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Pete Durkee

January 31, 2024
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 Peter P. Durkee, 86, of Troy, N.Y., passed away on January 31, 2024. He was born on May 18, 1937, in Troy, N.Y. Peter served as a Troy Police Officer for 37 years, retiring in 1996. He received a Silver Shield in 1973, for his dedicated service. Peter also served as a Rensselaer County Legislator, and was a staple of the South End Tavern for many years. He was a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Div #8 in Troy since 1961, serving in various offices, including State President from 2003 to 2005.
Peter is survived by his beloved wife, Mary E. (Corbett) Durkee; and their children, Francis (Lisa Bruns), Peter J., Mary "Sissy," James (Alma), Julie, Sean, and Kathleen. He was a loving grandfather to Michael (Jen) Becker; Francis, Emily, Meagan, Stephen, Nicholas, Joshua, Lauren, and Jacob Durkee; Caitlyn (Brandon) Currier; Brianna (Owais) Raza; Matthew Thompson; and Cayden Rost. Peter was also a cherished great-grandfather to London and Zaviyer Raza. He is also survived by his siblings, Thomas (Susan) Durkee; sisters-in-law, Joan Durkee and Helen Rezey (Christopher Dobert); and brothers-in-law, John Corbett and Edward Reedy. Peter had many nieces and nephews who adored him.
Peter is predeceased by his parents, Francis G. and Margaret D. (Boyle) Durkee; his brothers, Francis D. and John B. Durkee; sisters-in-law, Roz Durkee, Kathryn Reedy and Doris Corbett; brothers-in-law, Joseph Corbett and Toffey Reezy; and sons, John Gerard and Daniel Patrick.
Peter attended St. Joseph's School for his primary education, and later graduated from Troy High School. He was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Church, where he found solace and strength.
In his free time, Peter enjoyed camping and spending time in nature.
Visitation will be held on February 4, 2024, from 2-8 p.m., at the William Leahy Funeral Home, located at 336 Third Street, Troy, N.Y. A funeral service will take place on February 5, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Church, located at 416 Third Street, Troy, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the St. Joseph Food Pantry, located at 416 Third Street, Troy, N.Y.
 

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Visitation
Sunday
February 4, 2024

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
William Leahy Funeral Home
336 3rd St
Troy, NY 12180

Funeral Mass
Monday
February 5, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Joseph s Church Troy

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