Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, Canton, MA 02021
William Henry Campbell Purdie

William Henry Campbell Purdie, age 19, of Stoughton, Massachusetts, passed away suddenly on September 28, 2020. Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Will was a lifelong resident of Stoughton. Will was a member of the 2019 graduating class at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton, Massachusetts, where he excelled academically. He was a first-string member of the lacrosse team, a member of the Snowboarding and Ski Club, and a member of the Computer and Engineering Shop.
At the time of his death, Will was a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Science and Mathematics, Engineering program, where he studied Computer Engineering. He had received both a UMass Boston Chancellor’s scholarship and an Abigail Adams scholarship for his high school academic achievements.
When Will was not at school, he enjoyed working at Shaw’s Supermarket in Canton. William was an avid sports fan, particularly dedicated to the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots. In his down time Will enjoyed playing the guitar and video games and was a devoted Star Wars fan.
Will was the beloved son of Jessie Purdie, (Meier), and James Walter Purdie of Stoughton, and brother of Joseph William Purdie and his girlfriend Samantha Gedutis of Brockton and Lucas James Purdie and his girlfriend Natasia Moy of Quincy. Will was the maternal grandson of Sepp Meier of New Hampshire, and of the late Mary Meier, wife of Sepp, and the paternal grandson of the late William (Red) and Margaret Purdie. He was the nephew of Carol and Harry Tracy of Stoughton, and cousin of their children Mike, Rusty, and Jill Tracy. He was also the nephew of Matt and Rebecca Meier of New Jersey and cousin of their children Amelia Galloza and Liza, Mary, and Izzy Meier. Additionally, Will was the nephew of Francesca and Paul Priestman of New Hampshire, and cousin to their children Peyton, Ginger, Sarah, and Peter Priestman.
Will is remembered for, among many other attributes, his outstanding intellect, sense of humor, kindness, love of snowboarding and lacrosse, and his charisma. He was very close to his family, including cousins of all ages, and to his friends. He will be sorely missed by all.
Visiting hours will be at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home at 455 Washington Street in Canton on Sunday, October 4, from 2-5 pm. Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, only 25 guests are allowed in the funeral home at a time. Masks are required, and guests should bring their own pens to sign the register book. Memorial service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the William Purdie Scholarship Fund, care of Athletic Director Dan Tripp of the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, 250 Foundry Street, South Easton, Mass. 02375, telephone 1 (508) 230 1279, email
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455 Washington St.
Canton, MA USA 02021