William F. Purcell Jr.
March 23, 1964 - February 27, 2012
We will forever mourn the loss of our Company President and good friend Bill Purcell who died on February 27, 2012 after a seven year battle with cancer.
Ascend Real Estate Group LLC was formed by Walt Rebenson and Bill Purcell in early 2009. Rob Eshoo joined as Principal, and both Bill Wolk and Rick Lillie joined as Principals in 2010.
From the moment Bill received the diagnoses, he was determined and optimistic that he would beat the disease.
He took on the challenges he faced over the years, determined to prove the statistics of his rare cancer, wrong. He was a fighter in every sense of the word and showed us all the true meaning of love, faith, courage and strength.
For those of you who were not fortunate to know him, Bill was a seasoned real estate veteran with extensive experience in development and finance. Born in South Holland, Ill.,, he loved our City and strove every day to improve our environment and quality of life by demanding superior design and function in all of his projects.
Bill was also a powerful advocate for kids, and in 2005 was elected to the Lyons Township school board, bringing his acumen in finance to the facilities communitee.
He was an avid runner who ran in the Chicago marathon in 2007 to raise money for the American Cancer Society and was a founding member of the Relay Race for Hungry Children Charity Run, an event dedicated to keeping children from going to bed hungry.
A devoted father of four, Bill was most proud of his four amazing children. He coached La Grange Little League Baseball and was involved in the Indian Guides and Princesses.
Bill is survived by his wife Karen, son Liam, daughters Claire, Erin and Evelyn.