The Tears of a Clown

Now if there's a smile upon my face…

Rest in Peace, James Murtha

THE SAD NEWS reached me from Burbank, California this week that a much-revered old friend and correspondent of mine had passed away.

Jim Murtha was a man like no other – totally unique. A good man, an intelligent man – and one who possessed the heart of a lion.

His genuine, raw courage was a sight to behold in the way he faced cancer on more than one occasion. I recall him reporting to me that the cancer had returned in his little finger, if I recall correctly,, and his saying to the doctor, ‘just cut the f*cker off, doc, I don’t need it’ – as if it was an absurdity for the cancer to challenge him in such a ridiculous way.

Jim brought a different way of thinking about things in general, to read his words was absolutely inspirational.

I can barely believe that cancer had the temerity to return to his world but it did and for that I shall be eternally sorry. I guess Jim had already had his fun kicking it’s ass on several occasions and ‘opening a can of whoop-ass’ to it as he would tell us.

What a man. What a great, great man. He will be sorely missed but never, ever forgotten.

My deepest condolences go to his family, friends and all those who loved him, of which there were many.

Rest in Peace, Jim. The memory of your courage will live on.

Stu

A few words I wrote back in 2008 about Jim’s story and in particular, his Marathon in Dublin:

A Special Day: James Murtha The Tears of a Clown

August 12, 2016 - Posted by | Ripping Yarns

2 Comments »

  1. Thanks for your kind words Stu. Murtha was a great guy, he touched so many people, there were people I saw at his service that I’ve known for years but didn’t know they knew Jim. A sad, sad day for so many of us.

    Comment by Jim Kerr | August 21, 2016

  2. A sad day indeed, Jim. I’m sorry that I never got to meet James but I will always be grateful for his correspondence and wise words. In spite of his own health difficulties he was an uplifting and inspirational man and that’s how I will always remember him. One of the very best, God bless and keep him.

    Take care of yourself, Jim. Will look forward to seeing you on The Bounce.

    Comment by Stuart | August 21, 2016


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