Chicago's North Side mourns the loss of longtime Wrigleyville bar owner
CHICAGO - Lakeview's famous Murphy's Bleachers is mourning the loss of longtime owner Beth Murphy, who died after a five-year battle against kidney cancer.
Staff and family members are vowing to continue her legacy of being a good neighbor and celebrating the Cubs.
"I've gotten more texts and emails today from everybody," said Murphy's GM Freddy Fagenholz. "Eddy Vedder, Brett Eldredge, Theo Epstein, Rick Sutcliffe; it's been an outpouring of people, just showing how much she was loved."
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The Cubs and Wrigley Field even honored Beth Murphy with an "in memoriam" message Monday on Wrigley Field's famous marquee.
"That just shows you what kind of woman she is. And it's awesome," said Fagenholz.
"I think she'll be remembered for her love of this bar, the Cubs, and our community here in Lakeview," said her stepson, James Murphy.
Those closest to her say Beth's biggest priority was being a good neighbor, and for Murphy's to not just be a bar for Cubs fans but for all of Lakeview.
"It should be a public house," said James Murphy. "A place for the neighborhood to gather and it was important for her for Murphy's Bleachers to be a community gathering spot."
One their favorite memories of Beth was when she herself got behind the bar after the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.
"She went behind the bar when the Cubs won. I shouldn't say this but each employee she gave a $100 bill to!" said Fagenholz.
"I don't think any of us will ever forget that," said James Murphy.
"We're going to miss her dearly. I don't want to cry but, we're going to miss her dearly and...I love her," said Fagenholz.
As the Murphy's family start making funeral arrangements, her stepson tells FOX 32 Beth would love nothing more than for neighbors to stop by Murphy's and raise a toast in her honor.