George Franklin Purpur Jr.

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 22, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 87 years old.

George was born September 11, 1925, to the late Blanche Coleman Purpur and George Franklin Purpur, Sr. of Danville, PA. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Shirley Purpur. As a young child, George played the violin and participated in several Pennsylvania concerts. He was the youngest violinist in the Milton Symphony at age 14. Upon graduation, he entered World War II and spent the majority of his service time in the Philippine Island's. Upon return, he attended Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He was also a college graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated with B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering. Following graduation, he worked at Merck and Company in New Jersey and E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Seaford, De. He also attended LaSalle Extension University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He became employed by Main La Frentz and Co. in Salisbury, Maryland. Later, he was employed as the Sussex County Finance Director in Georgetown, Delaware.

Mr. Purpur was a member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church where he served as a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Vestryman, Treasurer, Delegate to the Diocese Convention, and Sunday School Teacher. Other activities he participated in include the following; The Kent-Sussex Scottish Rite Club, The Shriner-Nur-Temple, The Lower Delaware Shriner Club, The American Legion, and The Laurel School Board. Mr. Purpur was a 32rd Degree Mason. During his service as Finance Director, he served on numerous finance committees. He was a member of the Laurel Alumni Association and the Laurel Redevelopment Association.

He enjoyed participating in a bridge club for numerous years. In later years, he enjoyed attending sporting events pertaining to his grandchildren, watching college sports, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Colleen Ralph Purpur, two daughters; Holly Purpur and Tamara Oliphant, a son-in-law, Robert H. Oliphant, and four granddaughters; Samantha Oliphant, and triplets Taylor, Kelsey, and Alexis Oliphant, all of Laurel. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at the St. Philip's Episcopal Church on South Central Avenue at 11:00 am. A viewing will be held in the Parish hall from 9:45-10:45am. The Reverend Dr. Howard G. Backus will officiate and will be assisted by Rev. Glenn H. Lyburn. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in his honor to St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Delaware Hospice, and to the Red Cross- Relief for Hurricane Sandy.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, Delaware. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Funeral Home

Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home
700 West Street Laurel, DE 19956
(302) 875-3637

Published in The News Journal on Nov. 27, 2012