Born in Fall River, a son of the late William and Rose (Marr) Durfee, he was a graduate of Samuel Watson School and B.M.C. Durfee High School.
A World War II veteran from 1940-1945, he served with the 241st Coast Artillery in Boston Harbor searchlight Battery N and Battery A Coast Artillery in defense of the Panama Canal. After the war he served in the Massachusetts National Guard and retired Sgt. First Class after 34 years of service.
Mr. Durfee had worked at the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point as an aircraft mechanic. He later worked for the Tiverton Post Office as a letter carrier for 30 years until his retirement.
He was a parishioner of St. Madeleine Sophie Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Chase (husband Tim) of Tiverton and Carol Rebello (companion Dave) of New Bedford; two sons, Kenneth J. Durfee (wife Sharon) of Tiverton, Ronald W. Durfee (wife Sandy) of Hodgenville, Ken.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Keith W. Durfee and brother of the late Eleanor Maines, Dorothy Devine, Mildred Durfee, Everett Durfee, William Durfee, Estelle Walker and Russell Durfee.
A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa Church, Tiverton. Interment is private. Calling hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Amedisys Beacon Hospice, 1 Catamore Blvd., East Providence, RI 02914. Arrangements are by the Oliveira Funeral Home, Fall River. www.oliveirafuneralhomes.com