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Carmen Claude Purdy

August 7, 1940 - November 24, 2021


Born in Emerald Lake, Saskatchewan the middle child of seven children, family was the most important thing in Carmen’s life. It shaped who he was, and the husband and father he would become.  He and his family moved to Fruitvale in 1944.

Carmen met his future wife Carol when they were teenagers.  They married in 1963 and soon after, started a family of their own. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter and this year, they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Carol was his rock, and his family was his life.  His greatest joy was time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Whether it was hiking on a mountain in search of morel mushrooms; spending an afternoon with them in his favourite huckleberry patch; heading out in the mist of dawn on their next hunting adventure; dancing in the kitchen; or sitting around the table enjoying conversation, good food, and dessert, Carmen’s best days and best memories were rooted in family.

Carmen and Carol moved from Fruitvale to Pine Point, Northwest Territories in 1967 where he took a job as a Safety Officer.  In 1968, they relocated to Kimberley, and it was here they set their roots to raise their family.

A storyteller at heart, the only thing he loved more than hearing a story was telling one.  He had an infectious joy for life, and infinite capacity for caring, and it was impossible to be in his presence without being impacted by his positivity, humour and kindness. He was loyal, deeply faithful, and a trusted friend.

He innately brought people together and cared deeply about supporting others.  From the simple acts like shovelling driveways for those in need, to volunteering for the BC Ambulance when he first moved to Kimberley or spending a career working in safety and Human Resources for Crestbrook, he devoted his life to serving and supporting others.

Carmen was dedicated to the Fellowship Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for 25 years. Up until 2020, he hosted a delicious monthly breakfast for any men who wished to attend. When the church family had a barbecue, he was the one shopping for supplies, and cooking the meat. He always said a prayer before all family meals and loved sharing his faith with others.

He saw life as an adventure and he lived it to the fullest.  A man of strong conviction, he was a passionate advocate for what he believed in and a tireless champion.

To say he had a passion for the outdoors and for wildlife would be an understatement.  Whether it was serving as President of the BC Wildlife Federation, helping establish the Habitat Conservation Trust or establishing the Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund, Carmen was actively involved in wildlife and land-use issues that contributed to the conservation of BC’s wildlife resources. He was declared Conservation Champion by the Nature Trust of BC and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Conservation in 2013.

Carmen leaves to mourn his wife Carol; son James, his partner Deb, and their children Corinthia, Kate-Lynn (Sean), Tessa, Rachel, Katie (Kaylee) and Tristan, and grandchildren Savannah, Hunter, McKayla, Parker,  Farrah, Felicity, and Freya; son Curtis, his wife Ann, their children Cameron and Lucas (Kelly); daughter Jodi, her husband Lee, their children Kelsey (Jeff), Drew (Christel); Gage (Tori) and Angus (Makenna), and grandchildren Adina, Toren and Kaden, and a precious baby girl due in February; brothers Oscar, Lorne and Blaine; sisters Kathleen and Sharon; and, his in-laws Will and Merle Wagner, Dave and Doreen Heidt, and Len and Shèrri Gordon as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents David and Gertrude, Carol’s parents Frank and Fran Gordon, brother Austin, adopted brother Pat, and granddaughter Hannah.

A celebration of life will be held December 11, 2021 at 10:30am at the Cranbrook Alliance Church.  The service will be livestreamed and for details please visit

He was a protector, a provider, a champion.

He was one in a billion. He was our “Pa”.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund, PO Box 100, Kimberley, BC  V1A 2Y5




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From: donna halpin
Relation: Friend

Carol. and families….I was surprised and saddened in hearing of Carmen’s passing. I send my deepest condolences:
Tenderly…may time heal your sorrow
Gently…May friends ease your pain
Softly….may peace replace heartache
And warmest memories remain

Donna Halpin

From: Paul & Susan Templin
Relation: Friends

Our sincere condolences to Carol, James, Curtis, Jody and families. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. Carmen was a great man and dear friend to
the both of us and will forever be remembered. A great Pa to all his children.
Rest in peace Carmen we will miss you dearly.

From: Beresford Fletcher
Relation: worked with him

It was my privilege and pleasure to work with Carmen for many years at the Skookumchuck Pulp Mill, my wife Diane and I offer our sincere condolences to Carol and his family

Relation: Friend, through Fellowship Baptist

Sending my sincere sympathy to Carol and the family at this time. Carmen was a wonderful man, very considerate, making everyone feel welcome. Margie and Al

From: Dale and Carrie Peet

Very deepest sympathies. “Uncle” Carm was a treasure. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

From: Jeanne Halleran Mccartney
Relation: I first met carmen in the mid 70's during land use meetings, later with the B.C. Wildlife Federation. I was special events coordinator and Carmen was President. He also participated in many WestLand T.V. shows. His energy and dedication to wildlife was infectious. Will miss our conversations.

My heartfelt condolences to Carol and her wonderful family, also to say how wonderful it was for you to have had such a special man in your lives. The service was made for Carmen. I could watch it over and over. He was a great friend to the Halleran family and was much loved.

From: Dave Bowman
Relation: Friend

My condolences to Carol and family. I am grateful to have known Carmen for the years I attended Cranbrook Fellowship Baptist. His courage, conviction and faith in God were a great encouragement to me.

From: Rick and Joan Myers
Relation: Friends of family

As friends of Dave and Doreen Heidt we want to extend them our sincere condolences in the loss of brother-in-law Carmen. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Joan and Rick

From: Patti
Relation: Friend of the family

With great sadness in my heart , (never meeting him) .But i send my love and hugs to alll my girls and best friend Tessa, knowing how much her Grandpa meant to her and so many others❤️

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
December 11, 2021
Beginning at 10:30am

Cranbrook Alliance Church
1200 Kootenay Street North
Cranbrook, BC Canada

1200 Kootenay Street North
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund, PO Box 100, Kimberley, BC  V1A 2Y5

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