Matthew Durr

Obituary of Matthew M. Durr

Mr. Matthew M. Durr, 66, of Utica, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at his home, with his loving family by his side. Matthew was born in Utica, on July 31, 1954, the son of Edmund J. and Margaret (Vollmer) Durr. He was raised and educated in Utica and was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. On April 23, 2005, Matthew was united in marriage to Melanie Brown, a loving and devoted union of 16 years. For over forty years, Matt was employed by Niagara Mohawk/National Grid, retiring as a foreman on December 1, 2013. At one time, Matt was married to Janice (Koury) Curley, and the couple raised two beautiful daughters together. A devout Catholic, Matt was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in New Hartford. He was a coach and past president of the Greater Utica Girls Softball league, and coached Notre Dame High School softball from 1988-1996 which was very dear to his heart. In 1994, his Notre Dame softball team won Section 3 and Regional titles, and made it to the state finals. Matt was named NYS Class C Softball Coach of the Year. He was a gifted gardener, whose flowers and vegetables were the envy of the neighborhood. Matt always enjoyed a good round of golf with family and friends and was an avid NY Yankee fan. Family values and traditions were especially important to Matt and he eagerly looked forward to the annual Durr, Riley, and Ryan family reunion that spanned a period of over 65 years. His circle of friends was beyond compare and he was affectionately known by many as “The Mayor.” Matt was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, whose greatest joy came from spending time with his children and especially his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. To have known Matt was to truly love him, and the world was a better place because he was in it. Mr. Durr is survived by his beloved wife, Melanie; two loving daughters and sons-in-law, Karri and Patrick Roach of Sauquoit, and Rebecca and John Simmons of Utica; five cherished grandchildren, Grace Simmons, Matthew Simmons, Jake Decker, Elise Simmons, and Kaylie Roach; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Mary and Gregg Stephens of WI, Margaret Jarosz of NY Mills, Monica and Dwight Davis of Durhamville, Agnes and Mark Duening of AZ, and Elizabeth and Jason Trinkaus of Marcy; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mark and Gail Durr of Schuyler, and Michael and MaryEllen Durr of North Gage; his in-laws, Lesley and George Sabol of OR, Randall Brown of FL, Valerie Brown of FL, Darrell and Laura Brown of FL, Kelly Masterton of MA, Ashley Liggitt of FL, Diane Masterton of CA, and Bruce Ball of FL; his Saturday meatball gang, Domenic, Dave, Bob, and Ed; cherished friends and neighbors, Bertie and Eddie Schrader; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Edmund and Margaret, an uncle, Raymond Durr, who he was especially close with, in-laws, Harold and Dawn Brown and Dorothy Etienne; sister-in-law, Holly Ball, brother-in-law, Ian Masterson, and former father-in-law, Frank Koury Mr. Durr’s funeral will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2222 Genesee St., Utica, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. His Rite of Committal and Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro. Calling hours for family and friends are Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica. Face coverings are required and social distancing and contact tracing protocols must be observed. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Marian Club C/O Notre Dame High School or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Matt’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 7, 2021
Heintz Funeral Service Inc. - Herkimer Road
408 Herkimer Road
Utica, New York, United States

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
2222 Genesee St.
Utica, New York, United States


Mount Olivet Cemetery
70 Wood Rd.
Whitesboro, New York, United States

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Marian Club C/O Notre Dame High School or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Matt’s memory.
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