John Leonard Purnell

7 December, 196212 July, 2021

John Leonard Purnell was born on December 7, 1962 in Calgary, AB and passed away on July 12, 2021 and is under the care of Schoening Funeral Service.

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John Leonard Purnell

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Cam Cline

29 August 2021

I was saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a truly gifted Marine Tech and will be missed. I offer my condolences to the family and rest in peace my friend.

Li-an Derker

8 August 2021

Johnnie... what a lot of fun. One summer at Sylvan Lake Johnnie and I 'borrowed' a peddle boat and ventured out to the middle of the lake, we didn't keep track of where we left and peddled for hours to find the cabin again. But we laughed and talked and laughed and kept peddling. And peddling. He was always so freakin kind to me. Like a benevolent older brother, protective and connected because he was to open hearted and ... goddamn it hurts to say 'was'

Rob Dawson

26 July 2021

John was on my very first Marine Mechanics class at Fairview College. It was a special group. John was a leader of the group and had passion for boats and their engines. There were many discussions about various boats and motors and how fast they would go. He was a student, but I also considered him a friend.

Peter Gates

15 July 2021

John was a High school friend that was always up for an adventure. He had great energy, was quick to laugh, and was an optimist through and through. “Save me a seat by the campfire up there Johnny. I don’t intend to come soon but I’m coming eventually.” My condolences to John’s sisters, Cathy and Heather and all of John’s friends who are mourning his passing.