John C. Purvis Condolences

sorry to be late, may God´s blessings be softly like a wind in springtime (2.April)upon you who keep him alive in your hearts and memories!
My memories stayed vivid, so I looked for John first time in 35 years!

Posted from: Christiane, Bamberg, Germany
To the Purvis Family,
It has now been 5 months since John died and I'm sure your loss is still hard to bear. At this Thanksgiving time we can be thankful for the opportunity to have known him. It's obvious he touched alot of lives. May God Bless you and your family and be with you in a very special way.

Posted from: Steve & Betty Almasy, Rockford, IL
Bunny & Elizabeth & Family:

My condolences to your family on the loss of your son. I went to school with Randy and always remember John smacking me with the paper when I delivered it. May God watch over you and yours during this time.

Sherry Bond Calhoun

Posted from: Sherry Bond Calhoun, Selkirk, NY
I am so sorry to hear about the tragic car accident that took John.

I knew John when I worked at Riverview CF.

He was always very kind and pleasant. He was a good person.

He frequently spoke lovingly of his family.

Such a loss.

May your fond memories provide comfort to you in your grief.

Sharon Ashley

Posted from: Sharon Ashley, Manius, NY
may the strength that you and your family portrayed at this tough memorial service carry you through. Dian you are one strong young lady and the Lord has other plans that no one can wrap thier mind around. We are a call away, your family represents strength from Christiana to mMatt to James and to Ben, you will make it through. God's merciesare new every morning. With such a loss of a unique individual it will not be getting over it tomorrow but time will heal. That is not to say I will never forget his laugh or his twist on things, but that is what made John, John. I will kepp that in my heart forever. I love you Purvis family and thanks for sharing him with me.
Posted from: Thomas Saxby, Norfolk
To the Purvis Family...We are very sorry to hear about the loss of John. Our family also lived on Wheeler Drive and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

John Almasy

Posted from: John Almasy and Family, Bel Air, MD
Dear Diane and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your children, as well as Bun, Liz, Donny and Carolyn, and Randy and Lisa. My family has known the Purvis family for a long time and our hearts ache out respect for what you are all going through. Please extend our regards to the rest of your family, and let us know if there is anything we can do.
You're in our respective prayers,
Terri, Billy, Kasey and Kyler

Posted from: Terri MacIntire, Norfolk
Purvis Family,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep your entire family in our prayer!

Posted from: Jack Shirley Walters, Humble, Texas 77338
Dear Diane

John was at at the store Friday. We exchanged a promise to ride together soon. Sadly, that day will not happen.

My sorrow cannot begin to compare with yours and your children's.

I will miss him as a friend and riding companion.

May you find some level of comfort in the love the community has for you , John and your children.

Posted from: Ted Prahl, Potsdam
All of us at Worldwide Movers LLC wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you this entire week. May your memories of John be a great comfort to you.
The Employees of Worldwide Movers LLC

Posted from: Worldwide Movers LLC, Fairport, NY
I'm very sorry for your loss. John and I became acquainted years ago, and we would catch up whenver we ran into each other. He spoke so lovingly and proudly of his family. My heart goes out to you at this sad time.
Posted from: Mary Davison, Canton
John was a faithful and enthusiastic participant in my afternoon kickboxing classes at SUNY Potsdam. He always had a smile and time to talk and had the intrinsic energy and motivation that resulted in a increase in energy in the room. He loved the music and the fast pace and though he struggled with the kicking aspect, never stopped trying to improve his technique. He was an ideal student and friend and his spirit and energy will continue to inspire me as I teach classes in the future.
Posted from: Thomas Sokol, Potsdam, NY
Dear Diane & Family, Our hearts go out you during this terrible time in your lives. Sincerely, Barb & Clark Warner
Posted from: Barb & Clark Warner, Norwood

May you somehow find peace in the midst of sorrow.

Thinking of you and your family....

Jen Henry
SLS Director, Plattsburgh NY
Former LMS @ Nightengale Elem in Massena

Posted from: Jennifer Henry, Plattsburgh, NY
We were so sorry to hear about John. We are sending condolences via e-mail as we are on vacation in Colorado for a family wedding at Joan's sister's. Our prayers are with you.
Posted from: John & Joan Upham, Norwood, NY
Diane and Family,
I am so sorry to have heard about John, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your children. I will always feel connected to him through our years in high school, spending time with him and Carol Simons and of course our 8 weeks together in basic training at Ft. Dix. I will miss his independent spirit and slightly skewed view of the world.

