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Torrington- Kevin M. Purcell, 76, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Wolcott Hall, Torrington. He was the beloved husband of 55 years of Lucille (Romani) Purcell.
Kevin was born in Belmont, MA on June 28, 1942, son of the late Harry B. and Pearl E. (Luce) Purcell, and had been an area resident for most of his life. He was a retired Administrative Supervisor with the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, retiring with 35 years of service. Kevin was a member and a past president of the Rotary Club of the Torrington and Winsted Areas, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Kevin participated in many Rotary functions, including annual golf tournaments and the Winsted Pet Parade. He was a member of the Torrington Lodge of Elks, the Germania Singing Society, and in his early years was a Drum Major for the Torrington Vagabonds. Kevin was the Vice President of the Board of Managers, and Chairman of the Child Care Committee at Brooker Memorial. He was a former board member of the Warner Theater and was a former Executive Director of FISH. Kevin enjoyed photography and traveling. He will be remembered by family and friends for his quick wit and humor, and his lifelong advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Lucille, include a daughter, Celeste M. Purcell-Turner; a son, Kevin B. Purcell and his wife Beth, all of Torrington; a brother, Mark V. Purcell of Middletown; six grandchildren, Alexis Turner, Gianna Purcell, Anastasia Purcell, Isabella Purcell, Madison Purcell, and Khari Purcell; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Kevin was predeceased by a brother, Richard Purcell, and sister-in-law, Doreen (Battistoni) Purcell.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 10:30a.m. at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, 258 Prospect St., Torrington. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Torrington. Friends may call Friday, August 31, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00p.m. and Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30a.m. at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brooker Memorial Child Care Center, 157 Litchfield St., Torrington, CT 06790.