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Paul E. Durkee of Dennis, Mass., born on March 6, 1931, in Danvers, Mass., son of the late Roy C. Durkee and Janet (Dyer) Durkee, passed away after a brief illness at Cape Cod Hospital on Saturday, February 4, 2017, surrounded by his family.
Paul attended Danvers schools, graduating from Holten High School, Class of 1949. He graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Massachusetts in 1953. Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Army and served as lieutenant armored platoon leader in Germany until 1955. Upon his discharge from the Army he worked for the Eastern States Farmers Exchange for four years. He then worked for Pfizer and Co. as a quality control technician for 32 years.
Starting in seventh grade, he began working part-time on a vegetable farm where he developed a lifelong love of gardening. In his high school years, Paul became interested in fishing, hunting, the outdoors and target shooting. He was a member of his varsity rifle team for three years, and as an adult he continued to be an avid sportsman.
He married Donna L. (Leach) Durkee on September 6, 1958, in Topsfield, Mass. They lived in Franklin, Conn., for 35 years, where they raised their three children. During this time Paul was a volunteer fire fighter, EMT and a member of the Pachaug Outdoor Club.
In 1992, Paul and Donna retired to Cape Cod where he was a member and volunteered as a field guide at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for 15 years. He was a member of the Bass River Rod and Gun Club and a proud member of the Wednesday Morning Workers. He was also a member of the Cape Cod Fish and Game Club.
Paul is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna; a son, Jeffrey Durkee and his wife, Chrissy of Colchester, Conn.; a daughter, Jean Pritchard and her husband, Christopher of Poultney, Vt.; a daughter, Jennifer Douglas and her husband, James of Yarmouth, Mass.; grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, Justin; great-granddaughter, Julie; a sister, Virginia Trask of Spruce Head, Maine; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Janet McMorran; and his grandson, Jeffrey Paul Durkee, Jr.
The family is grateful to the Cape Cod Hospital doctors and nursing staff for their kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631.
Notes of comfort may be sent to the Durkee family at www.MorrisOConnorBlute.com.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude with a service at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Dr., South Yarmouth.
Published on  February 7, 2017
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