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Thomas C. Purwin

October 16, 1953 ~ September 2, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Thomas Purwin Obituary

Thomas C. Purwin of Bogota passed away on September 2, 2023. Born and raised in Jersey City, he proudly got his B.A and Master's from Seton Hall University. Tommy moved to Bogota where he resided for 41 years. Previously deceased by his parents Walter and Joan Purwin and his brother Walter Purwin. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years Rosemary Purwin(nee Lucey); children Tamara Cullere, her husband Jason, and Corey Purwin; grandchildren Benji, Tyler, Sebastian and Lucas; siblings Dorothy Fucito and her husband Lou, Patricia Purwin, Ronald Purwin and his wife Felicia, David Purwin and his wife Leslie, and Joanie Barone and her husband Lou;   He has 9 nieces and nephews; his 4 godchildren include Ashley, Ryan, Vanessa, and Lisa. Tommy started as a teacher with the Jersey City Board of Education and worked his way up to the Director of Technology for Jersey City Public Schools.  He was proud to work with and be the chair of the National Forum for Educational Statistics in Washington. A longtime parishioner of St. Josephs R.C. Church in Bogota he was a past president of the PTO for St. Joseph's School and a current member of the church choir.   Tommy had a passion for all music and especially loved playing the guitar. He was a member of Orpheus Club Men’s Choir in Ridgewood and had been in the band Dr. B and the Interns. Tommy was also a member of the Hobbyists Unlimited Hiking Club. Most of Tommy's days were spent being a loving and attentive Poppa to his grandsons.  Visiting will be at Petrik Funeral Home, 140 Palisade Ave., Bogota on Thursday Sept 7th  from 4-8 PM. Family will meet at the funeral home on Friday Sept 8th at 9 AM for the Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Bogota at 10 AM. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the National MPS Society P.O Box 14686 Durham NC 27709-4686 or

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September 7, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Petrik Funeral Home
140 Palisade Ave.
Bogota, NJ 07603

Funeral Mass
September 8, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Joseph's RC Church
115 Fort Lee Road
Bogota, NJ 07603


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