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Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, August 28, 2002

John T. "Terry" Purcell

Raised in Petaluma, living his adult life in Greenbrae and San Rafael, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 21, 2002 at the age of 77. Terry served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. He attended Oregon State as an undergrad, then Stanford University where he graduated with an MBA in Finance in the class of '49. While at Stanford, Terry met his lifelong sweetheart, Nancy Foss and married her in 1950. Terry's working career began with Fireman's Fund, and included employment with Western Asbestos, Kunst Painting, and the Dean, Petrie, and Haas accounting firm. He later got another MBA in Taxation, from Golden Gate University, and ran his own tax service, serving many people in the local area. In later years, Terry and Nancy led tours for the Saga Touring Co., allowing them to travel, separately and together, all over the world, from the Antarctic to the Galapagos, to Africa and Greece, and dozens of places in between. Terry is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nancy, his sister Peggy Margiotta, his beloved children, Steven Purcell, Virginia (Ginger) Dale, Lisa Smith, Kevin Purcell, Brian Purcell, Sheila Purcell, Shawn Purcell, and Pamela Turner, and sons and daughters-in-law Carolyn, Ken, Steve, Trudy, Jan, Peter, Ly and Grant. Terry loved all of his 17 grandchildren: Michael, Christopher, Daniel, Ruth, Jennifer, Lydia, Jeremy, Megan, Colleen, Anna, Ryan, Sean, Luke, Rita, Hallie, Ashley, and Lindsey. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass and celebration of his life, Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 11:00 AM at St. Isabella's Catholic Church, 435 Freitas Parkway, San Rafael. An evening Memorial Vigil Service will be held at the church on Friday, August 30th at 7:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925, or your favorite charity. Private Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, California. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000.

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