Robert Purtell, 60, of Little Meadows, PA, passed away Thursday morning March 14, 2013 at Robert Packer Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Margaret Purtell; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Earl and Ruth Quackenbush; and several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Nora Purtell; a daughter, Amee (Kevin) Howe; and a son, John (Jennifer) Purtell; four grandchildren who were the apple of his eye, Nicholas, Emelia, Ella, and Lucy. Bob was also survived by two sisters, Mary Lou (William) Martin, Marlene (James) Homan; and two brothers, Thomas (Sally) Purtell and Gerald (Karen) Purtell; as well as several nieces, nephews, special friends and beloved brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws. Bob was a devout member of the Catholic Church who enjoyed the celebration of the Mass at many different parishes. He was employed with the Broome Developmental Center for several years, and was the PEF Division 197 leader and served as Executive Board Member. Bob loved the outdoors, he was an avid golfer, loved spending time with his grandkids, and helping others. He will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services will be held Monday 10 a.m. from the Allen Memorial Home 511-513 East Main Street Endicott followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier, Friendsville, Pennsylvania at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery Little Meadows, PA. The family will receive friends at the memorial home on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Little Meadows Fire Department PO Box 345, or the Little Meadows Rescue Squad PO Box 329 Little Meadows, Pennsylvania 18830.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2013