George H. Purdy Jr.


George H. Purdy Jr., age 82, a resident of Johnstown, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021. at Nathan Littauer Hospital after a short illness.

George was born on December 17, 1938, in Gloversville, NY. He was the son of the late George H. Purdy Sr. and Nora M. Clegg Purdy. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School, class of 1957. He worked in the leather mills all his life and retired from Liberty Leather in Johnstown.

George loved to play golf and was a long standing member of the Fox Run Golf Club. He was the first one in the parking lot at 5:30 a.m. every morning even though tee time was not until 8:00 a.m. He had an on-going bet with his friends that if he got a hole-in-one, they would have to pay up; he would always ask if they had their $100 bill ready before he drove the ball. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a pilot of his own single engine airplane in his earlier years. George was a second generation Eagle Scout and also taught Sunday school at the Broadalbin Methodist Church years ago.

George touched many lives. He was witty and charming and a friend to everyone. He enjoyed the NY Yankees and the NY Giants.

On August 21, 1993, George was united in marriage to Carol (Dunbar) Purdy. The couple shared 15 wonderful and memorable years together until Carol’s passing in 2008.

George is survived by his son, Richard Purdy (Connie) of Hope Falls, NY; daughter, Lynne Illsley (Doug) of Northville, NY; and daughter, Lori Barton (David) of Gloversville, NY. He is also survived by two stepsons, Anthony Mobus of North Port, Florida and Scott Mobus of Springfield, Vermont. George had nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; as well as several cousins.

George is also survived by many, many friends who loved him very much.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m. at the Northville Prospect Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gloversville Little League, P.O. Box 1056, Gloversville, NY 12078.

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By Paul Wager