Anthony John Durand
February 8, 1937 – August 8, 2018
“Do Great Things!” …were the words Dad would always say to his kids as we were leaving the house to face the day.
Anthony John Durand, 81, passed away on August 8, 2018. He was the Husband of Joan Arlene Durand where they shared nearly 53 years of marriage together.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was the first son to John and Mary Durand of whom would have four more sons. Brothers and life-long best friends in Gene, Paul, Vic, and Tom.
After high school he began working at Floyd Rice where he’d meet and marry the love of his life. He later went to work at Ford Motor Company as a Merchandiser for the next 35 plus years.
He was a long time member of both St. Patrick’s and Holy Spirit church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, sacrificing for his children, and being with family and friends. He will be remembered most for heating his house solely by fireplace in the winter; for working tirelessly to help put his kids through college; keeping old cars running; and yet still finding time for annual family vacations, fishing and hunting trips. His Grandkids will mostly remember his playful demeanor, his big smiling greetings loaded with ‘nick names’ for each; “walking around money”; and farewells that included animal masks and Jujyfruit candy He is survived by his brothers: Paul, Vic (Carolyn) and Tom, as well as his children, Mary [Chris], Joe [Nancy], Mike [Laura] and Sue [Dan]; and his Grandchildren: Thomas, Christopher, Hillary, Michael, Charlie, Kevin, Autumn, Andy, Niki, Holly, Melana.
Rest in peace, Dad…we’re all doing Great Things!
A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am (In State 10:00 am) on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 Harvey Lake Road, Highland. Memorial contributions can be made to Team Kendal Kidz, P.O. Box 660, Hartland, Michigan 48353 or TeamKendalKidz.org.
- In State Thursday, August 16, 2018
- Funeral Mass Thursday, August 16, 2018
Anthony John Durand
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Doreen Durand DeStefano
August 11, 2018
When I was REALLY young, going out to Uncle Tony and Aunt Joan's was the highlight of any season. Christmas time, summer, spring, fall. I remember being all bundled up, ready to leave, and standing there while my parents said goodbye FOREVER! Uncle Tony was larger than life. Happy. Funny. I hardly remember him without aunt Joan. Her kitchen always smelled good and there were always cookies in the cookie jar. ALWAYS. Then at Sue's wedding, he was just a hoot. I still have the family photo from her wedding on the desk in my foyer. Herding Durands is like herding cats. "Any one whose last name is Durand, or ever was Durand needs to get in this picture!" Haha! I'm so glad he did it! I remember the first time Uncle Tony gave my son "walking around money". Aeden didn't know what to do with it. He sure did the next time! lol. I thought this was so much fun that I have carried on the tradition. Love you Uncle Tony. Keep them laughing there in heaven.
August 11, 2018
One of my favorite hunting trips with Tony was a trip with Tony, Joe and my Dad, Howard Zimmerman on just a normal trip in November. We picked up Joe from Central and played euchre until like three in the morning. Dad, Joe and myself went out hunting early in the morning and as we were heading back to camp , out came Tony , we could smell his Old Spice before we saw him. We said good morning as we passed him and before we got to the truck we heard the sound of his Weatherby as Tony bagged his deer. He had that luck about him. Great man and will be sadly missed.