Funeral services for Robert P. Purser, 78, of Ogdensburg will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Christ Church in Morristown with Rev. Ed Lacomb officiating. Military honors will be performed following the service. Interment will be at a later date at Foxwood Memorial Park.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Purser passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Surviving are his wife Wanda; three sons & their wives Toby & Ann Marie Boyea of Saratoga Springs, Mark & Tammy Hockler-Purser of Ogdensburg and Raymond & Charmaine Purser of Calgary, Alberta Canada; a step son John Ferguson of Winston Salem, NC; step-daughters Annalise Ferguson-Given and Katie Ferguson both of Ogdensburg; grandchildren Tonya Robinson, Tessa Boyea, Shandericka Purser, Kendra Young, Robert Purser & his companion Katelyn Middlemiss, Lucas Purser, Brittanie Jones and Cody Jones; great grandchildren Bryson St. Germain, Kayle St. Germain, Landyss St. Germain, Camryn Purser, Aliyah Purser; step-greatgrandchildren Dominic Given, Brendan Lesniak & Natalie Lesniak; cousins Ron & Janet Purser of Brockville, Marie Bijuoni of Toronto Ontario and Nigel Purser of Vancouver British Columbia.
Bob was born on Feb. 1, 1939 in Brockville, Ontario and was the son of Gladys Purser. He attended Country Schools in Canada, and entered the Royal Canadian Navy at age 16 in June of 1957. He was stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and served during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He sailed on the Great Lakes under George Steinbrenner who signed for his sponsored visa to become a US citizen. He then enlisted in the US Naval Reserves in February of 1976, followed by the US Army National Guard in 1991. He retired in February of 1999 after proudly serving in the military for 28 years.
A prior marriage to Sally (Bouchard) Purser ended, and he was later married to Wanda Harper on May 18, 2013.
During his career he was employed at Farrand’s Flowers as a landscaper, JL O’Connor Cigars as a distributor, Parish Oil Company as a tanker driver, and General Motors, Anchor Motor Freight & Walmart as a truck driver. After retirement, Bob volunteered for DAV Transportation and was awarded the longest committed driver where he took great pride in serving veterans.
Bob was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Morristown, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ogdensburg, the Lisbon American Legion, The Ogdensburg Garden Club, Ogdensburg Command Performance and a former member of the Ogdensburg Moose Lodge. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, his home and friends in Florida, being with his children, grandchildren and his wife Wanda. Bob was an avid New York Yankee fan and was able to attend many games with Wanda while in Florida.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Ogdensburg Garden Club or the Richard Winter Cancer Center. Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.