"Bob" "Moose" (May 18-1963-April-28-2013)
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MANCHESTER - Robert "Bob" "Moose" Durant Jr. died comfortably April 28, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends. He was just shy of his 50th birthday.
He was born May 18, 1963.
He was married to Gail (Adams) for almost 18 years; together for 23 years.
He was predeceased by his mother Eunice (Ellison). He leaves behind his Dad, Robert Maurice Durant Sr. of Bedford; and his siblings, Dale Durant of Bedford, , Kim Durant of Manchester, and Troy Durant and his wife Doreen of Hooksett. He also leaves behind his son, Christopher Durant of Manchester, and children he loved as his own, Michael Santos of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Michelle Robinson and her husband Michael and two grandchildren, Paige and Brooke Robinson of Manchester. He had many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He served in the Marines from 1981 to 1984 and learned the trade of HVAC on airplanes during his service. He and his partner, Brian LeClerc, owned and operated Liberty Air for the past 25 years.
He was on the board of directors for Pointers Fish and Game Club for many years, always lending a hand with the many set-up targets for practice. He was also a member of Jutras Post and was quite the pool player.
He loved traveling to many places with his wife and friends and loved going to Foxwoods, playing in many Texas hold 'em poker tournaments and he always said he was ahead of the game, money-wise!
He loved his hunting, fishing, bear, wild boar trips with his family and friends. He enjoyed nature and thought nothing of sitting in a tree to catch the peace and quiet of the woods. He had many a tale to tell in those trees. He also loved kayaking the many waters with his favorite cigar in his mouth, his dog at his side and a fishing pole in his hands!
The many children in his life loved him so dearly. He was the favorite uncle and brother-in-law, and grandfather. He had the kindest soul and the warmest heart and would help anyone out in a bind if they needed him.
He was a jack-of-all-trades and built his log home as a subcontractor. He had many ideas and put his skills to work. His log home was his baby. It was magnificent with many details. He even built some of his furniture. He could do it all and it shined in his home.
Bob was a man who many adored and loved. He died with dignity and never complained. He will be missed by so many in his life whom he loved very much.
He loved to play jokes and dressed as a woman so he could see what a baby shower was all about, with the help of his wife, and he made one fine looking lady! He put many a smile on many women that day ... one we will never forget.
services: In lieu of flowers, Bob and Gail ask that a donation be made to the "Brain Tumor Research Fund," Dartmouth-Hitchcock Office of Development, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, 03756, Attn.: Dr. Fadul
A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a memorial service to celebrate Robert's life in the funeral home chapel at noon. Interment with military honors will follow after the service at St. Augustin Cemetery, Manchester. For information or to view an online guestbook and memories, go to www.phaneuf.net.
Published in Union Leader on May 1, 2013