Richard Purcell

Richard A. Purcell Jr.

Saturday, March 27th, 1954 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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Richard A. Purcell, Jr. passed away Tuesday morning, September 24, at Crouse Hospital after a long illness at the age of 65. Rich grew up in the Valley and was a graduate of Central High School. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in DeWitt and former member of St. James Church in the Valley. He was the founder of Purcell’s Wallpaper & Paint, where he worked for more than 40 years. Rich was well loved among his co-workers and customers alike. When not at work, Rich could undoubtedly be found enjoying a beautiful day outdoors. His recreational favorites included hiking, basketball, snowmobiling, biking, broomball, going out for coffee (which, at many local roasters, resulted in an espresso beverage named after him), and swimming in Skaneateles Lake. Rich truly lived in the moment and deeply loved his family.

Rich is predeceased by his father, Richard Purcell, Sr.; his mother, Nancy C. Schattner; and his sister, Kathleen Merluzzi.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lopez Purcell; sons, Richard III, Christopher, Nicholas, James and Matthew; daughters, Kelley Purcell Teeter, Jenna, and Katherine; seven grandchildren; brothers, Steve, Thomas (Joann), and John (Helen); sisters, Lynn (Tony) Marinelli and Susan (Ziva) Popov; step-father, Robert Schattner; step-mother, Barbara Purcell; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, step-siblings and cousins.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, September 27 at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. The funeral Mass will be at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 28 at Our Lady of Hope Church, 4845 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Burial will be in Onondaga Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to GBS/CIDP Foundation International, 375 East Elm St., Suite 101, Conshohoken, PA 19428, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 9:00am
    Our Lady of Hope Church
    4845 S. Salina Street
    Syracuse, New York 13205
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  • Interment

    Onondaga Valley Cemetery
    2500 Valley Drive
    Nedrow, New York 13120
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Anthony Romano

Posted at 10:25pm
The Lord our God added another jewel to his crown when he welcomed this great man into his kingdom on the exact same day he welcomed my mother to his kingdom in a similar, yet different fashion. Knowing this man was a privilege and he will always be remembered as someone who was a dignified gentleman. Sleep with the angels and saints Richard Purcell as you remain in the thoughts of those who remember you well.

Jack Walker

Posted at 12:34pm
We are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing as he was an incredible guy! He helped my wife and I on so many occasions with picking the right paints and wallpapers, etc. when we lived in the valley. Rich will be missed and our condolences to his family.
Jack & Susie Walker, Laguna Niguel, CA

Rufino Ramos

Posted at 10:30am

All of us at Rufino Meija Ramos Painting and Renovatioms Co. express our sympathy and condolences to the family of Rick Purcell. We enjoyed chatting with Rick over the years, appreciated his advice and hints, and we share your great loss in his passing. Rufino and Yordania Ramos, 508 Broad St. Syracuse NY 14210 ; Ruben Ramos; Lazaro Ramos, Trini Ramos, Isidro Ramos; Venancio Ramos.


Posted at 09:07pm
To the family of Rich Purcell------He was one of the nicest guys I've ever done business with in The Valley.
As you grieve his passing, always remember the good times you shared with him.
May he rest in peace.

Rod Wood

Laurine Feldmeth

Posted at 04:50pm
My prayers & condolences of your loss.
Ms. Laurine Feldmeth

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