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Queen’s remembers John Purkis (Com’48)

Queen’s University regrets to inform the community of the death of John Henry Purkis.

Purkis, an alumnus (Com’48) and an active member of the Kingston and Queen’s communities, died Monday, March 18, in his 102nd year.

After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1942 to 1946, Purkis enrolled at Queen’s University in commerce, graduating in 1948, earning his CA in 1953. After a distinguished career he was elected a life member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in 1995. 

At the university he served as president of Queen’s Commerce’48, promoter Commerce’48 Endowment Fund, and was an elected member of Queen’s University Council.

Flags on campus will be lowered on Tuesday, March 26, when a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Portsmouth, starting at 2 pm, followed by a reception.

An obituary is available online.