Posted from: Steve Emburey, Laurel, MD via Norwood
The Purvis families, Our prayer and thoughts are with you at this time of such a sad loss. Thinking of you, Hollis and Kay
Posted from: Hollis and Kay Snyder, Norfolk NY
Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family and to Bunny, Liz and family. God bless all of you. Butch and Rita Lavigne.
Posted from: butchlavigne, nofolk
im so sorry to hear this i will always remember him coming into Carolines a nd looking for me so he could have a strawberry pancake with extra whip cream, My deepest sympathy to your family,

A former waitress from Carolines Diner Val

Posted from: valerie, colton
To all of John's family I would like to express my deepest sympathies in this hard time. The little I knew about him was still enough for him to have had an inspiring influence on my life. The stories Matt told me about him always left the image of a very honorable and respectable man whom I would have liked to have known better. I wish you all the best in the times to come without him and I would like you all to know that I will always honor his memory.
Posted from: Casey Wilcox, Ithaca, NY
My sincerest sympathies for the loss of your brother, Donnie to you and your family
Posted from: Faye Martin, Watertown, NY
It is so shocking to know such a vibrant person had been taken away so suddenly. I used to run next to him at the Clarkson gym. and took a spinning course with him at SUNY-Potsdam. I couldn't help but admire his athletic abilities, talent, and commitment. I am truly sorry for your loss and will miss seeing him running.
Posted from: Sunhee Robinson, Hannawa Falls, NY
Dear Diane and Carolyn,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. From the staff and students at On Point for College. Ginny

Posted from: Ginny Donohue and On Point for College, Syracuse, NY
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Purvis family in this trying time. Johnny was a wonderful person who has made a lasting mark on this world and he will be greatly missed.
Posted from: Lisa Peters and Family, Enfield, CT
Dear Diane and family,
So very sorry to hear about John's death. We know he will be missed so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Diane and Dave Keller (previous guidance counselor at NNCS)

Posted from: Diane Keller, Canton, NY
Dear Purvis Family, My thoughts are with the entire Purvis family at this time of loss of your beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle. With caring and sincere respects, Brenda (Class of '83)
Posted from: Brenda (LaBarge) French, Litchfield, NH
You know what they say, “Only the good die young.” Christiana I miss you, I love you, I would do anything to be there for you and with you. One of the Italians that I work with said that you have the prettiest name that she has ever heard. She’s also pregnant so I made sure to tell her in Italian that you can be the only Christiana that I know in the world. Matt, keep your hair red but mind that Purvis temper :-) James, congrats Mr. President. You know how much your Dad liked those awesome grades, so go kick some butt in college and never stop running because you know he’s going to be right behind you, pushing you over those hurdles and keeping you from dropping that baton. Ben, not to get all cheesy on you but I remember when you were born. You have grown to be such a little cutie and I’m sure your Dad will be up there giving you hints about picking up the ladies. Mrs. Purvis, you are one of the sweetest people that I have ever known. I loved sitting in the library as a kid listening to you read. You always read with a smile and a laugh. I hope someday I’ll be able to read to my kids like that. I loved the smell of your house and the sound of chaos from the boys. I loved the summer duathalons and Mr. Purvis’s smile. I promise to always keep all of those memories in my heart. I’ve spoken to my family and they’ve promised to be my stand-in support while I’m gone. They’re crazy but they really love you guys a lot, a lot and I couldn’t imagine a better group of people to lean on for support. I love you all…Angela, Jess and Jason included. Please never forget that this pain is temporary but his memory and legacy will live on forever. Your family has prayers being sent to you from all over so please know that you WILL NEVER be alone. I love you guys and hope to see you soon.
Posted from: Meaghan Brady, Sigonella, Sicily, Italy
Diane and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. John was an outstanding employee who made many positive contributions to the Education Department. We will never be able to replace him. He will never be forgotten.
Tom Jacobs and Family

Posted from: Tom Jacobs, Ogdensburg, New York
Please accept my deepest sympathies in the loss of your loved one, John.

