EAST END, NY — How do you write an obituary for someone you can’t imagine could be gone? Someone so full of life and energy, known for his trademark infectious laughter and huge smile, for his tireless quest for the truth and fight for the underdog— and all dogs, the four-footed kind he adored so completely.
Rick Murphy, who died at 70 on Tuesday, July 21 at Southampton Hospital after cardiac arrest, was, literally, a life force. The longtime executive editor at The Independent newspaper on the East End, Rick, who lived in East Hampton with his beloved wife Karen Fredericks, was a newsman to his very core.
How to begin? Well, to start, Rick would get a good, long laugh out of this because the last thing he’d likely want upon his untimely demise would be me, the reporter he dubbed “Lefty” because of my often-bleeding heart and propensity