Richard L. Durgin Sr.


AUBURN – Richard L. (Dick) Durgin Sr., 73, died late Wednesday, May 10, at the Androscoggin Hospice House, with his family by his side, after a prolonged bout with lung cancer.

He was born in Turner, Jan. 30, 1933, the son of John Reginald and Elizabeth (McCarthy) Durgin. He was educated in Turner schools and served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

After the service, he began driving tractor trailer for B&E Trucking, Fox & Ginn and retired from Yellow Freight Systems.

He was a lifetime member of Auburn VFW Post 1603 as well as the Auburn American Legion Post 0153. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union Local 340 in South Portland. After retirement, he enjoyed wood working and making furniture for friends and charity.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Durgin; daughter, Terri Whalen and husband, Gary; sons, Mark and wife, Pamela and Kurt and fiance, Cheryl; three grandchildren, Joshua Whalen, Alexander Durgin and Kjersten Hackert; sisters, Doris Hersom of Gardiner, Gladys Sawyer of Turner and Helen Hewins of Greene; brothers, Robert Durgin and wife, Joan, of Auburn and John Durgin and wife, Dawnalyn, of North Turner; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by sisters, Maeville Dyer and Madeline Simard; his parents; and stepmother, Irene Durgin.