WAYNE - Frank Dominick Purpura, 80, of Wayne passed away at Heritage Rehabilitation Center in Winthrop, Monday, June 27, 2005, after a brief illness. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was born April 4, 1925, in Hanson, Mass., the son of Frank A. and Evelyn (Seekins) Purpura. He served with distinction in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Bailey, DD 492. He eventually became historian for the ship. His history and ship models of the USS Bailey are on display in three naval museums. In his time of service, 'The Bloody B' received nine battle stars. \r\r\n\r\r\nFrank was a member of the Tin Can Sailors and the Thirty Mile River Snowmobile Club. \r\r\n\r\r\nBefore moving to Maine, Frank enjoyed his career as a builder of custom homes, a craftsman and fine cabinetmaker. Frank enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing, flying a seaplane, iceboating, woodworking and music. \r\r\n\r\r\nFrank's family members include his loving wife of 58 years, Florence Tirrell Purpura; his daughter, Dianne Higgins and her husband, Richard, of Dennisport, Mass., and Florida; grandsons Joshua and Matthew Higgins of Orleans, Mass.; a sister, Idella Snow and her husband, Timothy, of Florida; along with several nieces and nephews. \r\r\n\r\r\nFriends may gather for a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. A graveside service with military honors will be at the convenience of the family in Massachusetts.