Christopher M. Purnell, 54, of Ambler, PA, went home to be with the Lord surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 11, 2021, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Born in Atlantic City, NJ, he is the son of Linda L. Conroy of Linwood, NJ, and the late James F. Conroy.
Chris was a General Contractor and the owner and operator of Purnell Construction. He graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1984, where he played football and then attended Glassboro State College. Chris was a hard worker who took pride in every project he worked on. Chris was an avid supporter of the Woody's Circle of Care Foundation, where he contributed his skills and services for families in need. Chris would always be the first to volunteer to lend a hand anytime, anywhere for anyone.
Chris loved life to the fullest. He lived in the moment and brightened up any room he walked into. Chris's proudest accomplishment in life was being a father and husband. The love Michele and Chris shared for each other was undeniable and endearing. He loved spending time with his family and was a big kid at heart. Emily and CJ were the apple of his eye. He taught by example the importance of laughter, being true to who you are, always be kind, work hard and support the underdog. He was a generous and giving man who welcomed all to be a part of any celebration or gathering. Chris loved hosting "cousins' week" for his nieces and nephews with his wife, Michele. It was a joyful anticipated event for the last 14 years, missing only one year due to Hurricane Sandy. He was an enthusiastic Eagles Fan and a season ticket holder for 24 years. He loved going to the games but more importantly, spending time with his wonderful group of buddies who were also loyal fans. He and "the boys" even attended a Superbowl.
Chris was a kind, gentle, and good man. A faithful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He demonstrated great strength during his 2 ½ year battle with cancer and never once complained. He was a warrior until the end and showed all of us what courage, patience, humility and love looks like without using words. Chris's motto was live life, love much and laugh often. He will be dearly missed.
In addition to his mother, Linda Conroy, he is survived by his devoted and loving wife Michele Purnell, children, Emily and CJ Purnell both of Ambler, PA. He is survived by his sister Michele Mahoney and her sons, Ryan and Connor, and brothers, Mark ,and Patrick and his children, Brian (Rachel) and their children Jacob and Estelle, and Jamie and her son Braxton. He is also survived by Michele's family, including her parents, William and Patricia Lavery, Denise (Michael) Buck and their son, Joshua (Nyssa) and grandchild, Cooper, William (Kellie) Lavery and their children, Jack and Allison, Michael (Deirdre) Lavery and their son, Owen and Eileen Goddess and her children, Jack, Matthew and Grace.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia 13500 Philmont Ave. Philadelphia, PA. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 AM with Pastor Tom Schmied officiating. In true Chris fashion, feel free to wear casual and colorful attire. The funeral service will be Livestreamed at 11:00 AM. Click this link https://vimeo.com/event/812402 and enter password -- grace.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to: For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, a foundation which enables cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite experiences.
For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation
620 W Germantown Pike, Suite 250
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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