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 Jac Eduard Purdon

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Jac Eduard Purdon

Birth
Death
23 Feb 2008 (aged 69)
Burial
Cremated, Other
Memorial ID
25171804 View Source

A radiant presence in Grosse Pointe was extinguished Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, when Jac Eduard Purdon passed away at his home in the City of Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Michigan.

Mr. Purdon was an analytical, yet artistic, spirit who brought joy to those who knew him. Lauded for his sculpting, painting, cartography, writing, humor and humanity, Mr. Purdon will be dearly missed by family and hundreds of friends.

He was born Feb. 19, 1939 and grew up in Detroit. From the age of nine until late in his life, Mr. Purdon spent summers and weekends at the family cottage in Colchester, Ontario. He loved the water, and in his 30s, built a 26-foot catamaran, with which he sailed the Great Lakes.

In 1966, Mr. Purdon married his beloved Carol (nee Kennedy), who predeceased him. The couple resided their entire married lives in Grosse Pointe. He was a familiar sight in the Village, walking or biking, and greeting all comers.

Mr. Purdon attended the University of Michigan, but preferred to return to Detroit, entering Wayne State University, from which he graduated with a master's degree in cartography. He worked for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments in the city of Detroit and he was deeply involved in the art direction for the Detroit People Mover stations.

He also served as illustrator and cartographer for S.L.A. Marshall's book, "Battles in the Monsoon: Campaigning in the Central Highlands, Vietnam, Summer 1966."

Mr. Purdon held a patent for a cigar-cigarette perforating device used for perforating the paper wrapping of a cigarette to form a ring of air holes around the wrapper. He also spent three years in the service of his country.

Throughout his life, Mr. Purdon worked on various artistic projects. He built startling life-sized models of the human body with all of the muscles and ligaments aligned perfectly. He also enjoyed working with small pieces. One of his artworks is comprised of more than 15,000 individual parts.

Gallery owner Robert Maniscalco noted in an exhibit of Mr. Purdon's work:

"Sculptor Jac Purdon received critical acclaim at the Michigan Gallery exhibit, which brought him to the public's attention in 1990. His brilliantly articulated, highly rendered sculptures compel the viewer to confront popular culture's definitions of truth. Both literally and metaphorically, his works peel away the pretense of facade revealing at once a painful yet enchanted view of humanity."

Through his wife, Mr. Purdon became an integral part of Grosse Pointe Theatre. He developed deep and lasting friendships and provided his talent, insights, dreams and humor. He designed several stellar sets for the group, painting the scenery himself to bring his concepts to fruition.

In recent years, Mr. Purdon became a licensed chaplain, and he applied much of his talent to listening to people and helping them through troubled times.

Mr. Purdon is survived by his sister, Carol (Bayrd) Berger; sister-in-law, Sandra Kennedy; a niece; many nephews; and hundreds of dear friends.

A memorial service was held March 1, 2008 onstage at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, the scene of much of his work.

His body was cremated.

A radiant presence in Grosse Pointe was extinguished Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, when Jac Eduard Purdon passed away at his home in the City of Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Michigan.

Mr. Purdon was an analytical, yet artistic, spirit who brought joy to those who knew him. Lauded for his sculpting, painting, cartography, writing, humor and humanity, Mr. Purdon will be dearly missed by family and hundreds of friends.

He was born Feb. 19, 1939 and grew up in Detroit. From the age of nine until late in his life, Mr. Purdon spent summers and weekends at the family cottage in Colchester, Ontario. He loved the water, and in his 30s, built a 26-foot catamaran, with which he sailed the Great Lakes.

In 1966, Mr. Purdon married his beloved Carol (nee Kennedy), who predeceased him. The couple resided their entire married lives in Grosse Pointe. He was a familiar sight in the Village, walking or biking, and greeting all comers.

Mr. Purdon attended the University of Michigan, but preferred to return to Detroit, entering Wayne State University, from which he graduated with a master's degree in cartography. He worked for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments in the city of Detroit and he was deeply involved in the art direction for the Detroit People Mover stations.

He also served as illustrator and cartographer for S.L.A. Marshall's book, "Battles in the Monsoon: Campaigning in the Central Highlands, Vietnam, Summer 1966."

Mr. Purdon held a patent for a cigar-cigarette perforating device used for perforating the paper wrapping of a cigarette to form a ring of air holes around the wrapper. He also spent three years in the service of his country.

Throughout his life, Mr. Purdon worked on various artistic projects. He built startling life-sized models of the human body with all of the muscles and ligaments aligned perfectly. He also enjoyed working with small pieces. One of his artworks is comprised of more than 15,000 individual parts.

Gallery owner Robert Maniscalco noted in an exhibit of Mr. Purdon's work:

"Sculptor Jac Purdon received critical acclaim at the Michigan Gallery exhibit, which brought him to the public's attention in 1990. His brilliantly articulated, highly rendered sculptures compel the viewer to confront popular culture's definitions of truth. Both literally and metaphorically, his works peel away the pretense of facade revealing at once a painful yet enchanted view of humanity."

Through his wife, Mr. Purdon became an integral part of Grosse Pointe Theatre. He developed deep and lasting friendships and provided his talent, insights, dreams and humor. He designed several stellar sets for the group, painting the scenery himself to bring his concepts to fruition.

In recent years, Mr. Purdon became a licensed chaplain, and he applied much of his talent to listening to people and helping them through troubled times.

Mr. Purdon is survived by his sister, Carol (Bayrd) Berger; sister-in-law, Sandra Kennedy; a niece; many nephews; and hundreds of dear friends.

A memorial service was held March 1, 2008 onstage at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, the scene of much of his work.

His body was cremated.

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