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Robert Grant PurveeSeptember 27, 1967 ~ November 14, 2017 (age 50)
Robert Grant Purvee
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts, we share that our beloved Son, Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend, Robert Grant Purvee, decided to leave this world on a very grey November 14, 2017. He is immensely loved by all he interacted with and is sorely missed.
Rob was born on September 27, 1967 at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. He was our “Utah Cowboy”! Perhaps this heritage created his great love for all animals, the outdoors and adventures including hiking, biking, snowboarding, climbing and surfing. He loved people and cherished his relationships, but none more than his beloved children, Angus and Cait. He treasured all of his time spent with them including countless hikes, meals and various excursions. Above all, he looked forward to his annual trip to the Jersey Shore where he fit a month’s worth of activities into a week’s vacation, and especially so he could be with his two children full time and for an extended period of time. Family vacations at the Shore will never be or feel the same without him.
Family gatherings were extremely important to him and he was often the last to leave. He especially loved interacting with all his nieces and nephews and had an innate ability to relate with each of them on their levels. He loved children and had a real gift of communicating with them, which is what led him to concentrate on children’s mental health while majoring in psychology at the University of Vermont.
Life’s circumstances; however, kept him in the building industry. He had a very strong work ethic which was reflected both at work and play. His creativity was always exemplified by his fine craftsmanship. Rob often was able to solve problems and find solutions that would confound his fellow builders. He started his own business, Grant Builders, and always put his employees and contractors welfare ahead of his own.
Rob was big hearted and trusting to a fault. He was not self-centered and never asked for anything. He was always ready to help anyone, even a stranger. He gave all he could give of himself, and then more.
Rob lived his life intentionally and to the fullest extent, one day at a time. He was always happy and took joy from every moment shared with his loved ones and friends. However, he didn’t share his troubles and often kept his burdens to himself never wanting to worry his loved ones. So many people loved him! It is our hope that all will remember him fondly as being extremely happy, having an infectious smile, always joking and truly loving all people.
He is survived by his parents, Daryl and Robert Purvee, his son, Angus Purvee, and daughter Caitlin Purvee, and their mother Lisa Merson, his sisters, Meghan Purvee, Wendy Purvee and husband Michael Weston and Jenifer Purvee and husband Tom Astle. He is also survived by by nieces and nephews Isabella, Mckenna and Sullivan Weston, Caleb Purvee and William, Madeleine and Aurora Astle as well as Uncles and Aunts Roger and Lynn Purvee and James and Pam Fenimore and numerous cousins. His beloved dog Twig misses him terribly.
As a family we love him more than words can express and are extremely proud of him and his accomplishments. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, November 21,2017, First United Methodist Church, 21 Buell Street, Burlington, Vermont with reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to either:
Burlington Parks and Recreation, 645 Pine Street, Suite B Burlington, VT 05401 for the Starr Farm Rd Dog Park, in Rob’s name or NAMI Vermont 600 Blair Park Rd, Suite 301 Williston, Vt 05495 www.namivt.org