Christened Geoffrey Henry Burns Purvey, this benevolent benefactor of many sports in Peterborough and district became known simply as Jeff.
Born above a fish store in Toronto, in 1922, Jeff never got very far away from the restaurant business. Following six years in the army during World War II, he went into business in Toronto, then moved to our city in 1956, residing here until his death in 1986. It didn’t take him too long to become involved in the community, supporting teams in hockey, softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and other sports. Jeff sponsored more than 35 teams, often reaching into his pocket to help purchase jerseys or equipment. He was also founder and charter president of the Peterborough Gyro Club. In 1980, the City of Peterborough conferred on him its Award of Merit for his support of city athletic teams and events.
His softball teams won several City League championships during the 1960s. Jeff Purvey’s contribution to our sports culture is immeasurable.