I graduated with Randy and I want he and his family to know that my thoughts and prayers are with them.

Posted from: Kathy Duncan, Rensselaer, NY
Our condolences to all the family at this very hard time. Wishing you peace. It is never easy to go through what you are going through at this time.
Lynne, Dan, Jon and Amy

Posted from: Lynne and Dan Dufore, Norfolk, NY
My heart grieves with you. In 1 Samuel 30:4, it says: Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep, and in John 16:20 His word says: "Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy.
I pray for you this day, and I know the Lord brings and keeps with you so many wonderful memories of John as husband, son, father and friend. For myself, years ago, I met John with my husband, Dale, as they went to college together, and John would pick my husband's brain, (even in the early 70s, he had a thirst for knowledge). As I read now, the thirst he had as a young man never left him, and as he pursued and pressed into what his heart then desired, he thus achieved a greater joy than he knew with not only knowledge but the joy of having a wife and family. I was thankful to meet all of your family tonight. The most exciting part while visiting with you and having special time together was learning John knew His Jesus. Nothing can be better than that. I am thankful that I had the great opportunity to know John, to meet your family and have quiet time with the four of us gathered together. I came to be a blessng to you, and I received so much more than what I came to give. Isn't that just like God. I pray grace, mercy and peace be with all of you.

Posted from: Bonnie Bourcier, Madrid
I’ll always remember Johnny fondly. He was the brother I never had. He taught me to drive, he visited me in Germany when I was in the army, and he came to Seattle when I first moved here. I’ll miss him. He made a person feel like they were somebody.
His cousin Carolyn

Posted from: Carolyn Simons, Seattle, Washington
Christiana and Family,

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss; especially of such a wonderful, bright and driven person. He has, no doubt, left a beautiful mark on those that he knew and those who loved him. Ana: my heart is with you, i'm so sorry. I hope you find strength through family and friends. Although I can't be there in person tomorrow, please know that I'll be thinking of you.

Warm thoughts & love,

Posted from: Natalie Plunkett, Potsdam, NY
To Diane and family,
I was very saddened hearing of Johns
passing.My thoughts and prayers are
with you.Take care and God bless.
John Sipos N.N. class of 1971

Posted from: John S. Sipos, Norfolk,N.Y.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I remember seeing you at Cactus Grill where I was a waitress for many years. He was always so pleasant. I lost my father in December so your pain is felt in so many ways. Keep his spirit alive. God Bless you.
Posted from: Kate McKenna, Potsdam, NY
Walt, Marylyn Diane and Family;
Our Deepest Sympathy to you all on the loss of John. Our family has many years of memories with your family and
hope this Irish Prayer will comfort you
during this sad time.
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight that ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.
With love to all.
Nick & Maureen

Posted from: Nick & Maureen McLain, Mayfield, NY
To the Purvis family,

So sorry to hear of your loss..Our thoughts are with you.

Posted from: Jim & Kathy Dailey, Frisco, Texas

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time.


Posted from: Catherine Torrey, White Lake, Michigan
Diane and kids, words cannot express my thoughts for you at this difficult time. You were all lucky to have such a wonderful person to share your lives with. It was always a pleasure to talk with John and Diane regarding your children and how much you shared in their lives.
Again, you have our deepest sympathy.
Jennifer & Michael Jones, Evan White, Amber Jones, Jonathan Jones.

Posted from: Jennifer Jones, Norwood
my deepest sympathy in your loss
Posted from: mike casselman, tampa, Florida
Though I did not know you John ..... "Thank you for your service for FREEDOM" .......... I Salute You

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of John C Purvis, US Army Veteran ....... and Hero.

Viet Nam Veteran
Patriot Guard Rider

Posted from: Charles Swartz, Lisbon
Diane and family,
Oh so sorry to hear of your loss. Lean on each other in the times ahead, and know that prayers and best wishes will always surround you.

