Gordon Francis Purcell

23 January , 192025 June , 2018

Purcell, Gordon Francis, 98 of Halifax, passed away on June 25th at the Camp Hill Hospital. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Frank Purcell and Beatrice (Tuttle).

Gordon served overseas from 1942 – 1945. On his return, he became employed with the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission serving as foreman at the warehouse in Halifax where he worked for 35 years. He was a long time member of The Royal Canadian Legion, Fairview Branch, where he enjoyed playing darts and supporting Legion functions for many years. Gordon also enjoyed camping at the IOF site in Enfield, where he made many life-long friends. Gordon and Kay also enjoyed many summers vacationing in PEI.

He is survived by his daughter Patricia Ryan (Ray); son, J.C. Clark (Judy Pound); sister Catherine Shaw (Dave); four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson, several nieces and nephews, dear friend Frances Deveaux, her daughter Carol Towner and Ed Handler.

He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Catherine Fraser, sister Joyce Smith, Uncles Arthur and Robie Purcell.

Visitation will be held at J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, on Thursday, June 28, from 1-2 pm, followed by funeral service at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, SPCA or charity of choice.

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  • Visitation Thursday, 28 June , 2018
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Ian Smith

6 July 2018

Good morning,
I am the nephew of Gordon Purcell, I was saddened to have come across this today. July 6, 2018. My mother Joyce Smith being his only sister made every effort to keep close to her brother and I can say for certain she admired and loved Gordon very much. Made every effort to include Gordon in as many family & friends gatherings as possible. I can say, I have many wonderful memories of Gordon & Kay growing up and although regular contact was obscure he held a very special place in my, my brother Clifford, sister Sabrena and my wife Jacqueline's heart. I would be most appreciative of speaking with any family regarding Gordon's passing.

Lori Scott

28 June 2018

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Purcell. I had the pleasure of chatting with him on several occasion and I will miss his great stories about years gone by. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lori Scott
QEII Foundation


27 June 2018

Expressing my sincerest sympathy to the family .

Beverly Beaver