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.