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David M. Purtell

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend;

David M. Purtell, 71, a member of a widely known Lowell family, passed away on March 18, 2021 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda (Richards) Purtell, also formerly from Lowell.

Born and raised in the Acre section of Lowell, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and the late Beverly M (Dyer) Purtell.

The Acre was where he made and maintained many lifelong friendships prior to moving to Dracut to raise his family. He attended St. Patrick’s grammar school and Lowell High School and was very active in Acre youth sports and later as a coach for many years with Dracut youth baseball.

Prior to his retirement, David worked as a laborer with Local 429 serving as the business manager for over 15 years.

Among his many interests he enjoyed spending summer months in York Maine.

Besides his wife, David is survived by his two sons David M. Purtell, Jr. and Daniel T. Purtell and his wife Katie all of Dracut; two grandsons Joseph and Nathan Purtell of Dracut; three sisters, Debra S. McCormick of Lowell, Barbara Purtell and her spouse Priscille of Dracut and Judith Sylvester and her husband Dewey of Pelham, NH; two brothers Wayne and Frederick J Purtell; and many nieces and nephews. David also leaves behind his special friends Stella and Bob McAuliffe.

He was also the brother of the late Thomas J. Purtell Jr. and the late Kevin Purtell.

Per his request there will be no calling hours and all services will be private. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the PSC Partners.org (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis). Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (6)
  • Steve and Jane Sousa  - Deepest sympathies
    To Linda,Danny and the entire Purtell and Richards families. Jane and I are deeply saddened to hear of your loss.Hopefully the days ahead will be easier remembering the wonderful times that you enjoyed with Dave. He truly was a gentleman and fighter for the working folks he represented. May he rest in peace and surely will not be forgotten by all who knew him.
  • Mike Giguere  - Purtell family
    I’m very sorry to hear about David’s passing. Rest In Peace!
  • Kathy Dombrowski  - Linda, David and Dan
    So sorry for you loss.
  • Maureen Capra  - Linda
    Sorry for your loss.
  • Jeff and Crystal  - Uncle Dave
    Dear Uncle Dave, you were a great man and super fun to be around. You will be greatly missed by all. Rest in Peace
  • Jeff & Crystal  - Uncle Dave
    You were a great man and fun to be around, you will be greatly missed by all. Rest in peace
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