PORTLAND — Thomas Paul Duran, 88, died peacefully on Nov. 30, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough with friends, family and the caring staff by his side.
Duran was born in Portland, a son of Michael F. and Mary Flaherty Duran. He attended local parochial schools and was a graduate of Cheverus High School. He was a longtime communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and recently a communicant of Holy Cross Church in South Portland.
He was employed for eight years at MacDonald Lumber. He retired in 1987 from the maintenance department in the Portland School Department after 17 years.
Duran had varied interests. He enjoyed all things Irish and especially enjoyed learning about the family history. His father migrated from Luttermullen, Ireland. Duran visited Ireland and liked to travel; he visited 26 states. For several years he was a ham radio operator and belonged to the K1JKT Amateur Radio Club. He was also an avid walker, enjoyed karaoke, and was a fan of New England sports teams.
He was predeceased by his parents; sisters Mary Ellen Duran, Barbara Pardi, and Frances Crone; and brothers Michael J. Duran and Patrick Duran.
He is survived by a brother, John E. Duran, of Providence, R.I.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins’ extended family members; and many friends including his dear friend Heather Burns.
Duran’s family would like to thank the staff, nurses and volunteers at both Hospice of Southern Maine and the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for all the care and compassion that they gave.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Holy Cross Church, Broadway and Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074; or to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Portland, P.O. Box 7830, Portland, ME 04112.