s Discovery Park. As first reported by our sister site, MagnoliaVoice, a jogger came across the body of Shaun Murphy on a bench along the south bluff of the park. Police recovered a suicide note left behind at the scene.

There will be a memorial service for Shaun on Wednesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, located at 1411 1st Ave West in Queen Anne. Shaun’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Crisis Clinic and its suicide prevention services in Shaun’s memory. There will also be a donation fund for the Murphy family in coming days. Information on how to donate will be available early next week.

Murphy, a renown businessman, was the founder and principal of Working Spaces, and lived with his wife and children in Queen Anne. Since MagnoliaVoice first reported on the story two days ago, the comments have become a tribute to his memory. Many friends and neighbors have written in to express their sorrow and send condolences to to the Murphy family. We invite those who wish to share stories about Shaun or send condolences to his family to do so here as well. One of Shaun’s employees has asked us to keep comments posted on QueenAnneView and MagnoliaVoice so that they could be compiled and given to his wife and three children.


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    my condolences ….

    I want nothing more than to help the next possible suicide victim and mean no disrespect to the family. Obviously a man so good looking with such a great family may have been saved with reading what lead some one else to that awful place.

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    My heart goes out to Shaun’s family.

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    Shaun was such an awesome person. I knew him years ago and just by coincidence, last night I was telling a current friend about a ski trip incident that happened with Shaun 15 years ago. He was so positive and so much fun.

    This morning my son told me that Shaun passed a few weeks ago and I couldn’t believe it. So now I read this story and am baffled. The last time I spoke to Shaun he was talking about having met the love of his life. That is his current widow. What a loss. His smile and Montana charm is memorable.

    I remember his how protective he was of his younger brother, who he assisted in relocating here.

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