Dr James Gordon Purdy

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Dr James Gordon Purdy

Birthplace: North Sydney, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: September 21, 2010 (85)
Sackville, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada (Kidney desease)
Place of Burial: Campbell's Funeral Home, Sackville
Immediate Family:

Son of Gordon Timlin Purdy and Alma Louise Purdy
Husband of Susan Purdy
Father of Private; Private; Private and Private
Brother of Joan Trueman Larson; Eleanor C. Purdy and Marion Gordon Martin

Managed by: Gunborg Gustafsson
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Dr. James Gordon Purdy 1925-2010 Sackville, N.B.

- It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. James Gordon Purdy of Sackville, announce his passing at the Georges L. Dumont Hospital on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, following a lengthy battle with kidney disease. James was born on August 10, 1925 in North Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia but moved to Truro as a boy after his grandfather Clarence took sick and his father came home to run his lumber business. After completing his first year at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served until 1945. After discharge, he enrolled in the Ontario Veterinary College and upon graduation came back to Nova Scotia, settling in Amherst where he practiced both large and small animal medicine in Cumberland County from 1950-1968. He was the only vet for more than 100 miles and he wore out a car a year traveling the rough roads of Cumberland county. He practiced at his grandfather's house and then moved to North Adelaide St. in Amherst and finally built the Amherst Veterinary Clinic that still operates on the same site. In 1967 he decided that he could no longer run after large animals. He conceived and built the Peticodiac Veterinary Hospital in Riverview (now the Riverview Animal Hospital) practicing only small animal medicine. In 1968 it was one of the most modern practices in the Maritimes. In fact it was too successful and in 1974 he sold it and retired but retirement didn't suit him so in 1978 the family moved to Sackville, where he continued a reduced small animal practice until 1990. James was a life member of the Sackville Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Association. He served as President of the Rotary Club of Sackville; Sackville Curling Club and the Tantramar Liberal Association. James served as Sackville Town Councillor from 1995-2004, was a member of the Board of Directors at the Drew Nursing Home and a member of the New Brunswick Veterinary Association. In 2007, James was the recipient of the Louise Breau Memorial Award for his dedication to his community and the Province of New Brunswick from the Union of Municipalities of NB and Environmental Citizen of the Year for his work in helping to found the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Commission. He was also honored with a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Sackville for his service to the Club and the community. An avid outdoorsman and angler, James especially enjoyed a good fight with an Atlantic salmon. He traveled extensively and visited all regions of Canada and many areas of the world including: England, Ireland, USA, Spain, Algeria, Jamaica, Cuba, China, Russia, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti. A loving husband, father and grandfather, James will be sadly missed by his wife of 40 years, Susan (Tilt) Purdy; his four children, Elizabeth Purdy, Phyllis Purdy, Charlotte (David) Purdy-Weir and Timothy James (Christa) Purdy; three grandchildren, Caela Jane, Benjamin James and Marion Elizabeth and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Gordon T. Purdy and Alma L. (Kaiser) and three sisters, Eleanor, Marion and Joan. Arrangements were entrusted to Campbell's Funeral Home, Sackville. The funeral service was held at the Sackville United Church on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 2PM with Rev. Colin Grant officiating.

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Dr James Gordon Purdy's Timeline

August 10, 1925
North Sydney, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
September 21, 2010
Age 85
Sackville, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada
Campbell's Funeral Home, Sackville