Published in the June 19, 2015 edition


Durney-obit-webMELROSE — Thomas E. Durney, 58, passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on June 15 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Tom was one of 11 children and was born in Melrose on November 21, 1956. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1974, and from Suffolk University with a degree in Political Science.

Mr. Durney worked in the software industry for over 25 years as a CFO/COO and most recently had worked for the Serality Software Company. A lifelong resident of Melrose, Tom enjoyed cooking, debating and meeting with friends.

Mr. Durney traveled extensively for his job, enjoyed going to Sydney, Tokyo and Holland as well as the other 20 countries he visited. Over a 40 year span, Tom traveled around the world way too many times to even count. He also loved traveling to Deer Isle in Maine the last 20 years.

Mr. Durney was the beloved husband of Laurie C. (Allen) Durney. He was the devoted father of James Durney and his wife Victoria of Beverly and Patrick Durney of Melrose. He was the cherished son of Charles A. Durney and the late B. Frances Durney of Melrose. He was the loving brother of Pamela M. Johansen of Winchester, Paul R.Durney of FL, Charles A. Durney of FL, Peter T. Durney of S. Dennis, Patricia A.Durney of Melrose, Christopher M. Durney of NH, Maryellen Balfour of Melrose and the late Margaret F. Nichols, James M. and John P. Durney. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friends.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Thursday, June 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Church, Herbert Street, Melrose, Friday June 19, at 10 a.m.

Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s memory to the Caron Treatment Centers, P.O. Box 150, Wernersville, PA 19565 or @ or to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl, West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 or @

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