Brian Joseph Purdy (Feb. 8, 1988- Sept. 21, 2019) artist, musician, and ass-kicker extraordinaire, beloved son and brother, passed away from this earth on September 21, 2019. Brian was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. From an early age he had a creative gift that was unparalleled. His love of music was a driving force in his life. Those that heard him play, would often say he was the best drummer they ever heard. He loved the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Perpetual Groove, Ween, the Rolling Stones and so much more. If you didn’t know anything about this music he would gladly spend all night telling you. His art was a passion that gave him greater purpose, especially later on in life. It gave him solace from the toil of the rat race, which he wanted no part of. On top of that, he was also an outstanding cook who never would let someone go hungry. Brian struggled for years with mental health and addiction issues, but he never tried to let these struggles define who he was. He was good at living under your skin, but he also would stick by the people he cared about and was so endearing to those that loved him. Sometimes he could irritate you, but never for too long because you couldn’t stay mad at him for very long cause you knew he would be there for you if you needed anything. Other times he would inspire you to get off your butt and get out and live like you were 18 again on a Friday night. He was a kind hearted soul, who wanted nothing more than people to enjoy life as much as he did. His passing leaves an emptiness in all he impacted, but the life and the joy it brought to others will never be forgotten. We love you Brian, rest easy brother! “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming.”Wow! What a Ride!”- Hunter S. Thompson

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  1. So many wonderful memories and never a dull moment. You are one of kind and were a great friend to so many. One thing is for sure that you will be missed so much and never be forgotten. Even though your physical being is no longer with us, your spirit will forever live on in every person that knew you. You had so much love for your family and friends. I know you are smiling as we all stand together as one big family because of you. You showed so many of us how to love deeply and with no limits. I pray that you finally have the peace that you have been searching for so long. Rest in peace my very dear friend. Thank you for loving me the way you did and showing me how to be okay with who I am and the courage to give the middle “fu” finger to those that didn’t like it. I love you always and forever!

  2. Jeanne, Joe and Matthew I am so truly sorry for your loss. Tori and I always remember Brian as being the cutest little boy ever so full of life and mischief. I especially loved all the crazy phone calls you got at work from your boys. My heart breaks for you, we love you all and pray that in time your heart heals and you can remember all the good things he brought to you in his short life.

  3. Dear Jeanne, Joe, Matthew and all your extended family. My heart is so broken for your loss. I have followed Brian’s progress since the day he was born and know how special he was. May he rest in peace and may each of you find some peace. My love and prayers,
    Kathy Barnett

  4. I had a great time playing with him up in West Virginia back in June. Talented young man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. I know you left a lot of people behind who loved you dearly when you left this earth. You were truly one of a kind. Rest easy Purdy.

  6. I sincere condolences to Mr. Purdy’s family. I pray that God will give you strength and peace during this hurtful moment.

  7. My sincere condolences to Mr. Purdy’s family. I pray that God will give you strength and peace during this painful moment.

  8. To the Purdy family, I pray that God will comfort you and give you strength during this most difficult time. May you always remember the love and the joy he brought to your lives and May God receive him with open arms.

  9. It doesn’t seem right that someone so young has passed. I know your heart is broken. Such a beautiful write-up about Brian and his life. I hope his memory is a blessing to you and that you find comfort in the times that shared with him.
    Wendy Binderow (Hannah’s sister)

  10. Debbie and I are so saddened to hear of Brian’s passing. All of the Purdy family is in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time.

  11. In just the short amount of time that brian and I spent together, he really left a beautiful and lasting impression on me and I will miss him. -Float on-

  12. My heart aches for your family We love you Jean and Joe Matt always embracing us into your family friend circle seeing Brian through the years and his big smile. We are sad . Heaven has gained an effervescent true kind soul.Sending you hugs and prayers

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. When there is really no words, we send our love.

  14. I’m deeply saddened to learn of Brian’s passing. He was so sweet … so loved … so young. Love and healing wishes to Joe, Jeanne, Matt, and Hannah.

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