Robert James Durham

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ROBERT JAMES DURHAM 12/9/1919-6/29/2012 Robert James Durham, 92, of Stuart, Florida, died June 29, 2012 at Treasure Coast Hospice. He was a World War II Veteran & a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach & American Legion Post 126. Born in Canton, MA, Bob was the youngest of 7 children of John & Eleanor Durham, growing up in Canton & Belmont, MA. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 & was commissioned to build the first radar station on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. Bob later served in Europe where he was wounded in action at the Battle of the Bulge; he also served in North Africa. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European African Middle East Theater Campaign Ribbon & American Theater Campaign Ribbon. Bob married Josephine Saladino of Chelsea, MA in 1948 & moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1953, where he & his wife raised 3 children in Fort Lauderdale/Sea Ranch Lakes/Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Bob was employed at The Sea Ranch Hotel (North American Company/The Governors Club/Sea Ranch Club) for over 30 years. In the 1960's, he was the president & a founding member of the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Athletic League, which put on the annual Children's Halloween party & fielded a men's softball team that played at Pompano Beach's Kester Park. He retired in 1985, moved to Hutchinson Island, then later to Stuart. He is survived by Josephine, his wife of 63 years; his children: Susan (Jim) Daly, Coconut Creek, FL, Michael (Carol) Durham, Raleigh, NC, Mary (Bob) Lewis, Stuart, FL; his grandchildren: Jimmy (Mindy) Bennett, Chris (Amy) Bennett, Brian Durham, Jill Durham and Jenny Lewis; his great grandchildren: Emma Bennett, Lorelei Bennett, Jonah Bennett and Chloe Bennett. A memorial mass will be held on August 4, 2012 at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997,, 772-403-4500. Burial will be at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Florida. Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on July 29, 2012
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