Award-winning artist Joseph Purcell (b. 1927) was honoured in a ceremony organized by the Saint Patrick’s Church Restoration Society, held at Saint Patrick’s Church in Halifax. In 1951, Purcell painted a series of murals high above the high altar at the church. Joseph and his wife, Tela, were married in the church, as were his parents and grandparents. From age fifteen, Purcell developed an early interest in painting and exhibiting his work. (Painting: Oldham, by Joseph Purcell. 1986).