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Mr Purvis

Mr Richard Graham Purvis

4 May 1966 - 19 January 2019

Dear parent/carer,

Today we had to tell your child the very sad news that Mr Purvis died in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

As some of you know, Mr Purvis had a mild stroke during the evening of Wednesday 12th December, and then a second, very serious stroke on the evening of Sunday 16th December. He was rushed to Kings College Hospital in London where he received the very best care possible, but very sadly, he passed away peacefully in his sleep at 3.00am on Saturday morning surrounded by family who loved him.

Although Mr Purvis had been critically ill, his death is none the less shocking and tragic, and is very hard for both staff and pupils to process. We have spoken today to your child about the nature of grief, which is of course different for everyone. Support will be available through staff in school as well as expert, external help from KCC.

I will update you further when I know about the funeral arrangements.

I am sure, like myself, your thoughts and prayers are with Mr Purvis' friends and family at this very sad time.


Kind Regards,

The Ebbsfleet Academy