William Durkin

August 1, 1924February 21, 2013

William Patrick Durkin, 1924 – 2013

William Patrick Durkin, 88, died peacefully at his home on February 21, 2013. Bill was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He retired to Ocean City, New Jersey then continued his retirement in Fort Pierce, Florida on Hutchinson Island. On December 7, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After completing his service in the Navy, at the conclusion of the Second world War, Bill joined his father as an apprentice in the Carpenters Union, Local 122 in Philadelphia in 1946. Rising through the ranks of the trade and the union he advanced to the positions of Journeyman, Foreman and Superintendent before being elected Business Representative in 1958. Bill served the members of the carpenters union in that capacity until his retirement in 1980. During that time he was part of the union leadership team that instituted the pension plan, health and welfare benefit plan and negotiated many labor agreements between the union and contractors associations.

Bill also served as the President of the Philadelphia Maritime Port Council.

Bill was a Founding Member and President of the John Hennelly Boxing Club, Philadelphia, named for a co-founder who unexpectedly passed away prior to the club’s opening. Bill’s contribution to this endeavor was behind the scenes patronage, providing quiet support while his partners, Thomas Durkin and Mickey Grandinetti, both former boxers, provided the day to day training of the young members of the club.

Bill was an avid sport fisherman beginning when he was a small boy fishing at Pennypack Park with his brother Tom. He fished many spots with his favorites ranging from the Jersey Shore aboard the Hucklebuck on night fishing trips for tuna, swordfish and sharks to the Florida Keys and Bimini. He was happiest when he had a line in the water. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Pawlowicz) and his many brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children, Patrick (Lisa), Mary Ann, William, Barbara Overbeck (Joseph) and Daniel (Santina), his grandchildren, Patrick Durkin, Jr., David Durkin, Danielle Finn (Timothy), Timothy D. Breslin, Harlee Durkin and his great grandchildren, Liam Finn, Daniel Finn, Timothy R. Breslin and Brooke Breslin.

Donations in Bill’s honor may be made to the American Heart Association on line at A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date.


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Louise Pompilii

February 28, 2013

Dad and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Durkin Family. Please let us know when you decide to have the memorial service.

Ed Harkins Jr.

February 27, 2013

The Harkins family sends its condolences and offers prayers for the Durkin family. Bill was a good friend of my dad's, and offered the words that helped me through my dad's passing. His name is legendary in the Philadelphia labor community, but most of all, he was a good man. He'll be missed by many and I'm glad I had the chance to know him.

Theodore Czaplicki

February 24, 2013

I will always remember Uncle Bill. He was a kind, understanding man who lived life to the fullest. He was a loving father to his children and will be sorely missed by them and by his many nephews and nieces.

Jodi Niebish and Family

February 23, 2013

Sending you all my love, thoughts and prayers at this time. May he rest in the arms of the angels.

February 23, 2013

Remembering an Uncle who throughout my childhood was kind and generous to me and my family. when my father was stationed in Germany for two years, he watched over my mother and my siblings. My mother,who was his sister,loved him so very much.He was a tough guy with a heart of gold.Rest in peace Uncle.

American Heart Association

February 23, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.