NEW GLOUCESTER — John C. Purcell Jr., 87, of New Gloucester passed away in Lewiston on Monday, Feb. 29, after a brief illness.

A native of Boston, John returned from serving his country in post-war Germany, graduated from Boston University and became an industrial chemist. During his career, he operated laboratories for Randy Footwear of Randolph, Mass., and Etonic of Auburn.

John was married to Arlene Hemenway of Pittsfield, Mass., and together, they raised seven children in West Bridgewater. Upon the closing of the Randolph plant, the family moved to New Gloucester, where John enjoyed gentleman farming and restoration of their 200-year-old farmhouse. Arlene passed away suddenly in June 1983.

John Purcell is survived by his children, Steven of Cape Cod, Elizabeth McAuslin and husband, Richard, of Monmouth, Linnea Purcell of Portland, John C. III, Bonnie, Eric and Andrew Purcell, all of New Gloucester, and was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, living from Maine to Washington.

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