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Charles Lattarulo

Mar 19, 1929 - Nov 29, 2023

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Delray Beach, FL

Charles Lattarulo of Delray Beach, Florida passed away on Nov 29, 2023. His loved ones are composing his obituary, which you will be able to read here. To to the family, please

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Susan Andrea Taylor

Nov 26, 1946 - Feb 01, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

Susan Andrea Taylor, of Delray Beach, passed away on February 1st. “Suzy, a woman with a huge heart, who loved life and never knew a stranger.” She had a great zest for life, was full of joy, loved a life full of adventure and loved people. She was known and loved by more people than we could ever know and attracted many friends throughout her life. She was born in West Palm Beach, FL in 1946. In her formative years she experienced a life of military travel with her step father, a Master Sargent in the Air Force. She loved to travel and once owned her own business, Suzy’s Home Concepts. She belonged to Women in Construction. She worked for a prestige builder, Vintage Properties and other major builders in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. She went on to get her real estate license and worked for Berkshire Hathaway Realtors before she retired in 2007. Survived by her husband Robert Taylor, her daughter Katie and Katie’s husband Gregory Hill and their 4 children. Also, Step daughter Teresa Gottes and husband David Gottes, step son James Greathouse and 5 Ferguson step daughters. Brothers Mark and Jack Orewyler, brothers Alan and Tom, deceased. The family will receive visitors at Marietta Funeral Home at 915 Piedmont Rd., Marietta, GA 30066 on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 2:00-4:00PM.

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Pearl Moskowitz

Oct 15, 1931 - Feb 28, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

"Moskowitz, Pearl age 92 of Delray Beach Florida, passed away on February 28th, 2024. Loving mother of Marcie Balsamo and Larry Moskowitz; Cherished grandmother of Andrew Moskowitz. Graveside services will be held 10:45am on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024, at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens, 11520 State Road 7, Boynton Beach Florida, 33473. Those wishing to honor Pearl with a memorial contribution are kindly encouraged to consider ORT America or The Stephen Gottlieb Memorial Fund for Cancer Research Inc."

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Celia Zifrony

Jan 17, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

"Celia Zifrony, 86, passed away on February 27, 2024, in Delray Beach, Florida. Celia was predeceased by her husband Eli Zifrony and is survived by her children, Matthew (Heather) Zifrony, Ben (Randi) Zifrony and Suzanne Savion; grandchildren, Kyle (Debra) Zifrony, Adam Savion, Jeffrey (Marissa) Zifrony, Ella Savion, Ali Zifrony, Hannah Zifrony and Lindsay Zifrony; sister, Ida Schmidt- Chait. Memorial Contributions may be made in Celia\u0027s honor to Israel Aid Alliance, https://linktr.ee/israel.aid.alliance. A Chapel Service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 12:15pm at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Boynton Beach with a burial to follow at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens. Service will be webcasted: https://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/98456/hash:1C2D91F9AF5FF35E"

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Estelle Lipton

Jul 04, 1930 - Feb 27, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

"Lipton, Estelle age 93 of Delray Beach Florida passed away on February 27th, 2024. Loving mother of Bonnie Segal and Ronda Lomberg; Cherished grandmother of Allison( Bruce ), Michael, Amanda( Corey ) and Jason( Melissa ); Adored great-grandmother of Jane, Avery, Cameron, Makenzie, Anna and Hayden; Dear sister of May Brill and Leonard Bezar( Sandra ). Services will be held 11:00am on Friday, March 1st, 2024, at Beth Israel; Memorial Chapel, 5808 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Florida 33484, followed by interment services at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens, 11520 State Road 7, Boynton Beach Florida 33473. Those wishing to honor Estelle with a memorial contribution are kindly encouraged to consider Vitas Heatlh Care or The American Cancer Society."

