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Scott E. Purcell

June 11, 2017

Scott E. PurcellScott E. Purcell, 58, of Watertown and formerly of Clayton, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton on Friday, June 16, from 6 - 8PM. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, June 17, at 1PM with Pastor Donald Briant presiding followed by burial in Clayton Cemetery.

Scott was born in Alexandria Bay on May 12, 1959, son of the late Robert E. and B. Virginia Scott Purcell. He received his IEP. Diploma from Watertown High School in 1980. He performed custodial work at Ft. Drum and at Production Unlimited. He additionally worked at JRC Recycling Center.

Scott was an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, WPBS public auction, Children's Miracle Network, and Meals on Wheels. Highlights of his life included his janitorial crew at Ft. Drum receiving the NISH Award and his participation in Special Olympics where he won many medals in track and swimming. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees, Buffalo Bills, and Syracuse Orangemen; also enjoying vacations, music, swimming, and dancing. Known by many, he had a smile that could light up a room.

He is survived by his brother, Robert E. Purcell, Jamesville; five sisters, Judy L. Haberer and husband, Raymond, Arcade, Karen S. Amico and husband, Ross, Victor, Lou Ann Clark and husband, Guy, Gunns Corners, Lynette E. Knapp and husband, David, Ontario, and Elysia M. "Tish" Purcell, Churchville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Scott's family wants to express their deep gratitude to the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center. The compassion, love, and attention Scott received from the staff at his JRC homes on Massey St. and Gaffney Dr. will forever be appreciated. Donations in Scott's name may be made to either Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, 453 Gaffney Dr., Watertown, NY 13601 or your local American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#12 Geneva Phelps Miller 2017-06-19 09:04
Condolences to all of you for the loss of your family members. I have fond memories of time spent with all of you, and wish you peace at this difficult time.
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#11 Donna Turcotte Willi 2017-06-16 20:28
My deepest condolences to the Purcell family...I have so many wonderful childhood memories with the Purcell family to include Scott. Throughout his life he became an inspiration to so many!! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Always, Donna Turcotte Williams. ..
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#10 GARY GROVESTEEN 2017-06-16 19:35
Enough loss for one family for a while. But the real message here is one of congratulations . Scott made a very meaningful life for himself, and influenced many with the way he lived. Karen, you and your family should be proud.
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#9 Tom Lucas 2017-06-15 16:23
To the Purcells, So sorry to hear about Scott. My thoughts are with you all.
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#8 David Knapp 2017-06-15 08:48
I am saddened from the passing of Scott. He has been a joy to me for all of my adult life. I will always remember Scott for his laughter and happiness he had with family, watching sports and many memorable times. I have lost a good friend.....a brother......A BUDDY. God Bless You Scott
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#7 Barry Chalk 2017-06-14 19:36
To the Purcell Family, So sorry to read of your brother Scott's passing. My deepest condolences.
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#6 John Barber 2017-06-14 17:33
Our deepest condolences to the whole Purcell family. Scott was a great little guy. I will always treasure the time I spent with him and remember him fondly. John and Leigh
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#5 Scott Kittle 2017-06-14 15:24
To the Purcell family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am so happy though to see what a fine and fulfilling life he led. I played with Scott when I was young and remember how nice he was when delivering your newspaper. God Bless
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#4 Scott Kittle 2017-06-14 15:20
To all of the Purcell family, I am so sorry to hear of your brothers passing. When in Clayton a few months ago I asked Waltif he knew how Scott was doing. I am so happy to hear and see what a fulfilling life he had. I remember playing with Scott, Joe LaLonde and Marcia Frickman when we were young and delivering the newspaper to your house. God Bless
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#3 Dominic Kriegbaum 2017-06-14 09:33
My sympathies to the Purcell family. I was the pastor at the church nextdoor to the Massey Street home Scott lived in and, for years, he would come to church very regularly. Was well loved and accepted! He was a pleasure to know and he and I shared a mutual love of the Buffalo Bills. May God bring you comfort!
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