Posted from: Warren Potter, Potsdam, NY
My children attend NNCS, and speak very fondly of you. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Meaghan Voss

Posted from: meaghan voss, norwood
Diane and Family...We are sorry for the loss your family is going through. Please know that Johnny will always have a special place in the hearts of the entire Bregg family.
Posted from: Laura Bregg Stender, Saranac Lake NY

I do not know the pain that you must feel in loosing your father. I know that your father was a good man and I never met him. Why? Because you are a good man Ben. Your father is in you and you will make him proud always if you simply continue to be yourself. I am deeply sorry for the loss you are suffering.

Mr. Larrow

Posted from: Aaron Larrow, Massena
Hi Guys,
I am deeply sorry. I would love to be there for you and with you on wednesday however I have to work. My heart goes out to all of you. I know what it is like to lose a father. It is not an easy time at all. I am here if any one needs anything. I know that you all will be busy. Again I am sorry and you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Posted from: Maggie Dean, Heuvelton, NY
Diane, Ben, Christiana, Matt & James, Donny & Carolyn:

So sorry for your loss; you all have been in my prayers. May you find comfort and strength in God and peace and joy within your hearts knowing all that you shared with John.

Posted from: Terri Sharlow Clemmo, Norfolk, NY
Diane and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted from: Kurt and Michelle Simons, Shawnee, KS
The Purvis family and Randy,
We are very saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved husband, father, brother. Please know you are all in thoughts and prayers.
Mike & Ruth Varley

Posted from: Mike & Ruth Varley, Morristown, NY
To Diane, and family: On behalf of my family I want to wish you peace in such a difficult time. Your husband, father, brother, and uncle will be remembered fondly by many. You have such a special family. His life, love and his strengths will live on through all of you. You are in our thoughts, and we are extremely sorry that we are unable to see you personally to offer our condolensces.
Love, Trish Duryea and family

Posted from: Trish Duryea, Macedon, NY
Diane and kids,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am really glad that I got to know John. He was a pip!! I really enjoyed the times we all would have dinner and drinks. John was always so much fun!! We always said "Poor Diane!!" Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. John will be missed in many ways!! God Bless!!!

Posted from: Beth Jones, Ogdensburg, NY
Dear Diane and Family,

I am deeply sorrowful to hear of your loss. May you take comfort knowing of the love John had for God and that you will see him again at the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Posted from: Susan Chapel (Grady), Aurora, CO
To the Purvis Family.....Words cannot express how saddened we are for your loss. We always loved seeing Johns' handsome face and beautiful smile. We share in your grief and are sending our love.
Posted from: Pat & Nancy Mattice, Bloomington, IN
Diane and family, Donnie and Carolyn,
Our prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time. Having known the Purvis family my entire life, this is especially hard to handle. It was alwways a pleasure to see Johnny around town, when I was home. His ever present smile and postive attitude is something we will all miss, but please cherish the memories. Johnny was special guy. He will be missed.
May God bless your family

Posted from: Dick Todd, Holden, MA
Diane and family,

John was always so happy, and wow, what an amazingly fun person to be around. I especially remember him at Aunt Violets wedding. The DJ played GLORIA, and history was made with John's incredible dancing.
I'm so sorry to hear such sad news. My prayers go out to you and your family Diane. Jenny

Posted from: Jennifer Fayette, Essex Junction, VT
Donnie and family - I am so sorry for your loss. I know there aren't words to ease your pain. You have a wonderful family and friends to support you.
Posted from: Sherry Fullerton-Sullivan, Potsdam,NY
I'm so sorry to hear the news about John. It saddens my heart to hear about more heart ache for the Purvis family as I was a good friend of Butch and Tom. My prayers are with you and hope that you can recieve guidance and comfort from God. My best to all of you.
Posted from: richard root, osteen fl.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you through this difficult time
Posted from: Dave & Tammy Monroe, Norfolk, NY
Diane and Family,
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted from: Ellie Prashaw, Norwood, NY
To the Purvis family , my thoughts and prayers are with you all . Growing up on wheeler drive I knew John as a kid and would see him around when I visited the area in later years . He truly was a nice guy .
Posted from: Jim Almasy, Creston , IL.
Diane and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts are with you and we want to help in any way possible.
Posted from: Terry & Vivian Tiernan, Madrid, NY
I'm so sorry! My prayers remain with you and your family.


