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NASHUA -- Edward Francis Durant, 85, of Nashua died Feb. 13 after a long period of failing health.
Born in Brockton, Mass., on June 4, 1933, he was the son of Francis and Eleanor (Winberg) Durant.
Mr. Durant was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Limestone, Maine, he met Emilia Pelletier of nearby Grand Falls, New Brunswick. He and Emilia were married Feb. 6, 1956.
After his Air Force service, he became an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration. The Durants moved back to Brockton when he was assigned to Logan Airport in Boston. He transferred to the Boston Regional Air Traffic Control Center in Nashua in the early 1960s. He was a Nashua resident for the rest of his life, retiring from the FAA in 1988.
He was an active member of the Parish of the Resurrection in Nashua.
Besides his wife of 63 years, he is survived by his sister, Natalie Durant of Nyack, N.Y., and his four children: Mark Durant and his wife, Debbie, of Burke, Va.; Karen Lynch and her husband, Tom, of Nashua; Darrell Durant and his wife, Kathryne, of Waterbury, Conn.; and Richard
Durant and his wife, Karen, of Derry.
He also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Lisa Durant of Lorton, Va., Deborah Jay Currie of Miami, Fla.; Katie Durant of Sturbridge, Mass.; Michael Durant of Nashua; Drew Durant and William Durant, both of Waterbury; Michael Lynch of Nashua; Joseph Durant of Dover; and John Durant of Derry. He was predeceased by his first grandchild, Jennifer Durant, in 2014.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4-7 p.m. at Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Parish of the Resurrection, 449 Broad St., Nashua. Friends are invited to meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial
donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (pcf.org).