Frederick "Fritz" J Durnan

June 3, 1938 ~ June 9, 2020 (age 82)

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Obituary of Frederick (Fritz) J. Durnan

USMC Veteran

Frederick Joseph Durnan (Fritz), 82, of Georgetown, and formerly of Wilmington, DE passed away in the care of the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford on June 9, 2020.  He was born on June 3, 1938 to the late James and Irene (MacDonald) Durnan in Wilmington, Delaware. He served in the United States Marine Corps, had Trade School training as a bricklayer, and was a Construction Supervisor in heavy construction building housing, buildings, major roadways, bridge work and other construction industry projects. Fritz with his brother Paul owned P&F Construction and he hired his nephews Joe Maney, Richard J. Durnan (deceased), Donald Durnan (deceased), Jimmy Durnan, Casey Durnan, Tommy Durnan ,Jeffery Durnan, and Tommy Maney. Fritz and his nephew Arthur founded a 2-man motorcycle club, Dirty Neck Durnan’s. Fritz and his wife Margaret (Peggy) shared other business, such as, Durnan’s Subshop and MF Farms. Fritz and Peggy were active with Wilmington districts and political committees. Fritz dabbled in music and loved harmonized voices. He was a devout Roman Catholic serving in the parish of St. Michael the Archangel and Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church. Fritz spent many years cutting the church's grass with his buddy Stacy Stubbs-John. Also, Fritz was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Fritz was very big into family and he held Family Hog Roasts over the course of four decades; loving, sharing and celebrating with family and friends.

Fritz is survived by his wife of 56 passionate years, Margaret Virginia (Hodgson) Durnan, two children Colleen A. (Durnan) Martucci and Adam J. Durnan, additionally Rafe W. Hurd and their many foster children. Also, surviving are four grandchildren Caylie L. Martucci, Conner J. Durnan, Megan R. Hurd, and Keren L. Rams (Red) and many extended family members and friends. Preceded in death by one daughter Lynda K. Durnan and his brothers, James, Arthur, Robert, Thomas, Richard, Paul, Phillip and infant twins; and his sisters, Irene Toomey and Rita Maney.

A time of viewing and visitation will be held Sunday afternoon, June 14, at Watson Funeral Home 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, DE from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  Due to the coronavirus precautions, social distancing and masks will be required, and there will be limitations on how many can be in the chapel at any one time according to the current guidelines.

Interment will be private at the Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

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June 14, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Watson Funeral Home
211 S. Washington St.
Millsboro, DE 19966


Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
26669 Patriots Way
Millsboro, DE 19966

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