Richard Joseph Du­rante

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Richard was born in Chicago, IL on June 19,

1928. He passed away peace­fully at In­de­pen­dence Hall in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was

90. He was the son of Joseph & Lucy Du­rante. Richard is sur­vived by his wife, Carla Du­rante. He has 4 chil­dren, Carolyn, Clau­dia, Steve & Cindy (Justin). He has 7 grand­chil­dren, Ni­cole, Tay­lor, Cyndi, Neil, Kelly. Kara & Jake. He has 4 great grand­chil­dren, Shaun, Cody, Evan & Si­enna. He grew up in Chicago & served in the US Army in Korea. Richard moved to Ft. Lauderdale in

1953 and joined his Fa­ther build­ing homes in Deer­field & Pom­pano Bch. He later founded Du­rante In­dus­tries, a suc­cess­ful cus­tom cab­i­netry busi­ness from the ‘60’s thru the ‘90’s. Richard lived a life of great in­tegrity, hon­esty, old school hard work & sim­plic­ity. His creativ­ity & craftsmanship was a ma­jor mo­ti­va­tion in his life

- a man that loved to de­sign, invent & cre­ate with his skilled hands. His crowning achieve­ment was the restora­tion of a 1904 man­sion “Sy­donie” in Zell­wood, FL where he and Carla re­ceived the FL Restora­tion of the Year award in 2007 from the FL His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Spe­cial thanks goes out to Monique Bion­do­lillo of Nurs­ing Care­sul­tants, his loyal aides, and the staff of In­de­pen­dence Hall in Wilton Manors for the out­stand­ing care he re­ceived in his fi­nal years. He will for­ever be in our hearts. There will be a pri­vate ser­vice held on Sat., April 27, 2019.

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