Robert (“Bob”) L. Purdue, Sr., 90, of Hamburg (formerly of Kinnelon), passed away on January 2, 2018.
Born in Newark, Bob grew up in Newark and Belleville. He enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 after turning down an invitation to the Boston Redsox training camp. He served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and enrolled in Seton Hall University where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education in 1950 and 1958, respectively. Bob enjoyed the greatest part of his career as an elementary school teacher in Wyckoff. In addition to forming young minds as a teacher, Bob shaped the character of young men for more than 25 years as a baseball, basketball, and soccer coach at Newman Prep High School in Wayne. He was an avid sports fan who especially loved the NY Yankees.
Bob’s love of sports was only surpassed by his love for his beloved wife, Rosemary, his children and grandchildren. Bob and Rosemary shared 61 wonderful years before her death in 2014. Bob is survived by his loving children, Robert L. Purdue, Jr. of Morristown, Jeanne Hantson and her husband Thomas of Oak Ridge, Richard E. Purdue of Clayton, CA, Donna L. Purdue of Lake Hopatcong, William T. Purdue and his wife Nancy of Wrentham, MA, J. Michael Purdue of Hopatcong and Stephen P. Purdue and his wife Kate of Bangor, PA; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and his brother, Russell Purdue of Belleville.
A funeral Mass will be held 12 pm Friday, January 5 at Our Lady of the Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Make A Wish Foundation would be greatly appreciated by his family.