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Karen Elaine (Orr) Mock

Dec 09, 1943 - Feb 18, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

Karen Elaine (Orr) Mock's light dimmed on February 18th, 2024, in Delray Beach, Florida. She passed with the company of her daughter, Heather Teresi, at her bedside. Karen's life began on December 9th, 1943, in Los Angeles, California. She lived in several places in California until 1986, when she moved to Onawa, lowa. In 1999, she moved to Palm Beach County, FL, to be closer to her daughter. In her lifetime, she studied cosmetology, managed retail clothing stores, was a change girl at the WinnaVegas Casino, and worked for the Palm Beach County Road and Bridge Department for 16 years, from which she retired. Karen was remembered for being very creative, with a love for writing children's books and creating custom-made clothing. She enjoyed seeing movies, shopping, and socializing in the small town setting that lowa had to offer her. She was survived by daughter Heather (Jim) Teresi and grandchildren Hannah and Sophia Teresi of Lake Worth, FL; Estranged daughter Dana (Jim) Anderson of San Clemente, CA., alongside estranged grandchildren Ashley (Dominic) Giacomaras and their son of Menifee, CA., and Sarah Anderson of San Clemente, CA; cousins Vicky Orr of Minnesota alongside her daughters Kari Gram and Keli Siegel and their immediate families; and Jolene Orr of Onawa, lowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Della Orr.

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Bernice Renee Tannenbaum

Jun 17, 1932 - Feb 26, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

Bernice Renee Tannenbaum, age 91, of Delray Beach, Florida passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024. A funeral service for Bernice will be held Friday, March 1, 2024 at 2:45 PM at Star of David Funeral Chapel, 7701 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale, FL 33068. Following the funeral service will be a committal service at 3:15 PM at Judea H Mausoleum - Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7801 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale, FL 33068.

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William Neil Shaw

Dec 19, 1937 - Feb 25, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

William Neil “Bill” Shaw, 86 of Delray Beach passed away on February 25, 2024. He is survived by his wife of 35 years Darlene M. Shaw, 4 sons: Neil, Don, Bob & Greg, 3 step children Tim, Tom & Jayme, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 10AM to 11AM with an 11:15am funeral service conducted by Pastor Mike McClure at the Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, 745 NE 6th Avenue, Delray Beach followed by interment at the Delray Beach Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to West Park Baptist church, 4004 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach, FL 33445.

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Fr. John Skehan

Jul 05, 1927 - Feb 11, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

Fr. John Skehan, Delray Beach, Florida, formerly Rathlogan, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny, peacefully on Sunday, February 11th, 2024, in his 97th year. Predeceased by his parents John and Mary-Anne, brothers Harry, Martin and Paul, sister Mary and nephew Donal. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews Rita, Mary, Chris, Eileen, Sèan, Kathleen, Maureen, Noeleen and Seán, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family, his parishioners at St. Vincent's Ferrer's Church Florida and a wide circle of friends. Reposing at Doyle's Funeral Home, Urlingford (Eircode E41 XO38) on Wednesday evening from 5pm until 7pm followed by removal to St. Kieran's Church, Johnstown, arriving at 7:30pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12 noon, followed by interment in St. Kieran's Cemetery, Johnstown. Fr. Skehan's Requiem Mass can be viewed by clicking the following link:

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Paul Miller

Feb 02, 1954 - Feb 24, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

Mr. Paul Miller, age 70 of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Fayette, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Delray Beach, FL. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2-P.M. from Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in New Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1-2 P.M. at the funeral home. To to the family or in memory of Paul Miller, please

