James J. “Jimmy” Durante

James J. “Jimmy” Durante, age 76, of Bear, DE, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 peacefully at home after his courageous battle with cancer.  Born in Wilmington, DE, Jimmy grew up in Wilmington where he met the love of his life, Mary Ann.  Jimmy graduated from Brown Vocational High School.  After graduation, he went to trade school, and, in 1963, married the love of his life, Mary Ann.  In 1965, Jimmy was drafted into the U.S. Army, stationed in San Antonio, Texas.  He then did what he loved for the rest of his life and that was to be a plumber for Local #26, then onto Local #74, where he retired after 45+ years.  He was a very big family guy who loved his family dearly.  He was willing to help anyone in need.  He was a very well-known man by so many people.  Jimmy was known in Delaware to be the “little Italian plumber with the Chevette full of tools”.

Jimmy was predeceased by his father, John Durante, his mother, Amelia Durante and his brother-in-law, Denis Olivere.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann Durante; his two sisters, Diane and Patricia (Joe); his four sisters-in-law, Denise (Tom), Janet (Mike), Kathleen (Phil) and Carol (Bernard); and his brother-in-law, Charles (Velta).  Also surviving are his three sons, Dominic, Sr. (Monica), Jimmy Jr. (Diane) and John (Crystal); his grandchildren, Dominic Jr., Nicholas, Alexis, Austin, Autumn, Shelby (Jason), Amanda (Jon), John, Cody and Savannah; six great grandchildren, Isabella, Evelyn, Amelia, Cameron, Christian and Anthony.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and an abundance of friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 26th at 11:30 AM at St. Paul’s Church in Delaware City, 209 Washington Street, Delaware City, DE 19706 where friends and family are invited to visitation after 10 AM.  Burial will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.  Condolences can be made by visiting


Submitted by Patricia Kent (... on
Love you Jimmy. You will always live in my heart and soul. We may have lost you but heaven has gained an angel. Say hi to all who left us for a much better peaceful place. Luv Patricia

Submitted by Ryan Strickler on
Life isn't fair in many ways Uncle Jim you lived such a great love and tho your time was up you'll always be here with all of us till we meet again love -Ryan

Submitted by Linda on
My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

Submitted by Sandy Fry & Dan... on
We remember Jim from back in the day, and he was always so caring and giving, such a kind soul....we are so sorry for your loss, prayers for the family during this painful time, God is with you

Submitted by Michael Connelly on
Rest In Peace Jimmy! I had the pleasure of working with this great man a few times. Top notch & all around great man! My condolences to the family & sorry for your loss!

Submitted by Merlynn & Cindy... on
The entire development will miss him! Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Submitted by The Madric Wilk... on
John, Coddy and entire Family...we share your lost. I will miss seeing Mr. Durant around the neighborhood. He always had a kind expression and warm smile. Prayers are with the family. Ms. Janet, Asia, Alexis and Eseosa.

Submitted by Patricia Breitenbach on
What a NICE man! We are so so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

Submitted by Bill and Louise... on
Mary Ann, Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. We are friends of your cousin Charlotte and although we have only met several times, we wanted you to know we are thinking about you and pray the Lord gives you comfort and support in the days ahead. God bless you!

Submitted by Janet on
Sad news, so sorry for your loss.

Submitted by Dianne Paris on
Deeply sharing in your sadness and tears for the loss of our beloved Jimmy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire extended family. Jimmy will live in our hearts forever.

Submitted by Ben on
Jehovah will free all humans from death, and death will be gone forever! (Read Isaiah 25:8.) What a wonderful promise from our Creator, Jehovah God. I hope this gives you some comfort during your difficult time.

Submitted by Thomas Russo on
Sorry to hear the passing of Jim, my coworker,mentor,and friend. Rest In Peace Jim.

Submitted by Joyce Skrobot on
Jimmy was a very special man. My thoughts and prayers are with the Durante family during this difficult time. I am deeply saddened that I was out of town and unable to attend the services and pay my respects to Jimmy.