Robert E. Purcell, age 96, of Meadow Ridge, Redding, formerly a 46-year resident of New Canaan, Conn., died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Born in Arlington, Mass., on Jan. 25, 1919, he was the son of the late Daniel and Mary Doyle Purcell. He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor Casserly Purcell, who died in 1996.
Raised in Arlington, Mass., he graduated from Boston University, where he majored in education. Upon joining the U.S. Navy, he received his commission as an officer became captain of a sub chaser in the Aleutian Islands, the Bering Strait and Japan. For his Naval service Lt. Purcell received the following medals: American Area Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Medal (1st Star) and the World War II Victory Medal. He served from 1942 to 1947.