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Weʼre raising £400 to remember John Purkis and support the Open University and the Merton Floats

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Our father John Purkis died on 8th December 2018 and we are raising funds in his memory. John studied at Merton College, Oxford where he appeared as Miss Prism in the Importance of Being Earnest with the Merton Floats (Merton student drama society), part of the money raised will go to support their ongoing work. John worked at the Open University from 1970 - 1995 teaching English and later in the Classics department. Part of your donation will go to support students, teaching and research at the Open University . If you would like to join us in supporting these causes in John's memory please donate here.

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  • Kate Drewitt1 month ago
    Kate Drewitt

    Kate Drewitt

    1 month ago

    Thank you to everyone who attended the funeral today. if you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the order of service, please email with your postal address to: As word is still reaching some friends and colleagues, I plan to continue with the collection for a few more weeks.

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  • Kate Drewitt1 month ago
    Kate Drewitt

    Kate Drewitt

    1 month ago

    Thank you to everyone who has donated in John’s memory. His funeral will be tomorrow 28th December at 10am at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge.

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Page last updated on: 1/12/2019 19.10



  • Neil Taylor

    Neil Taylor

    Jan 12, 2019

    John and Sallie became close friends the moment we got to know each other on a Historical Association tour I organised to North Korea. A visit to John in Cambridge was always an inspiration.


  • Una McMahon-Beattie

    Una McMahon-Beattie

    Jan 7, 2019


  • Gwen Chambers

    Gwen Chambers

    Dec 30, 2018

  • Anonymous


    Dec 29, 2018


  • Rachel Thomas

    Rachel Thomas

    Dec 28, 2018


  • Carol and Barry Jones

    Carol and Barry Jones

    Dec 28, 2018

    Remembering John Purkis

  • Jo Tunmer

    Jo Tunmer

    Dec 27, 2018

    with love from Jo, Luke, Ciaran and Hannah x


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