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It is with great sadness that the family of James L. Purcell, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Garden City, New York, announces that Mr. Purcell passed away unexpectedly on December 2, 2017, at the age of 88. He was born on July 29, 1929 to Joseph and Mary Purcell. He was the brother to Bill, Joe, Mary and Bob. He attended undergraduate school at Kings College in Wilkes Barre, PA, graduated from St. John's University School of Law, and obtained a Masters in Tax from New York University. He was the beloved husband to Regina Purcell, his wife of 46 years. A devoted father to his five children, Joe, Joan, Jim Jr. (wife Ann), Cathy (husband Jim) and Danny (wife Kristen), a loving grandfather to his 18 grandchildren, Joe, Amy, Brian and Jimmy (Purcell), Andy, Jimmy (Mencel), Tommy, Mike, Jennifer, Kathy, Kevin, Allison, Patrick, Emily, Seamus, Cole, Morgan and Kendall, and his two great-grandchildren, Cayden and Anna-Marie. He was a highly regarded lawyer who dedicated his professional life to representing his clients to the fullest while staying true to what he believed was right. In his career, he represented numerous large corporations in mergers and acquisitions, he served as trustee to numerous family trusts, he served on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Sands when the company went public and during its expansion to Macau, he served for several years on the Board of Directors to Kings College, and he was lead counsel for the US Department of Transportation for the creation on Conrail, which at that time was one of the largest corporate transactions in the history of the United States. His love of the law was instrumental in all five of his children deciding to follow him and Regina into the practice of law. He was a partner in the firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP from 1964 until his retirement in 1999. Abraham Lincoln stated: "In the end it's not the years in your life that counts, it is the life in your years." Mr. Purcell embodied this principle, and he clearly lived life to the fullest. He will be remembered for his love and devotion to family, his strong faith in God, his unwavering commitment to charity and community, and the belief we all should help those who needed help, not because we were obligated, but because it was the right thing to do. He always got more joy out of helping others than he did in doing anything for himself. A kinder or more compassionate man will not be found. He will be sorely missed by all of those who had the privilege to know him. Memorial visitation December 15, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 1201 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY. Funeral Mass December 16, 2017 at 9:30am at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 130 Fifth Street, Garden City, NY. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to be made to Sisters of St. Joseph at 1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, NY 11717.

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Published in The New York Times on Dec. 7, 2017
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