The Murphy brothers, from left, Craig of Goonellabah, Scott of Lismore and Glenn of Lismore.
The Murphy brothers, from left, Craig of Goonellabah, Scott of Lismore and Glenn of Lismore.

Tragic end for devoted family man

GLENN Murphy was five months from welcoming a third child into his "adored and loving" family before his life was tragically cut short on Tuesday.

The Lismore father of two was killed when the car he was a passenger in collided with another car on Bangalow Rd at Binna Burra.

The devoted father was travelling with a mate to Byron Bay where they were scheduled to play in a basketball tournament.

His mate, 54, from Lismore, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital.

Yesterday the Lismore community were mourning the loss of Glenn, who has been described as a family man who loved his partner, Mel Davis, and children more than life itself.

His brother, Scott Murphy, said Glenn and Mel were expecting their second child in June.

Glenn has another child from a previous relationship and the new baby would have been his third.

Glenn was affectionately known as Dutchy for reasons lost in time.

"He absolutely loved his kids, his partner, his parents, my kids and would move heaven and earth for his family," Scott said.

"It's been a bit of a struggle. It's a tough time (for Ms Davis) being pregnant and with a young child and now having to do it by herself.

"He was not sure whether he was going to go (to the basketball game on the night of the accident) but he decided to go at the last minute."

Glenn, a former Lismore High School student, and his family moved to Lismore in 1990.

He devoted much of his time to taking his sons, Kyen, 8, and Jayden, 10 months, to Heritage Park and Lismore Speedway.

"He loved to take his boys to, all the blokey stuff," Scott said. "He really liked taking them with Dad so all three generations could be there."

Beside the immense love he had for his family, Glenn had another love - basketball.

His height helped foster his passion in his teens and he continued to play throughout his life in Lismore, Ballina and Byron Bay.

"He would take sickies to watch the All Stars games," Scott said with a laugh.

"He had a collection of about three or four basketball jerseys; he was a mad basketball fan. He was really aggressive on the court but really placid off the court."

Scott said he had watched his little brother, Glenn (the second of three boys) blossom over the past few years.

"In the last few years he had grown into a really great father and had matured and taken responsibility," he said. "Like all younger brothers, you want them to take control of their lives and since he met Mel he had done that. She made a hell of a difference and he loved and adored her.

"They met through mutual friends and started off as friends before they realised, as the old cliché goes, they were destined to be together."

Glenn leaves behind his partner, his two sons, his two brothers, Craig and Scott, and his parents, Paul and Debbie Murphy.

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