Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


Robert "Bob" John Durkin

August 14, 1925October 12, 2019

Robert “Bob” John Durkin of Webster, formerly of Norwood and Walpole passed away peacefully at his residence at Christopher Heights at the age of 94.

Born in Walpole, MA on August 14, 1925 he was the son of the late Thomas Joseph and Margaret (Curtis) Durkin. Bob grew up in Walpole and attended Walpole Public Schools. When World War II broke out, Bob left high school to join the US Navy in 1943. He became a Seaman First Class and served with the Seabees on the 129th Naval Construction Battalion and the 5th Naval Construction Battalion. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Bob continued his studies at Walpole High School and graduated with the class of 1947.

Bob married the former Lucie M. Bourgeois on June 24, 1951. The newly married couple moved to Chapel Street in Norwood were they raised their family. Bob worked as a service technician for Norwood Gas which eventually became Boston Gas, a position he held for over 40 years. Bob was a life member of the Norwood Elks for over 30 years. In his spare time you could find him tinkering on projects around the house especially cars. Bob had a deep love for reading which started as a child growing up during the depression, where he would have to sometimes read by flashlight when the house lost power.

Beloved husband of the late Lucie M. (Bourgeois) Durkin. Loving father of Thomas P. Durkin & his wife Pamela and the late Robert Paul Durkin. Cherished grandfather of Thomas Durkin & his wife Coni, Allison McGuirk & her husband Matthew and great-grandfather of four. Devoted brother of the late Thomas J. Durkin, Margaret Gamble, and Mary Durkin.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, October, 17th from 9-10:30AM in the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street, Norwood, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 549 Washington St, Norwood at 11:00AM.

Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery in Norwood.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his name can be made to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, October 17, 2019


Robert "Bob" John Durkin

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Robert Walker

October 15, 2019

Gotta love Bob! His sense of humor always cheered you up. His smile and words of wisdom will be missed but the memories will be cherished forever.
Robert and Michele.