Dave Purves

Dave Purves

Wednesday, July 11th, 1956 Sunday, October 18th, 2020

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Obituary for Dave Purves

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dave Purves on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 64. Dave passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born in Thunder Bay to Robert & Marjorie Purves. He is survived by his mother Marjorie, brother Robert (Bev) Purves, wife of 43 years Joan; children Jennifer, Anne (John), Jackie and Bill. Papa will warmly be remembered by his 5 grandchildren Kamryn, Connor, Clayton, Avery & Hunter and grand dogs Tina and Hugo.

Dave is also survived by Peter & Judy Grant, Ian Dunlop, Bill Grant, Pat & Debbie Shaughnessy, John Grant, Tess Grant, Jim & Sheila Hansen, Tom & Soraya Grant; and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his father Robert, sister-in-law Mary Dunlop and nephews Calen Grant and Charlie Shaughnessy.

Dave started his career as an ambulance attendant, then worked as a lineman and cable technician at TbayTel until his retirement in 2012. He spent his summers at his camp at Marks Lake with family, and enjoyed travelling in the winter with his wife Joan and friends Glenn and Pat Williams. Dave also enjoyed watching Nascar and seeing the races with his telephone buddies in Bristol, Phoenix and Daytona. He loved hunting and fishing, especially the fly in fishing trip with friends Brian (Joanne) Schiller this summer in Armstrong. Before his passing he always looked forward to coffee on Thursdays with friends from the old ambulance crew. Dave will fondly be remembered for his love of music, cooking, card playing, dogs and great sense of humour.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in the Chapel of Sargent and Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street. Should friends so desire, donations may be made to George Jeffrey Children Centre or to the Charity of your Choice. Online condolences may be made at

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    Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
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    Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
    Archdeacon Deborah Kraft

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Sheila Hansen sent flowers to the family of Dave Purves.
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Pat Kucher

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these trying times. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Bob and Pat (Hayes) Kucher
Comment | Posted at 12:43pm via Condolence

Corinne Grann

So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Dave at Tbaytel; he was so easy going and had a great sense of humor. My condolences to Joan and his family. Corinne Grann
Comment | Posted at 07:32am via Condolence

Tom Dorval

Sending our deepest condolences to Joan and family. We will always cherish the memories of Dave and all the great times we had together.
Tom and Anne Dorval
Comment | Posted at 06:46pm via Condolence

Brenda Ferguson

Condolence our deepest are with you all at this time Dale and Brenda Ferguson and Family
Comment | Posted at 01:48pm via Condolence

Dennis Viklen

So sorry to hear of Daves passing. We will remember the good times, especially the fishing and hunting trips with the old ambulance gang. Condolences to Joan and family.
Dennis and Sandra Viklen
Comment | Posted at 11:55am via Condolence

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