Ed­ward J. Du­rante of West Nor­ri­ton

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Ed­ward J. “Duke” Du­rante, of West Nor­ri­ton, passed away on Novem­ber 11, 2017 at the age of 69. He was born on Fe­bru­ary 24, 1948 to the late Florence and Ed­ward A. Du­rante in Nor­ris­town. Ed is sur­vived by his chil­dren, who he shared with Can­dace Du­rante; Kira Jolles, Kori Springer (Chad), Kelly Knauf (Ni­cholas), Jaala Del­lan­gelo (John), and Mal­lory Cooper (Corey). He is also sur­vived by two grand­chil­dren, Dy­lan Knauf and Dade Del­lan­gelo. Ed is sur­vived by his sib­lings David Du­rante and Ann Du­rante. He was pre­de­ceased by his brother Wil­liam Du­rante.

Ed had an in­ter­est in how things work from a very young age, which im­pelled his mother to en­roll him in an elec­tron­ics course when he was around the age of 11. The only cour­ses avail­able were for adults and re­quired him to take a train at night. His mother still en­rolled him and waited for him in the back of the class while he learned. This cu­rios­ity car­ried on through his life as he be­came a man of many trades who loved to make and build mod­els from scratch, fix any­thing elec­tri­cal, wood­work­ing as well as the oc­ca­sional tin­ker­ing with his sum­mer and win­ter Vette. He got the most joy out of hang­ing with his “ex­tended” fam­ily as well as lend­ing a help­ing hand when­ever asked. Those close to him loved his com­pany and en­joyed lis­ten­ing to his unique view­points on life, even if it meant en­dur­ing his dry, sar­cas­tic hu­mor from time to time. There will not be any­one who can re­place him and he will be greatly missed.

A memo­rial ser­vice is be­ing held for Ed on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19 at 5:30PM at the King­dom Hall of Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses, 1120 Wood­land Ave Nor­ris­town, PA 19403.

Fam­ily ser­vices en­trusted to Boyd-Hor­rox-Givnish of East Nor­ri­ton, (610) 277 7000.

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