Ronald “Pete” Purdum
It is with equal measures of grace and sadness that the Purdum family announces the passing of their beloved " Pete" Purdum. Ronald Wade Purdum "Pete", 87, died peacefully surrounded by his family on August 5, 2021, after being diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer. He was born May 7, 1934 in Queens, NY. Eventually he made his home in Charlotte, VT where he lived for over 53 years.
Pete served overseas in the army for three years and returned to VT where he graduated from University of Vermont. While in Germany he met his first wife Liesel. They married and lived in their Charlotte home which Pete built. Their union brought two lovely daughters into the world; Kim and Karen.
Pete spent most of his professional career as a computer programmer for the Accounting Department at the University of Vermont, retiring in 1995.
He married his second wife Waverly E. Pratt in 1997. In Pete's golden years, he loved his John Deere tractor almost as much as his beloved Waverly.
Together, he and Waverly loved working on their property clearing land, gardening and planting trees which brought them both much joy. They were fortunate to have loyal, long standing friendships that spanned decades. As a group they enjoyed travel, gathering together to celebrate special moments in life and always were available for a robust, competitive game of cards.
Those who knew Pete were often recipients of his generous helping hands: for many years as an active member of the Charlotte Rescue Squad, the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the Charlotte Food shelf. He was an avid reader, loved travel, a giver of “giant affectionate" hugs and most especially loved the camaraderie of others.
On January 12, 1971, Ron was raised as a Master Mason under the tutelage of Brother Richard Preston at Friendship Lodge #24 in Charlotte. Throughout Ron's life he maintained a commitment to freemasonry and the Lodge of Masons. He mentored young masons according to the sacred rules of Masonry: educating, motivating and inspiring them to seek wisdom and learn the meaning of service to others. With remarkable honor, grace and humility Ron received his 50-year pin this past January 12, 2021. He employed it's tenets in everything he undertook, the sacred teachings guided him in all his actions and in the spirit of service.
Pete leaves the earth a better place through his wife, children and stepchildren. He will be missed by his wife Waverly, and daughters and their husbands, Kim and Greg Swinhart of South Carolina, Karen and Steven Reinecke of California and grandchildren Lauren and (Ryan) Sawyer, Micah and (Sabrina) Swinhart and great granddaughter Willow Jo, and Tristan and Tyler Reinecke. Stepchildren from the Pratt family; Donald, Candace, Roberta, Angela and Chuck, grandchildren Jamie, Justin, Jordan, Taylor, Jesus, Rozlyn, Yohanna, Lauren, Kylie and in loving memory Mackenzie. Great grandchildren Paige, PJ, Jayden, Jordyn, Estella, Mackinley and Arlo.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Fink, Dr.Unger, Dr. Li and staff, the Visiting Nurse Association and the wonderful staff at the McClure Miller Respite House.
In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation to: McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester, VT 05446 in memory of Ronald (Pete) W. Purdum.
The Celebration of Pete’s Life will be held on Saturday August 14, 2021 at the Friendship Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, 2pm, located at 1453 Church Hill Road, Charlotte.
At the Family's request, please wear a mask and as difficult as it may be, please avoid physical contact and maintain social distance.
Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT.
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