Vale veteran servant to trucking Gavin Murphy

Industry pays respects to the former VTA president and transport stalwart

Vale veteran servant to trucking Gavin Murphy
Gavin Murphy (right) in 2008 accepting his VTA Life Membership Certificate from former VTA president Paul Freestone.


The transport industry is mourning the passing of former managing director of Murphy Transport Solutions and president of the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) Gavin Murphy.

"On behalf the President, Executive Council, staff and members of the Victorian Transport Association, we are greatly saddened at the passing of our dearly beloved friend, former President and Life Member," VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.

"Over his 25 years on the Board of our Association – starting out as a Councillor, then as Vice President and ultimately as President – Gavin was a tireless and passionate advocate for industry issues, a respected voice and a valued presence, both in a business and social sense.

"He was also president of the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation for over 10 years.

"During his time, he sat on a range of committees, was heavily involved in community work supporting local programs and a strong advocate for children’s and youth initiatives."

While serving the industry through the VTA, Murphy was committed to his family’s transport business, which celebrated 150 years of continuous transport service within Australia in 2008.

Assuming the reins in 1991 after the passing of his elder brother, Gavin Murphy grew Murphy Transport Solutions, formerly E Murphy and Sons, from the sugar sector to include warehousing and distribution.

Expanding the Victorian company’s national reach through the addition of facilities in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, Murphy also dived into dry and liquid tanker operations, utilising multi-modal rail operations, chiller and freezer vans, tautliners, and container equipment.

Describing him as an industry stalwart, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chair Noelene Watson says Murphy was a guiding hand for her own business.

"I remember Gavin as a colourful character who was always generous with his time," Watson says.

"In the mid-1990s, when I had just started running a trucking business, I knew that I could always phone Gavin and receive honest sound advice about the transport industry.

"On behalf of the Australian Trucking Association, I extend my condolences to Gavin’s wife Jane, and his children Angela and Cameron.

"Our thoughts are with them at this sad time."

Watson’s thoughts are echoed by Anderson.

"We offer our condolences to Jane, Angela and Cameron Murphy on the loss of a wonderful and cherished husband and father, and wish them every solace in their time of grieving," Anderson says.

"May his memory be a comfort to his family and to all who were fortunate to have known him as a colleague or friend."

The funeral service will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, corner Cotham & Glenferrie Roads, Kew on Thursday 17 December at 1.30pm.


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