We Remember

McMURPHY, Jesse David

April 10, 1986 — February 7, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce that Jesse McMurphy went to be with the Lord suddenly on February 7, 2021, due to unexpected health complications. Jesse was born and raised in Kelowna, BC. He was 34 years of age.

Jesse leaves behind his family that loved him so dearly: his young son, Brady; his mother Karen DeVries (Philip) and father Ross McMurphy (Ella); his siblings Ashley Rempel, Kyle McMurphy, Rebekah Kuchma, Danielle DeVries, Joel DeVries, and Gabrielle DeVries; grandfather Dave McMurphy; uncle Rob Panio (Dianne), other uncles and many cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Hooch, who was crazy about Jesse. Jesse was predeceased by his grandmothers, Toni Panio (Baba) and Thelma McMurphy.

Jesse was a hard worker who in earlier years worked on the oil rigs and later was involved in construction, concrete forming and even building swimming pools, which he really enjoyed. Jesse took pride in whatever he did. He most recently planned to take training as a human service worker. Jesse had a caring, compassionate personality and a soft heart. He loved people and was always trying to help them out, even when he was in the midst of dealing with his own problems. He had the ability to see the very best in people at all times.

Due to COVID restrictions, a private family service will be held at Springfield Funeral Home to honour Jesse and will be by invitation only. However, the family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join online by Livestream on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm PST (see below). A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

Memorial donations on behalf of Jesse can be made to The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society who provided Jesse with so much support in overcoming his addiction issues. He had recently celebrated being sober from alcohol for over 1.5 years and clean from drugs for over a year. We were all very proud of him for these accomplishments.

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The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society Link: www.thebridgeservices.ca




  • Steve and Angie Kraushar- SK Form & Finish says:

    We are so saddened to hear of your loss. SK was incredibly blessed to have Jesse on our team. One memory of Jesse stays close to our hearts- the time he helped a stranger in medical distress while he was at work. The news caught wind of it and hailed Jesse as a hero for saving the mans life. Jesse is someone we will never forget.

  • Steve and Angie Kraushar says:

    We were able to find this photo taken shortly after Jesses heroic act.

  • Debbie Wilkison says:

    Karen our hearts are broken for you and your family..
    Judi and I are praying for you and sending our love.
    Judi and Debbie

  • Tony, Sheryl, Gabe, Branden & Zack Edwards says:

    My heart is broken for you Karen, Phil & Hooch. Love and hugs forever. I rejoice with you that he is at peace and find the joy in all the memories he shared with us. I laugh now at the memory of listening to the arguments between Jesse and Gabby.

  • Whytnie says:

    Jesse you will alway and forever be loved! I am so sorry for this loss Karen my heart breaks for you and your family. Jesse had an incredibly kind heart, and he was so loved!
    He will never be forgotten!!

  • Crystal More says:

    I grew up with Jesse in North Glenmore together. He would always show up in time of need and I always saw him as my protector. Not many people in this world are blessed with the amazing heart and strength Jesse had. He truly was a Hero and now he will be forever remembered as one of the most caring people I’ve ever know . His legend will live on forever with the stories his friends will share. I love you Jesse Thank you for always being there for me. I’ll miss you til I see you again ❤️💔🀄️

  • Crystal More says:

    My condolences to his family and friends. From knowing Jesse I know how huge of a loss this is. His infectious smile and way of making you feel so safe when he was around is something that’s going to be so hard to live without. Please stay strong. He would never want any of us to hurt.

  • Crystal More says:

    Jesse built beautiful pools and one day while building his next door neighbors pool he found two very small turtles. I came to his house that day to hang out and he showed me how he built them a small home and was taking care of them. When I found out the devastating news about Jesse this image of him so carefully taking care of these baby turtles came to mind. To me it represented his way of caring and noticing everyone around him. His kindness will never be forgotten and I was so lucky to call him my friend for 20 years .

  • Tawni Vanderhoek says:

    My brother was good friends with Jesse. I remember him as such a happy cute little kid….I recently crossed paths with him a couple years ago and was always welcomed with a huge smile and a hug. He let me take a million pictures with hooch ( I am a huge dog lover) and kept running into him coincidentally. Looking back I’m glad I got those moments to hug you. You will be missed Jesse. You touched so many people with your infectious smile. Rest in peace friend ♥️🙏

  • Brody James Vander Hoek says:

    My condolences to your Family. I knew jesse growing up and was shocked when I heard of his passing. He was a bright spirit, full of life always happy, always had a smile on his face. I have a lot of memories with Jesse that I will always cherish and hold close to my heart. RIP Jess and my heart goes out to your family.

  • Steve pek says:

    Jesse was one of my best friends. I grew up with him from elementary school to high school. Taking the forest course fighting fire to him cutting him self with the chain saw that was a duzzy never a dull moment we were always having a blast laughing causing sh*t . He was always the guy who would light up the room with his jokes his smile and just hearing him laugh . My kids who only met him a couple of times always bug me when are we going to visit uncle Jesse he made a quick impression on them with all his crazy ganers rodeos flips and spins he inspired everyone he was around. By all his hard work and kindness.
    I love u bro and will never stop telling me kids about u only clean stuff lol rest easy bro

  • Freddy Azure says:

    Rest In Peace Jesse. Im very sad this happened, you were a awesome guy. We will miss you brother. My prayers go out to Jesses Family.

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Gerald Panio says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our children and grandchildren, no matter their age, are the most precious thing we have.

