From its start, Aaron Purmort's story is both touching and heart-wrenching to read. The 35-year-old has had a lot to look forward to in the last few years—from a whirlwind romance that started on Twitter, was covered by the local news and led him to say "I do" in 2011, to a new baby boy, born just last year. In a lot of ways, Purmort's life was just beginning. Which is why it's all the more tragic to learn that the young, vibrant art director passed away November 25, just two days shy of Thanksgiving.
As it turns out, in between all that good stuff of falling in love and getting married and having babies, Purmort was also bravely battling for his life. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer just a few months after meeting his wife, Nora, but has insisted on living out whatever time he had left with every bit of joy and positivity a person could muster, which—as the world now knows — included a heavy dose of humor.
"Before Purmort died, we had time to sit down and write his obituary," Nora recently wrote on her blog. "I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much."
Purmort, Aaron Joseph, age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years-long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city.
His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and T-shirts and concert posters, who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often.
In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party.
He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father's untimely death.
A service will be held on December 3, 2014, at Shelter Studios, 721 Harding St. NE, Mpls 55413 at 6 p.m.
In the wake of his death, Purmort's wife Nora has been doing her best to keep a sense of normalcy for herself and her young son. And if her Instagram is any indication, she's made it her mission to live with the same positive outlook her husband always insisted upon.
Touched by this story? Here's how you can help: Before his death, Spider-Man Purmort started a crowd-funding campaign on YouCaring.com, where he's since raised some $100,000 to help support his wife Nora and young son, Ralph, after his passing. Donate now.