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Melburn L Durante

September 3, 1935 ~ April 24, 2022 (age 86)


Melburn L Durante, 86, of Torrington, CT, passed away peacefully surrounded by his beloved family on Sunday, April 24th, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. He was the husband of Kathleen Sullivan Durante.

Melburn was born in Ansonia, CT on September 3, 1935, a son of the late Clara (Harvey) and Reverend William H.C. Durant, and served in the US Army.  He had retired from the Production Control Division of the Torrington Company after working over 30 years.
He was a member of the Workman Memorial AME Zion Church, and was a member of The WP Gladding Masonic Lodge. He was an avid pinochle player who enjoyed weekly card games for over 30 years with his three best friends: Al, Bob, and Jeff. 

To say Mel was a family man would be a gross understatement. The highlight of his life was becoming a grandparent, and eventually a great grandpa. Anybody that ever met him knows that his family meant the world to him. 
In addition to his wife, Kathleen, he leaves sons William Durante, his wife Kristine, Melburn Durante II, his soon to be wife Millie, and his daughter Sheri Amechi along with her husband Chuma. Grandchildren Sierra Durante, Sedrick Trotman, Justice Amechi and his great grandson Connor Grenier, the joy of his life. 

He was predeceased by brothers William, Marvin, Reverend Charles and Willard Durante, and sisters Shirley Bostic, Joyce Powell, and Eleanor Adams.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday at Noon at The Workman Memorial AME Zion Church 60 Brightwood Ave. in Torrington.  

Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Ansonia.

Friends may call at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Thursday, April 28th at Phalen Funeral Home in Torrington

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April 28, 2022

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Phalen Funeral Home
285 Migeon Avenue
Torrington, CT 06790

Funeral Service
April 28, 2022

12:00 PM
Workman Memorial AME Zion Church
60 Brightwood Ave
Torrington, CT 06790

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