DURANT Martin J., of Malden. Born August 5, 1928, Mr. Durant passed peacefully at his home on October 13, 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Rose (Sestito) and four adoring children: Donna Durant and her husband, Robert Staak, of Cornelius, North Carolina; Michael Durant and his partner Michele Patrick of Ossipee, New Hampshire; Rosemary Buzzotta and her husband, Michael, of Lynnfield, MA; and Maria Durant and her husband, Thomas Blackburn, of Winchester, MA. Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Mr. Durant grew up surrounded by the love of his five sisters, who called him simply "Brother." He is survived by his sister Veronica (Durant) Doherty and her husband, Mr. Durant’s childhood friend, Peter, of Chelmsford, MA. Mr. Durant also leaves his close friends and brothers-in-law Robert Sestito and his wife Claire of Medford, MA and Salvatore Sachetta of Everett, MA. Affectionately known as "P" to his grandchildren, Mr. Durant will be missed by his nine grandchildren, which he always said was perfect for fielding a baseball team: Jenna Caiazzo, Stephen and Daniel Durant, Stephanie, Rachel and Kristen Buzzotta and Benjamin, Sydney and Cole Blackburn. Mr. Durant also leaves a great-granddaughter, Lily Durant. His greatest joy in life was spending time with family and his life was blessed with many nieces and nephews with whom he enjoyed many conversations over tea at the kitchen table, trips to Fenway Park and the Saratoga Race Course. After graduating from Malden High School, Mr. Durant served in WWII in the United States Army where he was stationed in Japan as a medic. He attended Suffolk University where he honed his passion for writing and was employed for over 40 years as a civil engineer at the Massachusetts Department of Public Works where he worked on major projects that helped shape the current highway infrastructure in and around the Boston area. Relatives & friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Breslin Funeral Home, 610 Pleasant St., MALDEN on Friday October 17th at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford at 10 AM. Services will conclude with interment in Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday October 16th from 4-8 PM. To leave an online condolence please visit: www.breslinfuneralhome.com.
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610 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Published in Boston Herald on Oct. 15, 2014