Durkin, William J.

William “Bill” Durkin, beloved husband of Sylvia Stegman Durkin, passed peacefully on the morning of February 3rd, surrounded by loving family. He was 86 years old.
Bill was born in West Hartford, CT to parents John Durkin and Sarah (Cooney) Durkin. He was a steamfitter and proud member of UA Local 777 (formerly local 218). He is a veteran of the Korean War, where he was a handler in the Scout Dog Platoon.
Bill married Sylvia (Stegman) Durkin in 1960. They lived in West Hartford, before moving to Unionville in 1965, where they happily lived for 54 years.
Bill is survived by his son William Durkin and wife Lisa (Gottsche) Durkin and their children Mitchell and Sarah Durkin; his daughter Deborah (Durkin) Pierce and husband John and their children Dillon Pierce and his fiancée Toni Visone, and Seth Pierce; and his son Daniel Durkin and wife Stephanie (Geist) Durkin and their two children Emily and Ethan Durkin. He is preceded in death by his parents John Durkin and Sarah (Cooney) Durkin, as well as a special uncle, William “Lummy” Mitchell, who built their house in Unionville.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, February 7th from 5PM to 7PM. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday, February 8th at 9:15AM followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St, Unionville, CT. Burial with military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Oak Hill Blind Services Program at 120 Holcomb St. Hartford, CT 06112, or on their website at oakhillct.org. Donations can also be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea.

Calling Hours

Friday, February 7, 2020 from 5:00-7:00pm

Funeral Service

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea ~ Unionville


St. Mary Cemetery ~ Avon

Memorial Contribution

Oak Hill Blind Services Program at 120 Holcomb St. Hartford, CT 06112, or on their website at oakhillct.org or the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea

6 Responses to 'Durkin, William J.'

  1. judith greco says:

    The Legion of Mary from St. Mary’s parish would like to offer our condolences to Bill’s family. We will pray for and remember him by offering a bouquet of rosaries in his name to the Blessed Mother.

  2. Sheila Murphy says:

    Dearest Dan, Stephanie, Emily and Ethan,
    What sad news to read of your father‘s death. I hope happy memories will replace the sadness and grief you must be feeling today. I’ll always remember the day your mom and dad came to the Jefferson Street office to pick up their puppy. Please know that you are all in my thoughts.

  3. Jennifer Ross says:

    So sorry for your loss Bill. Love and Prayers too you and your family!!!

  4. Maureen says:

    Dear Mrs. Durkin, Bill, Deb and Dan: My sincerest and deepest condolences to all of you and your families on the passing of your wonderful husband/father! I have so many fond and special memories of Mr. Durkin! He was always the nicest man and always made me laugh! My dad sends his sympathies as well and has so many great stories about the good old days in Lake Garda! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Mo

  5. elizabeth moseley says:

    All our love and sympathy during this difficult time. We hope you all can find some peace in the coming days.
    Beth and OJ

  6. Rhonda Lufkin says:

    You are a very special person!, Bill! God Bless You!
    Love, Rhonda + Chris & Barbara

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