Norvel Leonard Purcell

Norvel Leonard Purcell


Passed away peacefully

with family at his side on

September 1, 2012 at the

age of 87 years, while at

home in Kelowna.  Norvel

was born June 6, 1925 in

Lake Park, SK. and grew up

in the Birch Hills area.  He moved to Saskatoon in 1950, where he was employed at

the U of S cattle barns.  He also worked at Dominion

Fruit as a shipper.  In 1959

he began employment at

St. Paul’s Hospital in

Saskatoon as a Nursing Orderly where he enjoyed his work on the urology ward.  In 1977 he moved to Kelowna with his family, where he worked at the Kelowna General Hospital.  In 1981 they moved back to Saskatoon and he was

employed at RUH for five years when he retired.  They

continued their retirement by returning to Kelowna in 2000, to enjoy life in the beautiful Okanagan.  He enjoyed building and renovating, so much so that he built their home in

Saskatoon.  He always enjoyed coffee with his buddies where he easily made new friends.  Norvel was

predeceased by an infant son, Kevin in 1963, as well as three brothers and one sister.  He is survived by Merie, his wife of sixty years, and six children: Connie (Tom) Wilson, Wayne (Cecile), Bonnie (Dan) Hallden, Dwayne, Leanne (Gaston) Dostie, Marla (Scott) Gillingham.  Fourteen

grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one sister

Sylvia (Ken) Zeeh, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

True to Norvel’s style, his last outing was to Tim Horton’s.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept 7, 2012 at Elim Church, 419 Slimmon Rd, Saskatoon.  A private family interment will take place at the St. Saviour’s Cemetery, Birch Hills, SK.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Norvel by way of a donation to Alexey and Tonia (granddaughter) Pankov, PAOC missionaries to Siberia.  Cheques may be made out to “Elim” and sent c/o Elim Church, 419 Slimmon Road Saskatoon, SK S7V 0E3, 306-374-1700.

Arrangements in care of Everden Rust

Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440. 

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