Posted from: Mary Dixon, Gouverneur, NY
I am so sorry for your loss, I worked with John for a number or years at Riverview, he was always a joy to be around.
Posted from: kay deperno, potsdam
Dear Diane & family:
A gentle loving spirit graces heaven now,with a big quiet smile on his face..
John's looking around heaven wondering
where the track field is so he can do
some running...My heart is heavy,i will
miss his voice telling me hi jo! when
we meet in passing during our hectic
busy lives. Always a kind word of encouragement to me even in our high school days same temperment as we grew
older. The same encouragement. Please
know my hearts & prayers are with you all in the days ahead...joann rabideau

Posted from: Joann Rabideau, Norfolk, NY
to the purvis family very sorry for your loss.
Posted from: ross germano, norfolk
Christiana, I am so sorry to hear the loss of your dad. May all your memories of him help comfort you always.
Posted from: Bridget bergeron, Massena NY
Diane and Family, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. My heart goes out to all of you
Posted from: Patricia Penny-Cutler, Norwood
Diane and Family,
Mom and I will be there. We will always remember the days on the River watching our families grow up. We are all praying for you here.

Posted from: Carol Wellfare, Wellesley Island, NY
To the Purvis family:
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We grieve with you on the loss of John. We regret we will not be able to offer our condolences in person, be assured we are with you in spirit. Our sincere condolences and offering of strenght to the family.
Allen & Tenley Amo

Posted from: Tenley Morrill Amo/ Allen Amo, Waddington
Randy and the Purvis Family,
Words at a time like this seem too empty to state, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Maggi & Mike McDonald

Posted from: Mike & Maggi McDonald, Amherst,NY
We are so sorry to hear about your husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, neighbor, and friend...John. May your path to understanding be short and your memories be full of the wonderful person John was.
The Levendusky Family

Posted from: Pamela M. Levendusky, Norwood, NY
Diane and Family,
Everyone at NNCS loves you and is praying for you. All of us will be here if you need anything. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Posted from: Brandi, Norwood
I was so (shocked) and sorry to learn of John's passing. Mere words can not really express the sadness I feel, and my condolences go out to you all. John was a unique man, and my life was touched and blessed because of his being part of it, even though that was many years ago. It seems like yesterday still, and my memories of John--especially that great smile and infectious laugh--will always be part of my fond toughts and memories of him. I pray all of your wonderful memories and thoughts of him will give you comfort. Just know he was loved and appreciated by many, and he will live on in the minds and hearts of those of us whose lives he touched.
With sympathy,

Posted from: Genine Kroll, DeKalb Junction
Dear Donnie, Carolyn and Purvis family:
I am deeply sorry to hear of John's untimely passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care and find peace in God's Presence.

Sincerely, Sandy

Posted from: Sandy (Richards) Blais, Massena, ny
Diane and family,

My heart goes out to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted from: Terri Bombard, Norfolk, NY
my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time, mrs purvis was a grade school librarian of mine, and i also interened w/ james in the elementary, so my heart go out to you all....
Posted from: melissa bourdon, norwood
What a difficult Father's Day for all of you. I was very saddened to learn of John's untimely death.

I am a member of the class of 1971, Norwood-Norfolk. My deepest condolences to John's wife, Diane, his children as well as his surviving family.

John was a talented musician as well. As frequently happens with many, I lost track of my classmates.

May your memories bring you smiles & laughter as the years go on.

Sharon Peck Maruna

Posted from: Sharon Peck Maruna, Holley, NY
Diane and family-

I am so very sorry for your loss. John was always such a warm and caring person who I always looked forwards to seeing and speaking with; he had the energy and the drive of a man half his age but the wisdom of man much older. We will all miss him. My thoughts are with you all.

Posted from: Mark Tisdel, Pleasanton, CA
Dear Diane and Family - My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted from: Wendy (Velzy) Taber, Getzville, NY
Diane and prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you and give you strength.

Posted from: Jane Morale, Rochester, NY
We are so sorry for your loss. John always had a smile on his face and a happy greeting for everyone. May you find peace and comfort in knowing John was such a wonderful person. God Bless all of you.

Bob, Ellen & Daniel Jones

Posted from: Ellen Rowe-Jones, Norwood

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