Gordon Kenneth Purcell
It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of our father, Gordon Kenneth Purcell, of Vernon, BC. Dad was born in Manchester, England on August 12th in 1928. He was a proud member of the Australian New Zealand Army Core where he met and married his first wife, Daphne. Dad enjoyed many years in the Legion and the Korean Veterans Association and was at one time the president of Unit 21 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Some of his best stories came from his travels around the world and from his time on the sheep station with his wife Daphne. Although she stayed in Australia when Dad moved to Canada in the mid sixties they enjoyed a remarkable
friendship that lasted right ‘til today.
Now we come to the part that we love the best; when he became our “Dad”. Although Denise was his only biological daughter, this amazing man became the best father to his two stepdaughters, Tonya and Tammiko. The incredible part is that under exceptionally unique circumstances, he chose to stay their Dad!
Growing up with our Dad was so much fun. We couldn’t wait for the weekends and holidays; we knew that we would be so loved and cherished! Lunches out, trips to Story Land Valley Zoo, Fort Edmonton Park, The Museum of Man and Nature and the movie theatre were just the beginning. Every Saturday morning after Fruit Loops and cinnamon toast we went to the rock shop, then the comic shop, to be followed by a trip to Huey’s store where Tammiko and Tonya spent their dollar while Denise hoarded hers. But the most important memories of our time spent with Dad were when he showed how much he loved us. He listened to every story and taped countless songs sung out of tune by his three favorite divas. It was Dad who taught us how to sew, to bake and helped with homework and school projects.
As we grew to be adults he was always there! He was thrilled to celebrate every step and success we made, being not only happy for us, but proud of us. We also knew that we could count on him any time we wanted, (or he thought we needed), advice. For such a small man, he had the biggest shoulders a girl could ask for and the largest hand a girl could hold and the most beautiful generous heart that everyone who knew him was blessed by.
Gordon will be forever remembered with love and admiration by his daughters Denise Farmer and Tammiko Litowitz, and their husbands William and Bruce. Also his
grandchildren JB, Tyler, Nicole, Brittany and Lanie. Gordon was predeceased by his precious daughter Tonya, Mother, Father and his siblings and we believe he will be remembered fondly by every life he touched.
Although Dads memories faded ours will last forever!
Join us in celebrating Dad’s life at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on December 28th at 2pm with a tea to follow.