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David Acheson Purnell

February 24, 1948 ~ April 2, 2021 (age 73)


David Acheson Purnell, 73, of Ligonier, died Friday April 2, 2021. He was born February 24, 1948
in Bryn Mawr, PA a son of the late James Stanley and Margaret Acheson Gould Purnell.
He moved to Ligonier in 1952 and attended the Valley School of Ligonier, The Fay School in Southborough, MA, The Phelps School in Malvern, PA and
graduated from Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH.
David and his wife have owned and operated The Post and Rail Men's Shop in Ligonier. He was a lifelong member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church,  
(where he served in different capacities including chairman of its annual Fair, usher and member of the vestry), the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Ligonier Valley Library and the Ligonier Valley Watershed Association.
An enthusiastic golfer having scored three hole- in- ones in his career he was able to play in Augusta National and Pine Valley and
traveled abroad with his triplet brothers to play in Scotland and experience where golf was invented. As he later said "it was a trip of
a life time to play St. Andrews, Troon and Carnousite, all sights of past British Opens."
In 1995 he married Cindy Homer a buyer from  Kaufmann's Department Store who survives, brothers; James.S. Purnell Jr. and his wife Jan of Leesburg, FL, Rev. Earl.G. Purnell and wife Joanne of Simsbury, CT
and George L. Purnell of Boynton Beach, FL. His sister Margaret S. Purnell of Longmont, CO.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Thomas I. Purnell.
A private burial will take place at St. Michael's of the Valley Cemetery with The Rev. Dr. James B Simons Officiating.
McCabe Funeral Home 144 East Main Street, Ligonier is in charge of arrangements.
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