Walter Purdy

Visiting Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, February 4, 2019
O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home
465 Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
St. Mary's Church
12 William Street , Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island, United States


11:30 am
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
St. Columba Cemetery
465 Brown's Lane
Middletown, Rhode Island, United States

Memorial Donations

Knights of Columbus Council 256 7 Valley Road Middletown, RI 02842

Obituary of Walter E. Purdy

Walter Ernest Purdy, 87, formerly of Newport, died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at  South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI. He was the husband of Cathleen Nagle Purdy who predeceased him.  Born in Newport on October 21, 1935, he was the son of Doris and Walter Purdy and had two brothers, Robert and Charlie Purdy.

Mr. Purdy grew up in the Point and lived in Newport most of his life. He was a graduate of Rogers High School and Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. He enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. After his military service he worked at Quonset Point and then for Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT, where he worked on the VH-3D program. Returning to Newport he worked for the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUWSC). He retired from NUWSC and became Director of the Navy’s Magnetic Silencing Facility in New London, CT.   

He is survived by his son, Walter Purdy III of Fairfax, Va., daughters Elizabeth  Bastiani of Wilmington, NC, Cathleen Farrea of Portsmouth, Anne Purdy Dzwill of West Palm Beach, Fla., and the late Patricia Ryan, 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandaughter.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, February 5, at St. Mary’s Church, Newport at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Lane, Middletown.

Throughout his life he was heavily involved in the Knights of Columbus and the 4th Degree Assembly, serving as Grand Knight and numerous other positions. Donations in his memory can be made to Knights of Columbus Council 256, 7 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842 to continue their works of charity.

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