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June 19, 2014
Dear Bonnie,

I have just learned about Coach Purcell's passing away. You may remember that I spoke with him and you several years ago after I had met my old friend and high school QB football teammate, Jim Estes, in Honolulu. I told Coach that Jim and I had finally completed a pass that was overthrown in an MPHS game some 30 years earlier. He was amused and somewhat surprised that this had stuck with us so long! But, most importantly. I used this occasion to tell Coach Purcell how much he had meant to me and how much I had learned from him -- as my football and swimming coach -- and how much he had influenced my life, for which I remain grateful to this day.

I was intending to call Coach again this past weekend after I had completed an annual swim race across the Potomac River to let him know that 50 years after we won the NC high school swimming championship, with him as coach, I was still in the water. I finished first in my age group -- although I should add there were only 3 in my age group of 65 plus! I thought he would enjoy this story. And it would give me another chance to say thank you.

Then i learned that this great coach, and wonderful man, how passed away. My sincere regrets that I had not heard earlier and been in touch with you then.

But, as they say, it's never too late to do the right thing and it's never too late to send a condolence message for a special person in your life. I have no doubt that in the stadium of heaven, God has placed Coach Purcell on the 50 yard line.

With my warm regards to you and your family.

Rick Inderfurth
MPHS Class of '64
May 20, 2013
Gus Purcell was not just an outstanding coach, he was a great teacher. Few people realized that, although his offense consisted of a multitude of plays, Coach Purcell gave his quarterbacks freedom to create plays by calling pass patterns in the huddle for all of the receivers individually -- just like Sid Gillman did in pro football. That trust is the essence of being a great teacher or parent -- give your students all the knowledge you have to prepare them and allow them to make decisions on their own. Letting go is the most difficult yet the most rewarding challenge in life.
To sit in one of his quarterback meetings was like a Master class in Life. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Coach Purcell was a Master indeed.
April 18, 2012
Dear Bonnie,

He will be missed, but will remain in our hearts forever.
March 19, 2012
I played against Gus Purcell, and Myers Park Mustanges at Garainger High in Charlotte, and Gus chose me to play in the 1960 Shrine Bowl.
Truly a man ahead of time, and inspired many of us. God Bless his family during this time. Glenn Fogle Sr.
February 14, 2012
When I was a young boy we lived 2 doors from offensive line coach Jack Sink. My dad was a big fan of MP under Purcell though we lived in the South Meck district. I loved going to the games and once was a water boy for a scrimmage against West Charlotte at Memorial Stadium. Another time I rode the team bus there for a game against South. I did attend MP, and Gus left coaching after my sophmore year and I never knew him personally, but he was always in the stands at the games and would talk to my friend whom he knew. Another friend I knew worked at the fish camp. For sure his offenses stood out to me even when I was so young. The team I remember the most had Pike Jones and John Davis in the backfield.
January 30, 2012
Celebrating a life well livled. Cherish the memories forever.
January 29, 2012
December 28, 2011
I missed this notice back in March. My condolences to the Purcell family. Mr Purcell was a man you never forgot. MPHS was lucky to have him.
November 11, 2011
I will always remember Coach Purcell. He was truly an innovative coach. It was an honor to play for him. All of us Mustangers will miss him.
October 26, 2011
Please accept my condolences during this time of sorrow.

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