Francis J. Purdue

March 8, 1933February 12, 2021

Francis "Frank" J. Purdue, of Old Lyme, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2021 holding his wife, Maria's hand, at Middlesex Hospital after a short illness. Born March 8, 1933 in New York to Francis and Viola Purdue.

Frank is survived by his wife, Maria, and his 6 children, Frank (wife Linda), Maureen (husband John), Susan, Edward (wife Carole), Pamela (husband Paul), Gina (husband Garth) and 18 grandchildren. He is also survived by 5 stepchildren, Kathleen (husband Larry), Elizabeth (husband Benjamin), Shannon, Mary B. (husband Matthew), William, 10 step grandchildren and 1 step great grandchild.

Frank lived a life full of love and joy. His smile touched everyone he met. Strong and engaging, he always cared deeply for his family and friends. His heart was so big it encompassed all who loved him.

Frank was Branch Manager of MetLife for 37 years before retiring to Connecticut, only to become a realtor and continue to work till the age of 85. He loved being active and being with people.

His life was well lived and anyone who met him couldn't help but love him. We know that he is walking and dancing in heaven.

Services are private. A Mass and Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Francis J. Purdue

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Joanne Putnam

February 22, 2021

Maria, I’m very sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. We worked together at Coldwell Banker J&HH. Frank was the most kindest person I ever met. A true gentleman. Always with a story, a joke and a smile on his face. I admired him for the love he had for his family which he spoke of quite often. He was a joy to be around. The world is a bit darker knowing he is not among us. I am blessed to have known him.

Susan Malton

February 21, 2021

Dear Perdue Family,
I am very sad to have learned of Franks passing. He was such a nice person to deal with in real estate. Always a joke, a smile and kind words. One of The Good Guys! He will be missed but not forgotten.
Bless you all during this difficult time.
Susan Malton

Laurie Walker

February 20, 2021

I am so sad to read about Frank's passing. Frank was one of my favorite people. I always enjoyed seeing Frank with his big grin and listening to his words of wisdom. My heartfelt sympathies to his wife Maria and your entire family.
Love, Laurie Walker

Jeanne Guerrera

February 20, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Frank was one of the best.
Jeanne and Al

Irene Buckley

February 20, 2021

Maria, I was so sorry to read about Frank's death.He was such a delightful man. I always enjoyed the times that the four of us spent.together. I can only hope that the love of family and the warmth of friends will help all of you to endure his loss.Irene Buckley

Beth Abbey

February 20, 2021

Hi Marie and Billy

I have known your family for 20 years. Frank was truly a father to Billy. He attended every meeting we had for Billy and truly cared about him. I love you Maria and your family!! We had so many laughs at Billy‘s meetings. You all will be in my heart and soul forever! I love you very much Frank will be missed. Remember how much we used to tease him about his name? He was such a gentle and kind soul. My heart is broken for all of you.

Marie Hanna

February 16, 2021

We will never forget our visits to see you and Maria in CT. We enjoyed seeing you transform a house into a beautiful home. Your funny stories and laughter will always be remembered. You and my Dad will have lots to talk about in heaven.
May you rest in Peace. The suffering is over. You will be missed by all.
Love, Marie and John Hanna

Noel & Marty Kaletsky

February 15, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Frank’s
passing. Sending prayers for peace and love to surround you and your family at this time. May you enjoy all your good memories and the music that we all shared together.
Noel and Marty

Mary Ratchford

February 15, 2021

I will always remember Mr. Perdue as being so warm and welcoming to all of his kids friends (and there were a lot of them !). I can still picture him on the back patio of his house in Point Pleasant with a cocktail in his hand as he and Mrs Perdue would be getting together with friends. He always remembered who I was and made conversation with me - this is partly why Pam’s group of friends spent so much time at their home. He made a lasting impression on me as someone who loved his life

Jan and Kris Magnussen

February 15, 2021

We are so sad for your loss. The two of you were wonderful neighbors who we enjoyed sharing the same political views, laughter and good food with. Frank was so proud of you and your many talents. You complemented each other and made a wonderful couple. We often remarked that one of the things we missed the most since moving was seeing the two of you. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time and hope that the memories will help provide comfort.