John "Jack" Purtell
of LeRaysville, Pa.
Jack Purtell, prominent LeRaysville businessman, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. He was 75 years old. He is survived by brother, Stephen and his wife, Betty, Sarasota, Florida, Paul and his wife, Margaret, Manassas, Virginia; sister, Anne McCarthy, Johnson City, New York; son, John, Charlotte North Carolina; his daughter, Kathryn Clayton and her husband, Larry, Boalsburg, Pa., and their children, Tera and Taylor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 1995; sister, Mary; and brothers, Eugene and Christopher. Jack joined the S. F. Williams family business in 1950. He operated a successful Ford automobile dealership and co-managed the general store until his retirement a few years ago. He joined the Grange National Bank as a member of the Board of Directors in 1969. He was the youngest person ever nominated to the board at that time. He held that position until the bank merged with Community Bank in 2003. He was Chairman of the Board from 2001 until the merger. He was well known for his stories, quick humor, and love of children. The world was his friend; no one remained a stranger for long. He always had time for others; sharing that time was one of the greatest pleasures in his life. The people in the business felt like family to him, and they felt the same about him. He often spoke of how fortunate he was to be surrounded by such good and faithful friends. His life changed profoundly when his wife, Betty, died in 1995. Their marriage was his center. He missed her deeply. It will take a long time for many of us to fill the void that his passing has left. Failing health never dampened his enthusiasm for life. On the day before he died, his sister remarked that the last several months had been difficult. He replied, "Oh, I've been a lucky man all my life!"
Services will begin on Monday, October 11, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., A Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church Street, Montrose, Pa. 18801, and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 60 South Main Street, Montrose, Pa. 18801, at 10 a.m. Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 10, 2004 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill Street, Jessup, Pa. 18434.
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