Robert D. Purcell

Born: Sun., Feb. 16, 1936
Died: Sat., Oct. 17, 2020

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 21, 2020
Location: St. Stephen's Church

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CROGHAN, NY ~ Robert D. “Dodge” Purcell, 84, of Long Pond Rd., Belfort, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Saturday, October 17, 2020, where he was being taken care of by his loving family and Lewis County Hospice.

Born February 16, 1936 in Croghan, NY, he was a son of Robert J. and Catherine (Beaton) Purcell. He was a 1953 graduate of Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan and later attended Utica College of Arts in Utica.

He married Sara L. Strife on June 28, 1958 in St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan with the Rev. Fintan Murphy, OFM, officiating. Mrs. Purcell died March 14, 2002.

Bob went to work in 1955 at Beaverite Products, Inc. in Beaver Falls where he worked as a Graphic Artist for 41 years before retiring in 1996.

Throughout his life, he took great pleasure in family gatherings and barbecues, was an adept Euchre player, enjoyed Utica Club beer and liked going to hunting camp where he was a founding member of the Summit Club.

Surviving are his five children, James P. (Janice) Purcell, John A. (Brenda) Purcell, all of Belfort, Jeffrey S. (Becky) Purcell, of DeRuyter, NY, Anthony R. (Amy) Purcell, of Croghan, and Anne M. (Todd) Valentine, of Guilderland, NY; eight grandchildren, Zoe Purcell, Jeremy Purcell, Jenelle Purcell, Joshua (Mackenzie Brayman) Purcell, Andrew Purcell, Troy Purcell, Shayne Purcell and Mackenzie Purcell; a great granddaughter, Elaina Purcell; three sisters, Maryann Wright, of Ave Maria, FL, Kathy Hock, of Southampton, NJ and Lenna Schack, of Kirkwood, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his loving wife, Sara, he was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Douglas Purcell.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Bob on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Gospel Hall Cemetery, Belfort.

Private calling hours and prayer service will be held at Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice.

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Judy Widrick
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Purcell Family. I have great memories of times our families spent together . As our hearts break for you we are consoled by the knowledge that Bob and Sara are now together for all Eternity. And pray we will all be with them again someday.

Lenna Schack
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
As you reached the autumn of your life, you did it without fear. You were so good to our parents and it came back full circle to you. By the grace of God and the determination of your children, son and daughter in laws, you were able to come home. You left with love and gratitude in your heart and ours. Enjoy all the rewards of heaven and being with Sara again, for all eternity, my brother, my friend.

linda walseman
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
with sympathy from linda walseman

Deanna Doviak
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, may he rest with God, in Eternal light.

Kathy and Tim Campbell
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Dear Jim, John, Ann, Jeff and Tony:
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a great man. Your Dad, Mom and all of you are dear to our heart. We have all the great memories of the times in Belfort with all of you. With our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Kathy and Tim

Jim & Deanna Haggerty
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Jim & Janice - our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Becky Aucter
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
John, Brenda, Jeremy, Jenelle, Ann & Todd, Jim, Janice & Zoe, Jeff, Becky, Mackenzie, & Shane, Tony, Amy, Josh, Andrew, & Troy...our deepest sympathies in the loss of your Dad / Grandfather. Many thoughts and prayers being sent and may God bless each of you and give you the strength to get through these very difficult and sad days. Love, Becky Aucter, Debbie Aucter, and Bill Mack.

Charlene Berrus
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Anne, John, Jim, Jeff and Tony, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My the many great memories and knowing he is at peace bring you all comfort.

John and Robin Kerfien
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
We were saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With our deepest sympathy John and Robin Kerfien.

Denise J. Monnat
   Posted Wed October 21, 2020
Jim, John, Ann, Jeff and Tony my condolences to you and yours.
Bob you were truly someone to be looked up to. You were a lifelong friend to my
Dad. He tells of the times you shared at St. Stephens school. You were always a great artist and you would draw funny pics of the other students/nuns and pass them to my Dad who would then, of course laugh out loud, and then be punished. You were a great friend to my parents and as a child remember the fun times at our house and yours with cards, drinks and games. The children all playing together. The parents enjoying the drinks and cards. You hired me away from a job and I am internally grateful for that. Working with you was one of the best jobs I have ever had. I don’t think I have ever laughed as much as I did at the job in the Beaverite Art Dept. You are inspiration as a good citizen, father and traditionalist. You raised amazing children and will forever have a strong legacy. I salute you with a Utica Club. May you rest in peace.

Richard and Carol Lehman Las Vegas, Nevada
   Posted Sat November 28, 2020
To All of Bob's family please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.
So glad we got to see him at least for a short time at Mom's Memorial in Croghan.
Although we had only seen him a few times over many years he always greeted with a firm handshake and seemed happy for those rare visits.
You'll all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Lenna Schack
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Memories, like Family, are forever. Happy Birthday Bobby!

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