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Kenneth Durante

Feb 08, 1935 - Feb 01, 2024

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Delray Beach, FL

Kenneth Durante was born into this world on February 8, 1935. He was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina as the 5th child of eight children of Clifford “Nick” Durant and his wife Annie Hunter Smith Durant. Kenneth Durante attended State Street Elementary School and then Dillard High School in Goldsboro and graduated from high school in 1954. Kenneth Durante has always been eager to work and was always determined to give top quality effort to whatever he did. Beginning at his age as early as of middle school and throughout high school, he was a business entrepreneur of a business venture with his younger brother wherein they would set up a shoeshine stand on Saturdays at the streetside of the front yard of their home in Goldsboro, North Carolina and people would come there to get their shoes shined. With the word having been spread around about the young Durant boys who had a shoeshine stand and did a great shoeshine, they had customers every week. Those were the days when shoe shining was a popular thing that people had done, and shoeshine stands were sought out. During his high school years, during the summer months Kenneth’s high school would select some boys to go to Connecticut for summer work of picking tobacco in the tobacco fields. Kenneth, being eager to work anyway, considered spending a summer in Connecticut an interesting adventure and he was happy to be chosen each of the two times that he signed up to go. He has mentioned the fact that one summer Wilt Chamberlain was one of the boys that he met and worked with in the tobacco fields. That is the Wilt Chamberlain who became one of the greatest of all times basketball players. While Kenneth Durante was in high school, he played on the school’s football team and was given the nickname ‘Rock’ because he was such a tough player on the team. As a part of high school education in those days in all Black school, a class titled ‘Shop & Woodworks’ was taught. This class was hands-on training in how to do carpentry, bricklaying, etc. This class was a required class for the high-school boys. (There was always the Home Economics, sewing & typing classes that the girls were required to select at least one of those classes.) In that Shop & Woodworks class, Kenneth got some basic knowledge and that was why throughout the rest of his life he was good at handyman type of repairs. He always did a lot of the repairs at home until the last few years of his life when his medical health and physical mobility began to decline and because he loved to do handyman work around his house and loved to do things to take care of his family & his home, he often lamented over the fact that he could no longer do any repairs at home, could no longer shampoo the carpet, could no longer do the lawn maintenance at his home, and could no longer wash the home windows and wash the family’s vehicles, etc. As to his hometown Goldsboro and also his being an alumnus of Dillard High School, Kenneth held fond memories and very often talked about his days of growing up in Goldsboro and about his classmates and friends from his days at Dillard High School. That was the high school for Blacks in that area and it was highly popular and dearly beloved by the community and a brand new facility for Dillard High School was built in 1957. When Kenneth graduated in 1954, the school was in the old building facilities. Then in 1969, the desegregation of schools happened, Dillard High School was phased out and the Dillard building that had been built in 1957 was renamed Dillard Middle School and the Black high school students in Goldsboro were assigned to merged with the white students at the existing white high school named Goldsboro High School. Because there was so much pride by the Black students in the Dillard High School, alumni of the school had already organized an alumni association in 1955 which was before racial integration of schools or any thoughts that Dillard would be phased out as a high school and that association is named Dillard High School Alumni Association. This organization of the former Dillard High School students still exists and is still active today even though there has been no Dillard High School since 1969. Kenneth Durante had remained a steadfast and loyal member of the Class of 1954 of the Dillard High School Alumni Association and he once served a term as President of the association. A few years after Kenneth Durante graduated from high school, he had a brief first marriage for about a year but both realizing that they were young for marriage, he and his first wife amicably divorced. During that brief marriage, they became the parents of one child whom they named Wynonia who was raised by her maternal grandmother in a very nurturing home environment. Kenneth’s daughter Wynonia, who is the child of his first marriage, is married and she and her husband have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. As to career after graduation from high school, Kenneth Durante chose to become a waiter as his profession. Upon graduation from high school, Kenneth attended professional training at the Goldsboro Hotel to learn the art of service in fine dining restaurants and was thereafter given his first job there as a waiter. Shortly after this beginning in the waiter profession, Kenneth became a part of a group of highly sought after members of the Traveling Black Waiters Circuit and was in that group until 1971 which was for more than 15 years. This time period was during the days of very evident practices & rules of racial segregation. As a part of the Traveling Black Waiters Circuit, Kenneth would work during the winter season in restaurants in upscale resorts in the Catskills area of New York and Long Island, New York and in resorts in Connecticut. For the summer seasons, Kenneth would work in then high-class restaurants in Delray Beach (one in Delray was The Patio which does not exist anymore) or Boca Raton (one in Boca Raton was the Bayou which does not exist anymore). During the years of the Traveling Black Waiters