Raymond Purdy Sr., age 93, of Tiverton, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Forest Farm Healthcare Center in Middletown. He was the husband of the late Mary Ann (Brochu) Purdy with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.
Born in Fall River, a son of the late William and Rose (McGaw) Purdy, he had been a resident of Tiverton since 1957 and was a longtime communicant of St. Theresa Church.
A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1937, he was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, serving as staff sergeant. He flew 67 combat missions with the 90th Bombardment Group in a B-24 (Liberator) in New Guinea for which he was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross amongst other commendations.
He worked at New England Telephone and Telegraph for 36 years before retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Telephone Company Pioneers and the C.W.A. An avid reader, he enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, dancing, and telling stories.
He is survived by one daughter, Anne M. Purdy of New York, NY, one son, Raymond G. Purdy Jr. and his wife Donna of Somerset; two granddaughters, Sarah and Michelle “Shelli” Purdy; two great grandchildren, Jarius Cole and Zaina Aralyn; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late William Purdy and Mary Elizabeth Purdy Regan.
The family wishes to especially thank Dr. Charles Cummings, Phil Pelletier, and staff of Tiverton Primary Care for their skill and special care over the years.
His funeral will be held on Thursday, March 27, at 9 a.m. from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Theresa Church, 265 Stafford Road, Tiverton. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Tiverton Library Foundation, 238 Highland Rd., Tiverton, RI 02878. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River. For tributes or directions: www.waring-sullivan.com