Andrew B. Durako Sr.

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Andrew B. Durako Sr. of Mountain Top, and formerly of Ashley, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, in the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born Aug. 6, 1929, in the year of the Great Depression, he lived a wonderful life centered on family and faith. Andrew was the son of the late Anna Afton Durako and Andrew Vincent Durako.

Andrew, who was fondly called "Gus" by his family and friends, graduated from Hanover Twp. High School in 1946. In addition to the classroom, Gus excelled in baseball, basketball and football. He was a tackle on the noted Hanover Twp. High School 1944-1945 football team who went undefeated for 20 straight games.

Andrew was a master plumber by trade and followed in the footsteps of his father, who started AV Durako & Sons Plumbing in Ashley. For many years he serviced homes and businesses in the Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas, and helped many families resolve their plumbing and heating problems. Gus retired in 1995 after 50 years in the plumbing business, much to the disappointment of his many loyal customers.

In addition to his parents, Andrew was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas, from Lake Hiawatha, N.J., and his sister, Marie Durako Clark, from Easton.

Andrew is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan Shubilla Durako: son, Andrew Durako and his wife, Ann Marie Prociak Durako, Laflin; son, Paul Durako, Wilkes-Barre Twp., and his former wife, Robin Duffy Durako, Drums; son, Dr. Robert Durako and his wife, Peggy Clancy Durako, Drums; seven loving grandchildren, Allison Durako Sanjuanelo and her husband, Jean-Claude Sanjuanelo; Andrew Joseph, Krystina, Marissa, Nathan, Trevor and Aine Durako; great-granddaughter, Alejandra Marie Sanjuanelo; sister, Joan Stanko and her husband, Joseph, Temple Terrace, Fla.; sister-in-law, Kay Durako; brother-in-law, Frank Clark; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Durako was very devoted to his Catholic faith and was a member of St. Jude's Parish in Mountain Top.

He was an active member of the Mountain Top Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and was a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 60 of St. Jude's. He was a coach of Mountain Top Little League and Teener baseball.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf with his sons and friends. A die-hard Yankees fan, he followed them through the years and was a huge Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle fan. Gus and his wife also enjoyed ocean cruises with their friends.

He was so proud of all the scholastic and athletic achievements of his children and grandchildren. Grandpa Durako was their biggest fan, and they all valued his loving support and encouragement.

The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff of Wesley Village and the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit in Wilkes-Barre for their kindness and care to Mr. Durako over the past several weeks.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Jude's Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Friends and family may call from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the church prior to the funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colleen Shea Children's Foundation, 1086 Highway 315 Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; to Northeast Sight Services (the former Blind Association), 1825 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643; or to SAFE (Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere), 275 Mundy St., Suite 201, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

The family would like to thank McCune Funeral Service, Mountain Top, for their assistance with Andrew Durako's funeral arrangements.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 17, 2018