Andrew B. Durako Sr.

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MOUNTAIN TOP — 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 Township High School in 1946. In addition to the classroom, Gus excelled in baseball, basketball and football. He was a tackle on the noted Hanover Township High School 1944-1945 football team, which 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, of New Jersey, and his sister, Marie Durako Clark, of Easton, Pa.

Andrew is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan Shubilla Durako; son Andrew Durako and his wife, Ann Marie Prociak Durako, of Laflin; son Paul Durako, of Wilkes-Barre Township, and his former wife, Robin Duffy Durako, of Drums; son Dr. Robert Durako and his wife, Peggy Clancy Durako, of Drums; seven loving grandchildren: Allison Durako Sanjuanelo, Andrew Joseph, Krystina, Marissa, Nathan, Trevor and Aine Durako; great-granddaughter Alejandra Marie Sanjuanelo; his sister, Joan Stanko, and her husband, Joseph, of 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 Scout Master 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 its 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 Friday, May 18, 2018, at 10 a.m. in St. Jude's Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Friends and family may call 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Colleen Shea Children's Foundation, 1086 Highway 315 Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; Northeast Sight Services (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 in Mountain Top for its assistance with Andrew Durako's funeral arrangements.

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Mountain Top, PA 18707
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Published in Times Leader from May 16 to May 17, 2018