Circuit and the restaurants where they worked, this was the era when the waiters wore a tuxedo style jacket and bowtie during work time. Whenever Kenneth would travel back-and-forth from Florida at the end of the summer season and to the north for the winter season, he would routinely stop and spend a few days with his parents in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He would always make sure that he was in Goldsboro every year on the weekend of Memorial Day because that is the weekend that the Dillard High School Alumni Association, since its origin in 1955 and still continuing to have the highly popular alumni class reunions celebrations events during that entire weekend and the whole community looks forward to these events. Many Black people who are former residents of Goldsboro come back to town for that Memorial Day weekend. These out of towners include former students of the former Dillard High School and since there is no more Dillard High School, some of the Black high school graduates of the Goldsboro High School come back to Goldsboro for the Memorial Day weekend. During the Summer season in 1965, Kenneth Durante was working at a restaurant in an upscale resort area in Long Island, New York. It was that same summer that Charlotte Gilmore who was a college student at Tuskegee Institute (now University) of Tuskegee, Alabama who was on a college summer work assigned job in an upscale resort area in Long Island, New York nearby to the same area where Kenneth was. In another nearby area there were a few businesses that catered to the Black population (some were seasonal summer and some year-round permanent) in that Long Island area. This was a time when there was definite racial segregation. The businesses that catered to the Black population in that Long Island area were those such as the barbershop and hair salon for Blacks, small neighborhood type grocery store and restaurant that offered the Black culture type foods, a small bar/nightclub/dancehall just for Blacks. At the beginning of that summer in 1965, Kenneth and Charlotte met each other one evening at the bar/nightclub/dancehall where the Blacks would go during the weekends to socialize. Charlotte says that she especially noticed that Kenneth was the only one that she saw at that place who was not drinking alcoholic beverage and one of a few who was not smoking cigarettes during the evening and since Charlotte had grown up as a non-alcoholic, non-smoking person, she liked that about him. As the summer continued, their friendship grew and on their once-day-a-week off-duty day, they got together on those evenings to socialize at that bar/nightclub/dancehall. During that summer, Kenneth and Charlotte also learned from each other that they each had been involved in the current ongoing 1960s Civil Rights Movement that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among which activities that Kenneth had participated in was his attendance at the historic 1963 March on Washington. Charlotte had been heavily involved with college student activities of the Civil Rights Movement in her home State of Alabama which included wherein she was among the Tuskegee college students at the rally at Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965 as a part of the historic Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. When that summer of 1965 ended, Charlotte went back to college for her senior year at Tuskegee and when the winter season came, Kenneth went to Delray Beach, Florida to work in the restaurant there. They knew that from that summer in Long Island, New York that they would keep in touch, which they did. At the end of her senior year at Tuskegee which was in 1966, Charlotte went on to graduate school at Penn State University in State College, PA majoring in Public Health Nutrition which was a program design that included one year at Penn State followed by a semester at the School of Public of the University of North Carolina and then a semester of field study assignment from which to write the graduate thesis for the Master of Science Degree. Kenneth & Charlotte had steadily kept in touch with each other. Kenneth and Charlotte had steadily kept in touch with each other and had been dating since 1965, they got married in year 1967 while Charlotte was in graduate school. After Charlotte finished her semester at the University of North Carolina and it was time for her to do the graduate college semester of field study assignment in 1968, she asked her college of Penn State University to arrange for that field study assignment to be in Florida because it was then the winter season when her since 1967 husband Kenneth was in Delray Beach for his winter season restaurant work. Penn State University arranged for Charlotte’s field study assignment to be with the Department of Public Health in Florida wherein she was assigned to spend 5 consecutive work-weeks with the Public Health Department in a different county in Florida each of the weeks of that semester. Kenneth was already in Delray Beach for the winter season work when Charlotte finished her semester at the University of North Carolina and he had selected a home in the Jefferson Manor neighborhood in Delray Beach for them ahead of the time of Charlotte’s arrival in January 1968. They decided to make Delray Beach their home because Kenneth already knew the area very well from having lived each winter season since the late 1950s in Delray Beach. They lived in that home in Jefferson Manor until April 1990. These were the times of racial segregation and, of course, Jefferson Manor was a 100% Black neighborhood. Upon making Delray Beach their place of residence, both Kenneth & Charlotte having come from a background of being involved in wholesome, positive, productive activities that would be beneficial in helping to make the community and also the city in general a good place to live and raise a family, they immediately became active volunteers and chose some of the projects/events offered by the community/city/county and charitable organizations. In addition to their dedicating quality time to their family and to their employment/business work, they also made time to weave in volunteer efforts too. Kenneth and