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Mac E. Purvis

July 26, 1927 ~ May 15, 2018 (age 90)
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Mac E. Purvis, age 90, of Middlesex Twp., Valencia, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018 at the Arbors III in Gibsonia.

Born in Mars on July 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Thomas Darvin and Ida Hartung Purvis.

Mac was multi-sport athlete at Mars High School and is in the Mars High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 

He served in the US Army Reserves and was on active duty during the Korean War as part of the 459th Anti-Aircraft Artillery. He obtained the rank of Technical Sergeant. 

Mac worked his entire career as a second generation member of the family business, Purvis Brothers, which was founded in 1928 by his father and uncles, Sam and Oliver Purvis.  He served for many years as President of the firm, retiring in 2016 after nearly 70 years of service.

He was an enthusiastic golfer and a longtime member of Butler Country Club and also belonged to the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown.

Mac was a member of John E. Mair Lodge 729 F. & A.M. and was a member of many Masonic organizations including Syria Shrine and the Royal Order of Jesters.  Active in the community, he was a Charter Member and Director of Rich-Mar Rotary and was a Life Member of the Mars V.F.D., now Adams Area Fire District, the Mars American Legion and other organizations.  He was an active member for many years in Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and the Pittsburgh Petroleum Association.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Purvis.  His sons,  Mac Jr. (Karen) of Valencia and Robert of Palm Springs, CA; step-daughter Bonné (Jeff) Maiatico of Oxford, PA and grandchildren, JD, Mac III, Westin and Cierra, and his longtime caregiver, Sally Hallock. Also nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Heckert Purvis, and by his sisters, Dorothy Barton and Hazel Purvis and his brothers, Avril and Darvin D. “Dean” Purvis.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life honoring Mac Purvis Sr. on Friday, June 29th at the Mars VFW. The celebration will begin at 3:00 PM with a short memorial at 3:15, followed by food, refreshments and memories.  Burial in Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp.  Memorials may be made to the Rich-Mar Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 392, Mars, PA  16046.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at 

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