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John "Jack" Purcell
  • Southminster Presbyerian Church
    799 Washington Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15228
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Music Department
    5000 Forbes Aveneu
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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“Coming in way late here but living overseas I just found out about this. Jeanne, Rick and Leslie, Jack was a huge figure in my starting out days as a...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Dan Stofan - Seville, Spain

“A great loss to the Carnegie Melllon alumni community, and to the Masonic fraternity. His joyful presence will be sorely missed. Well done, good and...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Austin Shifrin - Pittsburgh, PA

“My sincere sympathy to the Purcell family. A music legacy. ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Jane Heatherington - Pittsburgh, PA

“Jack will be missed in the music industry! Wonderful musician, great guy and a good friend of the Tole family. Sending our condolences. Bill Tole,...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Knorr - Somers, CT

“My sympathies to the Purcell family for your loss. Jack was one of the great musicians. He made Pittsburgh proud. Due to a hospital stay I was unable...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Earl Allan - Monroeville

“Jeanne, Rick, & Leslie, my condolences on Jack's passing. Jack effected many musicians lives with his caring concern over their welfare later in...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Jerry Sanders - Clearwater, FL

“Mrs. Purcell, I was saddened to learn of Jack's passing. His name was a household word for us. My late husband, Scotty Hood, had the greatest...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Anne Hood - Green Tree, PA

“Jeanne, Rick and family; I was so sad to learn of Jack's passing. He was my best "birthday buddy" and I have great memories of PNC Park, bus rides to...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Lynne Popash - Valencia, PA

“Jack was of the slightly older and more experienced generation of symphony players who were so welcoming to me when I joined. He and I became good...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Ivan Myers (Eddie) - Pittsburgh, PA

“Jeanne:I extend my condolences to your entire family. I often think of you and Jack and remember your support when I taught at CHS. My sympathy. ...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Rick As you well know, Jack Purcell has held a special place in our hearts since that late 60's...providing beautiful music for every party that...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Richard S. Zack - Lower Burrell, PA

“Rick, we were sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. Our loved ones never really leave us when we to allow them to remain vibrant in our minds and...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Frances, Jim, and Nita Cullison

“Even though I did not personally know Mr. Purcell, I heard a lot about him from my dear departed Father, Joseph (Joe) Salamon, a long-time Pittsburgh...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Roseann Salamon Ladeda - PA

“We loved dancing to Jack's music and were honored to know him as a friend. Deepest sympathy to the Purcell family. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Jean Connelly - Glenshaw, PA

“Dear Jeanne and Family,My sincere sympathy to you and family on the loss of your beloved "Jack". You are in my thoughts and prayers atthis very sad...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“We met the Purcell family through the Tuesday night dinners at Southminster Church. What a delightful man with a great sense of humor. Heartfelt...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Rick, Vera and family,Please accept my heartfelt sympathies at the passing of your dad. Since I was a little boy, I always enjoyed Jack and his...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Rick Duffy - Pittsburgh, PA

“Rick and Family. Jack was like a member of the Cromer family. His band played at every wedding and anniversary party. He will be greatly missed. God...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm an alumna and class officer of CHS '65 and, of course, knew his son Randy from school. Our class had the first-ever all night senior prom. I...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Karen Lynch-Schirra - Pittsburgh, PA

“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Purcell family. Mr. Purcell watched me grow up as my dad, Evan Broman,worked with him for the majority of his...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Heidi Peters - Bethel Park, PA

“To the Purcell Family, I extend my deepest sympathy. May your many good memories help to ease the pain of your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Averell - Pittsburgh, PA

“Jack Purcell seemed to always have a twinkle in his eye. How many fond memories of an extraordinary guy? Who knows!?! Sympathy & kindest regards to...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Ray Allen - Lock Haven, PA

“Our condolences to Jack's wife, Jeanne Jolliffe Purcell, Carrick High Class of June 1937. Jack and his music were much in demand by many Carrick High...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Paul Harrison. Dir. CHS Alumni Assn. - PA

“You have our deepest sympathy. We will keep your family in our prayers. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: John/Mary Kolar - Omaha, NE

“So very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a fine gentleman and wonderful musician. R.I.P. ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Jeff Lashway - Pittsburgh, PA

“Please accept our very deepest sympathies.Mr. Purcell was our bank teacher in the early forties, in Robinson Twp. High School. He even wrote "The...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Tony & Angie Caristo - Sebring, FL

On Fri., Dec. 6, 2013. Beloved husband of 67 years to Jeanne Purcell; father of Rick (Vera) Purcell, Leslie Purcell Upchurch and the late Randy Purcell; grandfather of Shawn, Evan Purcell, Alicia N. Upchurch and Joyce E. Purcell.