Thomas M. Durgala
1935 - 2016
BORN
1935
DIED
2016
FUNERAL HOME
Barber Memorial Home, Inc.
428 Main Street
Johnson City, NY
Durgala, Thomas M.

of Johnson City, NY, 80, passed away at his home on May 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Anna Durgala. He is survived by his beautiful bride of 61 years, Betty (Gerst) Durgala; and their children, Tina and William Wildey, Teri and James Dobrzynski, Scott Durgala and Beth Keene, David and Kimberley Durgala. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brian and Kate Wildey, Sarah and Will Richmond, Shannon and Andrew Stowell, Jessie Dobrzynski, Jacob Durgala and Morgan Fairbanks, Lyza, Zac and Mack Durgala and great-grandchild, Kamden Durgala. He is also survived by his sister and brother, Sharon Cutusso and Norman Durgala, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom graduated from Union Endicott High School and was retired from IBM, where he worked for many years as a senior associate engineer. Hence, he was quite an inventor and the family "go-to" person for fixing things, finding a way to solve any type of problem or, as he put it "jack of all trades, master of none"- but anyone who knew him would not describe his abilities that way. He was always prepared to 'do the math' to make any hare-brained scheme the rest of us could dream up into a reality. He was, at one time, a professional photographer and was also an avid outdoorsman. Tom was a lifetime member of the NRA and a talented gunsmith, as well. He served in the Army National Guard for 9 years and was, rightfully, proud of that service. He most enjoyed spending time with his family, tinkering and re-designing everything he could get his hands on-just ask Dr. Harris! We will always cherish our time spent with him and will strive to honor his legacy of strength, wisdom and love. He treasured his wife and family and was always ready to help anyone in need. We will all miss him dearly. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Broome Oncology/Radiation Oncology and the entire staff of Lourdes Hospice for their care and support. At Tom's request, only a short committal service will be held for family members wishing to attend. The service will be held at Upper Lisle Cemetery, 6069 State Route 26, Whitney Point, NY on Wednesday, May 18th at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom's memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.





Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 16 to May 18, 2016.
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Tom was one of the nicest and best coworkers I ever had. He taught me so much that helped me in my IBM career. I am indebted to Tom for that. I know Tom is greatly missed. Blessings to th Durgala family. Gene Johnson
Eugene Johnson
Coworker
May 10, 2020
I was shocked to pick up the paper today and see Toms photo in the front page with the " A life lived " story . My heart sank , I am saddened . I've been wondering for a long time why you two haven't been into Friendlys , I've been missing you and hoped that things were ok with you both . I will never forget his sense of humor and gentle ways of joking with me , and adored his way of "picking on you." Your marriage was one to respect and and look up to. I always watched that front door hoping to see your faces enter , made my day to see you both ! . I hope you will stop and see me sometime soon , I'd love that . All my love and prayers for you to find peace and comfort in the many years of memories you shared together .
Maureen Ferro
June 6, 2016
Our whole family said a prayer for you. Even though nothing can take away the sadness of losing him, you should take comfort in knowing that God will be very happy with such a talented handyman to help Him out if anything needs fixing.
The Antos Family
May 18, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Tom's battle and his passing. Love you all. Lots of Love❤❤
Wilma & Family Daley (Fuller)
May 17, 2016
Our sincerest condolences Dave and family.
OJ and Michelle Avery
May 17, 2016
Dear Betty, Tina, Teri, Scott & David, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Mom & Dad enjoyed your friendship even after they moved away. Tom always had a great story & joke to tell them.
Dave & Brenda (Brenchley) Maslar
May 17, 2016
Scott and family,
Sorry for the loss of your father. Keep close the memories he created for you. There are many fine similarities that he passes on to you, including his engineering intellect. My faith now tells me your dad is in Heaven making rooms for his loved ones. He now knows all the secrets of the universe, and is watching over his family with Jesus at his side.
-Blessings and comfort.
Kim Fazio
May 17, 2016
Dave,Scott, and Family,

We are sorry for your loss, our prayers are for your family at this time of loss. may he rest in peace, and peace be with all of you

John Nezelek and Family
May 17, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time. Lauren, Josh, Gavin & Logan Fuller
Lauren Fuller
May 17, 2016
Betty, Teri, Jim, Jesse, & Durgala Family:

We were so sad to hear of Tom's passing. He was such a good person and will be greatly missed by all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

John, Eileen, Marie, & Jerred
Osick
May 16, 2016
Betty & Family:

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Tom. We all had many years together on Oakdale Road. Tom will be missed by many.

Joanne, Dorothy & The Brenchley Family
Joanne Brenchley
May 16, 2016
Dave and Family,

My condolences to you and the rest of your family.

Brad Chubb
Brad Chubb
May 16, 2016
My sympathies fo Tom's family in his passing. I had the privilege of working along side Tom for a few years in IBM Owego. Tom was a true mentor and friend. He taught me so much in the time I worked with him. My prayers for the family during this difficult time. Gene Johnson
Eugene Johnson
May 16, 2016
To the Durgala family my life long friends. Growing up on Oakdale Road with David, Scott, Terri & Tina I have know the family my entire life. I am so sorry to read of your father's passing. he was always good to me & helped me in anyway he could. God bless your entire family at this time of sorrow.
Thomas Clark
May 16, 2016
DAVE AND KIM
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD. EVEN THO I DIDN'T KNOW HIM WELL, WHENEVER I SAW HIM HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING AND HAD A KIND WORD. I PRAY HE RESTS IN PEACE.
MARYGRACE RYDER
May 16, 2016
Dave & Family,
I'm very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts.
Julie Michalak
May 16, 2016
Betty and family, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and dad. My prayers are with you and your family. May all the wonderful memories help you through this time of grief.
Cathy Jo Edmunds
May 16, 2016
Teri, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and Jim and Jess. Love you.
Donna-Rae Balles
May 16, 2016
As a young engineer, I was grateful to have Tom's
guidance on many projected when we both worked in Owego. He was a truly great mentor.
Thanks Tom, you will be missed..

Richard Rinebold,
Windham, Pa
May 16, 2016
Jim, Teri and Jesse,

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. You will always have an angel to watch over and guide you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Cathy Libous
May 16, 2016
TO the Durgala Family we are so sorry for your Loss, Our deepest Sympathies and Prayers at this Difficult time.
The Dailey Family
Kelly Dailey
May 16, 2016
Tom was a creative genius. I worked with Tom in Owego and marveled at how easy it was for him to solve mechanical issues that had the rest of us scratching our heads.
My condolences to the family.
Loren Lohmeyer
May 16, 2016
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