“Judge” Ross Sheffield Murphy
1950 — 2013
Judge Murphy passed away Sept. 15, 2013, after a long battle with liver cancer and transplant rejection, in his mountain home in El Dorado County. Born in Greenbrae, he was a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area rock scene, known nationally for his smokey vocals in the Bay Area based bands, ZERO and Lansdale Station. He worked with some of the music industry’s best talents in a career spanning four decades.
Judge was also a Master Craftsman. He began boat building in 1972, was a member of Carpenter’s Local 35 and went on to build custom homes for Fortune 500 clients. A Redwood High School alumnus, he also attended UC Berkeley. Judge was a member of Church of Our Savior in Placerville. He loved life, had a wacky since of humor, a great smile, hearty laugh and open heart, was fearless and dependable and will be missed by thousands. His finest achievement was fatherhood.
Judge was preceded in death by his father, Jack Murphy of Mill Valley; and mother, Lyba Murphy of Greenbrae. He is survived by his wife, Lauren Murphy; and their daughter; Lyba of Camino; daughter, Laurel Ghiringhelli and granddaughter, Juliet of Fairfax; and brother, Scott Murphy of Greenbrae.
A private service is scheduled for Oct. 25. For more details, e-mail email@example.com. A benefit concert for Judge’s 10-year-old daughter, Lyba, will follow that evening at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre.