DURKIN--William A. Jr., age 85, passed away peacefully, on July 6, 2013 at Greenwich Hospital with his family by his side. He was born January 29, 1928 to William A. Durkin and Margaret Durkin, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1949, with a degree in civil engineering, and served in the US Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he joined the Walsh Construction Company where he became its Executive Vice President and spent his entire career working on major industrial and commercial projects throughout the US and abroad, including the United Nations and renovation of Yankee Stadium amongst others in New York. He was particularly proud of his family's long association with Walsh Construction which his father joined in 1914. Bill volunteered his engineering expertise to many non-profit organizations, guiding projects for Greenwich Hospital, Brunswick School, YMCA, and Stepping Stones Museum, to name a few. He served on several boards and chaired the Brunswick School Board of Trustees in the 1980's. In recent years, he enjoyed his service of residents at the St. Camillus Nursing Home in Stamford. Although he traveled extensively for work, volunteerism and service at home played a large role in his life which he impressed on each of his sons. An athlete, Bill's interest in team sports, whether as a participant or observer, were exceeded only by his love of golf, fly-fishing and skiing, each of which he excelled at and spent countless hours teaching his sons and grandchildren. He could shoot his age, coax a trout to a dry fly and, as recently as February, was skiing in Vermont. He was a member of the Greenwich Country Club, Ekwanok Country Club and the Beaverkill Trout Club. A true gentleman, mentor and friend to many, Bill leaves behind his wife of nearly 60 years, Ginny, sons Bill, Patrick, Tim, Tom and Dan; daughters-in- law Martha, Kristen, Liz, Sue and Susan, and fifteen grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at St. Michael's Church, Greenwich, Connecticut, on Thursday, July 11 at 1:00pm. There will not be calling hours. Bill's family requests, that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute (in memory of William A. Durkin, Jr.), 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006, or the William B. Nollman Memorial Caddy Scholarship Fund, c/o the Greenwich Country Club.
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Published in The New York Times on July 10, 2013