Charlotte Gilmore Durante were blessed with the birth of two children. Their first born is their son Kenneth Anthony “Tony” Durante who has always been called by his nickname of “Tony” is now the pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Plantation, Florida. Their second born is their daughter Lori Janel Durante who is known for volunteer work with Museum history exhibits and also narrated history tours by bus. In 1972, the Kenneth Durante family of 4 joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Delray Beach. The church was established in 1904 and was the only Lutheran church in the area. The Durante family was the 2nd Black family to join Trinity Lutheran. Kenneth and Charlotte immediately became active volunteers in activities of Trinity Lutheran church and school. For over 40 years, until his physical mobility & medical health began to wane, Kenneth was one of the ushers on a regular scheduled basis for the early worship service at Trinity Lutheran and when it was not his scheduled Sunday to be an usher, Kenneth was a greeter in the Narthex entrance of the church where he cheerfully greeted worshippers as they entered the church. In his characteristic friendly style of greeting the worshippers and their family members, he most often got to know the church attendees by name. In addition to being one of the ushers for the early service on a regular scheduled basis, Kenneth was always an usher for the Church special worship services that included Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas. Kenneth was always willing and sometimes sought out to volunteer for helping with Trinity’s school activities including several times being one of the adult chaperones for teacher Steve Borg’s 8th grade class annual trips to Washington, D.C. Kenneth Durante also volunteered with a group of men members of Trinity Lutheran who named their group God’s Gardeners and who monthly on a Saturday morning did volunteer work of campus cleaning/lawn maintenance, etc. at the church. After which the men’s group had enjoyed the fellowship of doing chores together, they decided to continue to come together but instead as a work group but as Saturday morning men’s Bible study group and Kenneth continue to be a part of that men’s group as the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study which by popular interest is now held weekly instead of once a month. For church worship services, Kenneth was known for wearing sharp-looking suits and necktie and sometimes with a matching vest and always with that color matching kerchief in the upper pocket of his jacket. Also, that was his style of dressing whenever he attended events wherein an upscale dinner wear would be appropriate. By the end of his 1969 summer season restaurant work in a northern State, Kenneth Durante decided that he would no longer be a part of the traveling waiters circuit but would stay in Delray Beach year round to be with his family, therefore, he would consider some other line of work plus probably do winter season work as a waiter in the usual Delray Beach or Boca Raton restaurants. It was then that Kenneth had the thought of owning and operating his own business and because Kenneth loved to work, he and his wife became owner/operator of more than one business at the same time. For that first business ownership that Kenneth decided with his wife Charlotte because by then they had one child and realized a need for another childcare center in the area. Therefore, they decided to open an infant childcare and preschool. They went thru the process of acquiring an appropriate land site, doing the zoning process, having the facility designed & constructed and it was ready for the grand opening in 1971 and they named it Kenland College for Tots. It was Palm Beach County’s first fully integrated (in teachers and a number of white students) Black-owned preschool. It was known for the high quality of its program and received a business management certificate of recognition from the national office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a result of nomination by the Palm Beach County branch of the SBA. The name was later revised to the name of Kenland Academy. Kenneth and Charlotte sold that business in 1990. That preschool facility is still in operation but under a different name and owner. Soon after opening the childcare and preschool, the next business venture, while they still owned the preschool, was that of Kenneth and Charlotte opening the Tony’s & Lori’s children’s clothing store at the former Delray Beach Mall which was the first Black-owned business in any mall in Palm Beach County. They closed that business after a few years. Then in 1974, Kenneth Durante started an additional business in Delray Beach which is named Kenland Janitorial & Lawn Services. Among Kenneth’s proudest business accomplishments in the early years of this venture was when his Kenland Janitorial business was recruited to do some of the post-construction cleaning for the Delray Beach Community Hospital (now Delray Medical Center) when it was first built and opened in 1982. Known for his friendly smile and affable personality, many of Kenneth’s clients thru the years of his janitorial business became his personal friends. The Kenland janitorial business has entered the second generation and still has some of the same clients and is now operated by his daughter Lori. Fitness was important to Kenneth who ran 3 times in the 1990s in the annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia. This accomplishment was one of the featured presentations in the 2023 Sports in Paradise exhibit at the Delray Beach Historical Society. In 1978 and for several years thereafter, one of Kenneth’s many activities as a volunteer in community projects was that he was among the volunteers who did some of the many tasks in organizing and presenting the first plus several more of the annual Roots Cultural Festivals in Delray Beach as a one-day event during the summertime. The Roots Festival became a signature annual event for celebrating, presenting & displaying local Black African Americans talents and providing food vendors of a variety of delicious foods identified with the Black ethnic culture & other foods, plus vendors of arts & crafts by & about Blacks & the Black culture. In 1996 a highlight of Kenneth’s volunteer work was when he was selected by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) to be one of the volunteers for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta, Georgia. Kenneth was assigned as a volunteer at the Athletes’ Village which was the housing village for the Olympic athletes. At that village, he got a chance to meet some of the athletes. It was also a joy for Kenneth that his wife Charlotte and his daughter Lori also applied to be volunteers and were also selected and were assigned at other operations of the Olympic (Charlotte assigned to the Phone Call Center and Lori assigned to the Stadium). In 1999, Kenneth also began doing volunteer work in for a local museum at the times of exhibit display changes at the museum wherein would help with the dismantling of the existing exhibit, the special cleanup needed before installing the next exhibit and help with the installation of props and exhibit display items for that new exhibit. One of Kenneth’s favorite past-times was playing dominoes, especially with the Lester brothers and in his later years, at the adult day center where he went during the weekdays. Because Kenneth was always determined to do his best at top quality performance in whatever he did, even in dominoes, Kenneth bragged that he was the best and unbeatable in playing dominoes but said that he would purposely let the other players win sometimes to give them encouragement!!! In his later years and his health began to decline due to his elderly age so much so that he could not do the daily work of his janitorial business, therefore, for the health of his mind, his medical doctor strongly recommended that Kenneth should begin attending a senior citizens day program to get involved with activities to keep his mind alert. Soon after that medical recommendation, Kenneth did enroll in such a program. This was about 5 years ago, when Kenneth enrolled in such a program and he absolutely loved it. He always referred to it as his ‘school’. In Kenneth’s typical friendly demeanor with everyone and always willing to help, he was one who would greet all of the participants and whenever there was a new person who enrolled, Kenneth would be sure that he would try to make that new person feel welcomed. Kenneth referred to the participants as ‘students’. Kenneth also looked forward to ways the ‘school’ staff would let him help in some of the activities such as selecting the songs the ‘students’ would sing and encouraging the ‘students’ to sing. The songs that Kenneth liked were songs from the old musical movies such as the Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, etc. and songs by Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, etc. He has a collection of album tapes of the songs from all of the old musical movies and from some of his other favorite singers. Kenneth fell in love with these such song because in the upscale resort country club areas where he worked in the restaurants some of these singers performed at those resorts and as a worker, while on duty, he got a chance to see and hear a bit of the performances. Also, whenever he was in New York, he would go to New York City on some of his off days and go to Broadway plays and to the Broadway shows of some of these genres of singers. One of his favorite songs was “I Did It My Way” by Frank Sinatra. In his satchel style ‘school’ bag that Kenneth carried to ‘school’ every day from the time that he enrolled about 5 years ago, he had kept a sheet of paper with the lyrics to that song printed on it. Kenneth was always eagerly waiting inside his front door each weekday, waiting for the PalmTran bus driver to ring the doorbell for him to board the bus and go to his ‘school’. Charlotte would always wait inside the front door with him and would then stand in the doorway and watch him walk using his walker to the bus and up the handicapped loading ramp of the bus and into his seat. In the last few months of his life, he was wheelchair bound and the bus driver had to wheel him to & up the handicapped loading ramp & into the wheelchair special space on the bus. Sometimes as he was going to the bus, Charlotte would say to him “Be a good boy today” and Kenneth would chuckle. Always, once Kenneth got into his seating space on the bus, he would look out the window at Charlotte who would always still be waiting in the open doorway and they would wave at each other. Kenneth Durante passed away on February 1, 2024 at age 88. Immediate family members who preceded Kenneth Durante in death are his parents Clifford “Nick” and Annie Durant, brother Leroy Durante (Minnie), sisters Elizabeth Swinson, Winnie Brewington and Gloria Mae Whitehead. Kenneth is survived by his wife Charlotte, son Tony (Junko), daughter Lori all of whom are in Delray Beach, and survived by his daughter Wynonia Durante Leak (Claude) from his first marriage. His surviving siblings are Clifford ‘Clip’ Durante (Montrose), Jimmy Durante (Montrose), Delores Bradley (Walter) and his niece Sandra “San” Durant Herbert (John) and nephew Linwood Douglas “Doug” Durante (Brenda) (San & Doug were raised by Kenneth’s mother). Kenneth’s grandchildren are Aya Charlotte Durante, Mika Andrea Durante, Tae Marie Durante, Scott Leak, Corey Leak and Claudia Leak Romano (Jesus). His great grandchildren are Ava Romano, Aurora Romano and August Baker Leak. In Delray Beach, Kenneth is survived by his sister-in-law who to him was more like a sister Ola Vickers and her children Katie Gilmore and Myra Vickers and Ola’s grandchildren Lamech, Coriah and Wihl (pronounced Will). Kenneth is also survived by a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and many remarkable friends, plus the excellent Health Care Aids who for the past 4 years provided home health care for Kenneth up to 4 hours daily divided between morning & evening 7-days-a-week. Memorial service for Kenneth Durante is Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Delray Beach immediately followed by a Repast of food and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall.

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