James “Marty” Purpura

June 2, 1938 - November 25, 2023

06/02/1938 - 11/25/2023

James M. Purpura, lovingly known as Marty, passed away on November 25, 2023, at the age of 85. Marty was born on June 2, 1938, in Wheeling, WV, to his parents James and Dorothy (Helms) Purpura. He was also blessed with a stepmother, Mary (Davis) Purpura, who cared for him deeply.

Marty dedicated his life to his work as a Master Electrician, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. He worked tirelessly for Boury, Inc. and TJ’s Sports Garden, showcasing his expertise and professionalism throughout his career.

Marty was proud to have graduated from McKinley Vocational High School in 1956. This foundational education laid the groundwork for his successful career, enabling him to excel in his chosen field. Following graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Army, where he demonstrated loyalty and bravery to his country.

In Marty’s personal life, he was known for his warm heart and genuine friendships. He cherished the connections he made and held them close to his heart. Marty’s special friends, Bob and Jody McAdams, Basil and Joyce Ellis, John Lovejoy, Dorris Papadopoulos, and Scott Harkness, were true sources of joy and support throughout his life journey.

Marty leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He is survived by his close cousins, Rosalie Davis, Joan Mazur, and Frank Purpura, who will fondly remember their shared experiences and the bond they shared.

The family plans to hold a private interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling, WV at a date to be determined. This intimate gathering will provide an opportunity for loved ones to honor and remember Marty in a personal and meaningful way.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Good Shepherd Nursing Home for their exceptional care and support during Marty’s time there. Additionally, they express their sincere appreciation to doctors James Comerci and William Mercer for their unwavering dedication and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 159 Edgington Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003 or online at www.tmcfunding.com.

Marty’s presence will be deeply missed, but his memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. As we bid farewell, may we find solace in the cherished moments shared and the legacy he leaves behind.

Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.

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Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of James M. Purpura, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, James M. Purpura, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Bryan Miller
2 months ago

Marty was my next door neighbor as a kid in the 70’s. I worked for him at Boury Inc. Started 1976. We used to go to Columbus to open new Elbys restaurants in the 70’s. Rest in peace Marty

Dennis R Albaugh
2 months ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of Marty. Denny Albaugh