James N. Durand passed away on 2/10/21 at the age of 79. A lifelong native of Warren, he graduated from Warren High School, Holyoke Community College, and attended UMass Amherst. He was proud to have served 4 years in the Marine Corps, earning the rank of Corporal. After retiring from Hardwick Knitted Fabrics, Jim was a substitute teacher at Quaboag Regional High School for 8 years.
Known for his quick wit and sense of humor, he enjoyed hearing people laugh. Jim deeply loved his family, his Irish heritage, to dance, all music (especially doo-wop and The Rolling Stones), hockey, history, animals, and politics.
Jim was the adored husband of Cathy (Granlund) Durand, sharing their lives together for 48 years. Beloved dad to six children: Renee Chisholm (Ed), Danielle Cooper (Kris), Kristin Smith (Eric), Christopher Jones (Becky), Matthew Durand, and Justin Brown Durand (Ashley). Grandfather (Nemer) to 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren . He leaves his brother Robert Durand (Florence) and sister Maryellen Anderson (John), brothers-in-law Stephen Granlund (Barb) and Tim Grandlund (Lynn). Many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Bertram and Mary (Madigan) Durand.
The profound void in our lives from losing this incredible man is beyond words. He will be loved and missed forever and a day. Semper Fi my love.
Per Jim's wishes, there will be no services. A private celebration of his life will be held at a future date when Covid is no longer a threat.
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