Obituary: William F. Purvis

William F. Purvis, at 79
William F. Purvis of Hull, formerly of Jamaica Plain, died Dec. 12 at the age of 79.  
Mr. Purvis worked for the MBTA for more than 30 years and was a member of the Local 589 Carmen’s Union. He was a tour driver for City View Trolley Tours in Boston and was also a 60-plus-year member of the Boston YMCA. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. 
Known as “Bill the Shoe Guy,” for selling shoes, and as the “beach mayor” of Hull, he loved the beach, working in his yard, taking walks, riding his bike, swimming, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also a Boston history buff. 
Mr. Purvis had a great sense of humor and always had a joke. He was everyone’s go-to guy if they needed anything and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 
He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Mary L. Purvis of Hull; loving father of Julie Flynn and her husband, Paul, of Mansfield, and Elizabeth Purvis, of Hull; cherished “Papa” of Brendan William Flynn and Shannon Mary Flynn. He was the brother of the late Victor and Robert Purvis.
Mr. Purvis also is survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. 
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday, 4-8 p.m., at Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham. A Celebration of Life service will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Tuesday, prior to his funeral Mass at St. Ann’s Church, Hull, at 11. Burial at Hull Village Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6400 Shafer Ct. Suite 700, Rosemont, IL 60018. See for online condolences.