Albert S. Purpura died peacefully in his home on August 9th at 90 years of age. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 22, 1917.
Albert served his country during WWII in the 1st Armored Division from January 1941 through July 1945. He was stationed at World’s End Camp in Ireland and took part in the North African Invasion. He spent five months in Anzio, a critical Allied landing site during WWII and also helped in the capture of Rome, Italy on June 6th in 1944.
In April of 1946, Albert married his sweetheart, Anne (Nancy) Reynolds. Two years later they were blessed with a son, Richard Reynolds Purpura. Albert and his wife traveled to 96 countries together over the years. Albert had already been to six other countries, while serving his country, before they got married. This year they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on April 13th.
Albert opened a business in Manhattan, NY doing gun repair when he got out of military service. He soon branched out to rentals of prop guns, knives, etc. to stage productions and TV programs. His business grew and, in 1964, he sold his business and decided to retire.
Albert was the Past Master of the Blanco Masonic Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Austin, Past Marshall Provost Guard of the Ben Hur Shrine, and a member of the Legion Post 352 for 30 years.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care. We couldn’t have coped without you.