CLARENCE "Kindly Cal" (CAL) PATRICK MURPHY


12 March 1932 – 18 February 2012


Professional Football Player/Coach/Executive: Cal was born in Winnipeg. His family relocated to the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada during his youth where he was raised and he would play collegiate football at Vancouver College, before moving onto the Vancouver CYO Red Raiders Juniors, in the British Columbia Football League. He then coached at the University of Hawaii and San Jose State before joining the Canadian Football League (CFL) British Columbia Lions as a defenceman for one season (1956).


He then launched what would evolve into a lengthy and success-

ful coaching career beginning at the high school level. For nearly

two decades, Murphy coached at various universities including a stint at Vancouver College in 1960. He returned to the professional ranks as an assistant on the staff of Eagle Keys with the British Columbia Lions and succeeded him as head coach during the 1975 season.


Murphy then was on the Montreal Alouettes' staff and learned invaluable skills from Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, as Montreal was en route to the 1977 Grey Cup title. He served on Hugh Campbell's staff with Edmonton and experienced five consecutive Gray Cup championships (1978 to 1982). From 1983 to 1986, he served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and guided them to a Grey Cup title in 1984 (their first in 22 years). Cal is best known for his feats on the football field winning nine Grey Cup championships and one Super Bowl.


He was a two-time recipient of the Annis Stukus Trophy for Coach of the Year (1983 and 1984). He was promoted to the Blue Bombers' general manager (1987 to 1992) and made personnel decisions which brought Winnipeg two more Grey Cup titles (1988 and 1990).


He returned to the sidelines for four more years as head coach of the Blue Bombers (1993 to 1996) and joined the

Saskatchewan' staff as offensive coordinator (1997 to 1998). He served as the Saskatchewan Roughriders' head coach in 1999. Murphy later held positions in the XFL, NFL Europe and served as a scout with the Indianapolis Colts. He was named to the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 2002 and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2004.


Cal received the gift of a heart transplant in July 1992 and thus began his promotion of organ donor awareness using his life's theme of Faith. He passed away on February 18, 2012 at the Regina General Hospital. Prayer Vigil was held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at Holy Cross Church at 7:30 p.m. The following day they had a Funeral Mass at the Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m.


Burial: Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery – Plot 113U, Section 12, Lot C



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