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Patrick J Durant
December 16, 1944 ~ July 19, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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PLAINVILLE - Patrick Matthew James Durant, 78, of Plainville, passed away July 19th 2023.
Born in New Britain on December 16, 1944, he was the son of the late Matthew James “Bud” Durant and Anne Gene (Gregorzek) Durant. He is predeceased by a sister, Ann Patricia Sacco Lawson.
Pat grew up in New Britain and Bristol, attending Bristol schools until enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1962, having completed basic training in Illinois. He served 2 years as Military Police security at the Naval Air Station in Maryland, then transferred to Virginia where he was deployed on the 6th Fleet of the USS Forrestal in The Mediterranean until 1965 receiving Honorable Discharge.
After returning home to CT, he worked various printing and machining jobs until settling at The Hartford Courant as a press room operator for 35 years until his retirement. Pat enjoyed good times with friends, spending time outdoors, kayaking around Silver Lake, eating at favorite local lunch spots, meeting up with friends at Walnut Hill Park where he read his daily newspaper and did the Jumble, and always enjoyed homemade Sunday dinners at Mom’s.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Durant, her husband Tim Paradis, grandchildren Samantha and Tim Jr, an uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, cousins and many lifelong friends.
Calling Hours will be held on Sunday, July 30th from 12-2pm at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St. Plainville, directly followed by a graveside service with Military Honors at his final resting place Center Cemetery, Cedar St. Newington. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the family. Bailey Funeral Home of Plainville is honored to have been entrusted with Patrick's care and final arrangements.