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“I was a parishioner of Grace Episcopal when Father Durkee answered the call to become our next leader. I remember Father Durkee as being a great...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Sandra Desharnais - Nashua, NH

“Fr. Durkee will never be forgotten in my family. One of the best people to ever touch our lives. RIP ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: John Zafiris Jr - Medford, MA

“Rest in peace Father Durkee you were there whenever my family needed you and we will not forget you.. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Ellen DiCarlo - SW, FL

“How blessed we are to have known him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.Much love,Valerie & Al ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Valerie Cowart - Nashua, NH

“Father Durkee was chaplain of the Ancients while I was a member. A true gentleman and a man of God. He was always,always inspiring and a model for us...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: john sherman - lynn, MA - Friend

“Father Durkee was my minister growing up at Grace. He and his family were very much apart of my younger years. He also counseled and subsequently...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Nance Pearson Wynn - Clay, AL

“Father Durkee was a wonderful man who loved God, country and family. RIP ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Bill Biswanger - townsend, MA

“Father Durkee was a wonderful man and friend. Although I have not spoke to him in many years I have nothing but warm memories of a fine man. God Rest...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Bill Biswanger - townsend, MA

“I'm so sorry to hear about his passing he is now resting in peace may god be with his family you are all in my prays always remember the good times...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH

Rev. Robert M. Durkee of Nashua NH passed away peacefully on July 30th, having lived a full and meaningful life. He was born on November 8, 1926 to Elizabeth and Melvin Durkee, and grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Lehr of Peabody MA. His sister Ruth Jones predeceased him.

His first wife, Diane (Butters) Durkee, predeceased him in 1998. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elaine (Foster) Durkee, his faithful companion to the end. He leaves his children, Sandra (Durkee) Rigazio of Goffstown NH, and Scott M. Durkee of Medford MA, and his grandchildren, Krista (Durkee) Collette and Michael Durkee. He will also be missed by his step-children, Kristen Quimby, Kerry Ellis and Karen Ewell, and his step-grandchildren, Amethyst, Kyle and Cooper.

Bob joined the Navy at 17 and fought in World War II in the South Pacific. He fought in Okinawa, and it was during his experiences on board an ammunitions ship that he received his call to serve in the ministry. He served in three branches of the service; the Navy, the Air Force, and he retired as a Brigadier General from the Yankee Division of the Army Reserves. For many years, he was the Chaplain for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. He had also served as State Military Chaplain for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

He attended Tufts University and Boston University Theological School, and was ordained as a Methodist pastor, eventually serving parishes in Franklin and Lynn Massachusetts. For two summers, he worked as a counselor at a Refugee Camp in France for orphans after the war. It was one of his treasured experiences.

In 1963, he returned to seminary to become an Episcopal priest. He then served as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Medford Massachusetts from 1964 until his retirement in 1989.

Father Durkee's funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Grace Episcopal Church, 160 High Street, Medford, MA 02155. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Doctors Without Borders, or the charity of your choice.