  • Wendy Arelis says:

    Dear friend, Karen….I was so deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Jesse’s sudden death. My heart goes out to you💔. I remember Jesse as being such a cute and kind young boy. You did a wonderful job in raising him through all the challenging years. Praying for you my friend. 🙏❤️😢 May the Holy Spirit comfort you in the days, weeks, months and years to come. God bless you. 💝😔😢💞Wendy

  • Jody Wielgosz says:

    Ross, Ella and Rebekah.
    I am very sorry for your loss.
    Jody Wielgosz

  • Josh McBride says:

    My condolences and love to Karen, Phil and family! And to Brady! I hope one day we can meet, so I can let you know how much he loves you and I can talk him up to you!!! He’s a Champion! Hero! Lion! Soldier! King! I am so very sorry for your loss!!! I am blessed to have been able to befriend and grow up with him, and some of my best memories are with him!!! He was the salt of my earth. He was my brother’s keeper! He was never scared and was always the protector of those in his company…..the sudden passing of our huge hearted brother, father, and son! Has been weighing heavy on all who lives he has touched and were able to get to know that huge smile that we will all miss but never forget!!! Being teenagers living in North G, where sorry Karen we (and I mean he) lol caused a lot of s*#t! And I know it always had a sense a burden on him for all the grief he caused you!! He loved his mother more then the world itself. As did all of us who really knew his beautiful momma bear!!! Just know that these trouble makers are and will be here for you for whatever you need whenever you need! That’s the least we can do as he is no longer here to be that protector!!! We love you! We love Jesse more the words can describe! And I he loved him too. Because I’ve never known anyone who everytime walks past a mirror, checks himself out. And then stops for a double take!!! Hahahaha what a gorgeous man he was!!! He knew it most of all!!!! Lololol!!! There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by since he left us all. That I haven’t cried!!! As I cannot even imagine what the family is going thru and feeling!!! It pains me to think that as strong and tough as he was that he may have possibly suffered tremendously during his last mins on earth. But it’s a relief to know that you will no longer have any pain and suffering to endure, nor will that everyday struggle we all know that is extremely difficult won’t haunt you or poke you anymore!! I am so proud of you ! And so proud of what I had accomplished in just these short past couple yrs. Despite the events that occurred along the way. And that I wish, we wish that there could have maybe been someway, Somehow that’s we could have given all that love and care and all of your heart you shared. That we could have been able to give it back, even just for that one last hug! That one last laugh! But I understand and Karen pls. Pls too! I don’t think there was much more that could have be done to change these mysterious ways of God’s Plan!!
    Pls!! It’s not your fault. It’s not his fault. It’s not anyone’s fault!! Ok!!!
    I’ll say it again and will forever!! You raised a giant! A giant hearted man!!! And he was so proud and so generous that he just could not, not share it with all of us!!! And by doing so he couldn’t anymore and unfortunately he paid a price! But its not such a bad thing at all to have and to keep in us.! I’m sorry Karen! Call me anytime. You will get thru this and we will too by helping you and being here as he would have wanted that.
    Now let’s try to remember the good times and those good memories of our best friend, best son! My brother Jeremy wanted me to say he’s sorry and say he was always kind to him and always smiling and happy. And he was glad to have known him!!!
    God bless!

    • Josh says:

      Sorry there are a few mistyped words…
      I am so proud of you ! And so proud of what YOU (not I) had accomplished in just these short past couple yrs.

  • Jeremy McBride says:

    My sincere condolences to all of Jesse’s friends and family. I will always remember him as my brother’s best bud. Always happy and always smiling. Rest In Peace.

  • Clinton Vaughan says:

    You were an amazing friend and bro to all your friends.you helped people with no thought and you always stood up for the people you loved.Rest in Peace Jesse and love and hugs to the family and son.

  • Sherry Roxin says:

    Thank you for sharing the service online, I enjoyed listening to all the stories! My heart still breaks accepting this as true, but I am grateful to have been lucky enough to have had Jesse as part of my life in my teenage years! I last spoke to him when he was out of treatment and I was so proud of him! I’ll never forget him, my condolences to all of you as well.

  • Renee says:

    THE BRIDGE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU!! First awesome guy I met at detox and had a blast with lol. He said I was like his long lost sister. He always poked fun at me to get a reaction. Very supportive for staying sober. Every time I think of you I start to cry. Never seeing that happy face again

  • Danny O'Reilly says:

    Thanks for being one of my best friends. My dad died on Jan 1st this year and Jesse was there at my house shortly after to grief with me calm and collected saying he loved my dad to. You never annoyed me once (except your driving, coming outta woodfire bakery hot) your opinion was valued and used and your swag turned heads everywhere.. I know seeing you would make me better cause I did the same. Trust is a luxury we owned. You are unreplaceable and to be a guardian angel to many probably bouncing heavans gate.. Love you forever and will never forget the great Mcmurphy.

  • Dixie says:

    Ross, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Keep memories close and take care.

  • Lana Ricci says:

    Ross, I am so sorry to hear about your son. I send my deepest condolences to you and your family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Donna Morel says:

    I was so surprised to read about the passing of Jesse. I remember back to the days when I would see him running around the church with his friends and into the loving arms of him mom. I also remember seeing him with his uncle Rob at the Parkinson Rec Center pool playing with a smile and a respect and love for Rob. So sorry for your loss. I am praying that God will touch with His healing spirit that is like no other.

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