To view the service for the Late Bryan Purcell on Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carnell Memorial Chapel please follow this link https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=161195902098087
Blessed with a lifetime of happy memories, Bryan Purcell passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Center on January 27, 2021. Leaving to mourn with broken but full hearts are his daughter Allison (Sean); his wife M. Kathleen Rockwell; his sister Joan Mannering; nieces Christy Mannering and Erin Hanlon (Craig), and grand-niece Gracie Hanlon; daughter-in-law and son-in-law Jennie and Tim Robbins, and grandchildren Parker (Elisabeth), Katie and Amanda; beloved brother-in-law Karl Hammond and all the Hammond family; and a wide circle of relatives and friends in both Newfoundland and Connecticut. Bryan is predeceased by wife Christine Purcell (Hammond), sister Elizabeth (Betty) Purcell, mother Margaret Barnable, and mother-in-law Emma Hammond.
Bryan was dedicated to helping others and spent his long career in social services, corrections, and youth justice advocating for the rights of those facing the biggest challenges. Throughout his many years of work in criminal justice reform and community-based correctional programming, Bryan was a lifelong advocate for just, humane and ethical correctional policies and programs. After his retirement Bryan continued this work, serving as board member and later as President of the John Howard Society at both the provincial and national level.
Bryan enjoyed travelling and road trips, classic trucks and tractors, and spending time outside in nature. He loved reading, playing Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, and had a great love of music. His happiest times were those spent with family and friends, especially when he was able to enjoy the ocean view from his deck in Ferryland, and the backyard of his home in Connecticut.
Bryan faced many challenges during his life, but always met them with strength, courage and unending patience. He had a sharp wit and a great sense of humour, and was always quick with a joke, even in the most difficult times. His strength and determination are a lesson to us all to make the most of all we are given, and to never take anything for granted. Bryan was the rock of our family and he will be missed beyond measure.
The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Sunday, January 31 from 2-4pm, and from 7-9pm. A funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 11:00am. In accordance with Covid-19 restrictions, pre-registration to attend the funeral is required. To pre-register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For those unable to attend the service it will be livestreamed and can be viewed by following the link on Carnell’s Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Gathering Place will be gratefully accepted. To send a message of condolence please visit www.carnells.com.