James J. Purcell

Published on Monday, 12 March 2018 18:58


James J. Purcell, 93 of Bristol, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

James was born on Aug. 19, 1924, in Shenandoah, Pa., the son of the late Martin and Edith (Schmidt) Purcell.

After working at Marlin Rockwell for 35 years, Mr. Purcell enjoyed 31 years of retirement. James proudly served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and the oldest current member of Bristol Elks Lodge No. 1010. Jim enjoyed traveling across the United States attending numerous Navy ship reunions and vacationing at his beach house in Wildwood, N.J. He was a fan of the UConn Huskies, the Philadelphia Phillies and lived to see his Eagles win their first Super Bowl. Pop most treasured partying with all four generations of his family.

James is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Marie Purcell; his son, James Purcell and his wife, Norma; his daughters, Diane Devnew and her husband, Doug, and Nancy Smith and her partner, Tim Manke; his grandchildren, Lauren Fournier and her husband, Jeffrey, Kristen Cowell and her husband, Christopher, Sarah Purcell and her partner, Joseph Dionne, Kelly Purcell and her partner, Christina Clout, Jimmy Purcell, Michael Smith and his wife, Shelby, Jessica Gumula and her husband, Jared and Leah Philipp and her husband, Ryan; his great-grandchildren, Kalie, Ashley, John, Cameron, Madilynn, Charlotte, Vada and Scarlett and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Martin, Patrick and Thomas Purcell and his sister, Helen Mulhern.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, West Street, Bristol. Burial with military honors will be at a later date at the CT State Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Court, Bristol CT 06010.

To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or photo, please visit James’ memorial webpage at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com .

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Monday, 12 March 2018 18:58. Updated: Monday, 12 March 2018 19:01.