John "Jack" Richard Durfee, of Enfield, son of the late Woodrow Durfee and Gertrude Holdridge, entered into eternal rest on April 22, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
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Born in Rome, N.Y., on May 2, 1945, he served as a naval photographer during the Vietnam conflict and later graduated from Utica College/Syracuse University. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 2011.
He leaves his wife, Denise; son Sean Bogli and fiancé, Melissa Strassburg, and family of Longmeadow, Mass.; daughter, Alison Bogli of Santa Monica, Calif.; daughter, Jessica Masias and husband, Gaston, of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Meaghan Durfee and fiancé, Robert Valentine, of Quaker Hill; son, Colin Durfee and wife, Satomi, of Seattle, Wash.; and son, Matthew Durfee, and his longtime girlfriend, Nicole Hebert, of Windsor. He also leaves two sisters, Linda Slocum of Cicero, N.Y., and Sharon Galluppi of Rome, N.Y., and their families; sister in-law, Grace Ward and family of Winston-Salem, N.C.; brother, Douglas Holdridge and family of Rome, N.Y. Finally, he leaves the joys of his life, his six grandchildren, Shane, Cameron, and Morgan Bogli of Vernon, Gavin Garzelloni of Quaker Hill, and Madeleine and William Masias of Los Angeles. Jack also leaves his beloved pets, Avery and Tyson.
Jack enjoyed family trips across the United States and to Europe, Asia, and Africa. He recently became a volunteer driver at the Enfield Senior Center, where he put his talents to good use. Jack was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who always saw the glass as half full and was happiest when surrounded by his family. You will be greatly missed, Jack.
A service to celebrate Jack's life will be held at noon Monday, April 28, 2014, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. His family will receive relatives and friends at Leete-Stevens one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. to noon Monday. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29, 2014