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John “Jack-Red” Purcell

January 27, 1939 – SepteMBER 13, 2023

John “Jack-Red” Purcell

John “Jack-Red” Purcell, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on September 13, 2023, at the age of 84. He was born on January 27, 1939, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to parents Paul and Hilda Purcell.

John led a fulfilling life, leaving a lasting impact on those around him. After graduating high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Army from December 11, 1961, to December 10, 1963. During his service as an army medic serving spec 4 7th Field Hospital, he achieved the rank of Private (E-1) and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, exemplifying his dedication and commitment.

Following his military service, John pursued a career as an estimator at Smurfit International and later Zumbiel, where he demonstrated his exceptional skills and professionalism. His contributions to the company were highly valued, and he earned the respect of his colleagues throughout his years of service.

Outside of his professional life, John was a devoted family man. He adored his wife, Pam Purcell, with whom he shared a deep and unwavering love. Together, they raised two children, Cindy Fout and Scott Purcell, who brought immense joy into their lives. John cherished being a father and played an active role in nurturing and guiding his children toward fulfilling futures.

In his free time, John enjoyed spending quality moments with his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He found great happiness in their company and created lasting memories that will be cherished by all who knew him.

John J. Purcell will always be remembered for his strong work ethic, genuine kindness, and selflessness. He touched the lives of many and leaves behind a legacy of love, integrity, and dedication. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

John was preceded in death by his siblings Gertrude, Virginia, Donald, Vera, Patricia and Richard, parents Paul and Hilda Purcell.

John is survived by his wife and compass of life, Pam, children Cindy (John) Fout and Scott (Sandy) Purcell. He was a beloved Papaw to Brittany, Haley, Logan, Amanda, Skyler, Dylan, and Zach. He was a Great-Papaw to Jason, Maddie, Dani, and Charli. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 18, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home (2155 Compton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45231- Follow blue line on cemetery grounds to funeral home).

Funeral services and ceremonies to honor John’s life and pay tribute to his memory will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Arlington Memorial Gardens Cemetery – Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel (2145 Compton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45231-follow red line on cemetery grounds). Entombment to follow 11:30 AM at Lakeside Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in John’s name to Bella Care Hospice.

May the memories of John bring comfort to his loved ones during this difficult time.



Monday, September 18, 2023 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

The Arlington Memorial Garden- Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 11:30 AM

The Arlington Memorial Garden- Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel

Guest Book

“Pam I just found out about Reds passing. I’m so sorry and send healing energy and blessings to you💕💕. Love and prayers to you Love Colleen 💕💕”

“I feel sad for the loss of Uncle Red and wish I had sent sentiments to Aunt Pam and cousins, Cindy and Scott, much earlier. We only heard of his passing today as we were out of town and purposely ignoring outside communications. I certainly regret it now. It really hurts because Uncle Red held a special part in my life and memories, and I will never forget him.”

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“I truly believe that my Uncle Red has joined his siblings, and the rest of the family in the afterlife. He has joined them in watching over all of us left here on earth. I wished them all an extremely happy reunion in heaven and may they all rest in peace. We miss them, but will always have them in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord bless those that they left behind here on earth, and give them strength to continue on, knowing that our love ones are at peace, and no longer in any pain and that we will see them again, in the future. Amen.”

“Pam, I am so sorry to hear of your loss today at the YMCA. I know that the past few weeks have been very hard but hope you find comfort in knowing that Red is at peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Debbie Beccaccio”

“It was an honor caring for John @ Terrace View Gardens you will be missed.”

“I am so sorry for your loss Please tell Pam that I will be out of town and not able to make the funeral. I will keep you all in my prayers ❤️ Pauline”

“Godspeed Uncle Red! We will love you forever.”

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