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Paul Wade Durnin Sr.

May 8, 1946 — April 24, 2024

Independence, Louisiana

Paul Wade Durnin Sr.

Paul Wade Durnin Sr., of Independence, Louisiana, passed away at Richard Murphy Hospice House on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at the age of 77. He was born on May 8, 1946, in Amite, Louisiana, the son of the late Ray E. Durnin and Laura Strong Durnin. Paul was the owner and pharmacist at Paul's Pharmacy since 1976. He had a passion for his work and was an inspiration and mentor to many pharmacists along the way. Away from work, Paul enjoyed LSU football and basketball games. He loved spending time with his family and doting on his granddaughters. Paul will always be remembered as an extraordinary man with a loving and easy going manner. 

Paul is survived by his wife, Frances Messina Durnin; son, Paul  Durnin Jr. and wife Amy; daughter, Mary Durnin; granddaughters, Madeleine Durnin, Katherine Abdalla, Caroline Durnin, and Isabella Abdalla; brother, John Durnin and wife Carol; sister, Lisa Durnin; brother-in-law, Joe Messina and wife Ronnette; sister-in-law, Bette Messina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Durnin; sister-in-law, Klaudia Durnin; mother and father-in-law, Josephine "MaPhine" and Sam Messina; and brother-in-law, Andrew Messina.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Richard Murphy Hospice House for their compassionate care, as well as Sister Nicholas Schiro and Sister Evelyn Fournet for their friendship and prayers.

Family and friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401 on Sunday, April 28, 2024 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Visitation will continue at Harry McKneely on Monday, April 29, 2024 from 8:00 am until 10:30 am.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 620 3rd St. , Independence, Louisiana 70443 on Monday at 11:00 am, with Fr. Charlie Johnson officiating.

Entombment will follow at Colonial Cemetery Mausoleum in Independence, Louisiana.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home and Crematory of Hammond and Ponchatoula. An on-line guest book is available at www.harrymckneely.com.
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Visitation

Sunday, April 28, 2024

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home and Crematory-Hammond

2000 N Morrison Blvd, Hammond, LA 70401

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Visitation

Monday, April 29, 2024

8:00 - 10:30 am (Central time)

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home and Crematory-Hammond

2000 N Morrison Blvd, Hammond, LA 70401

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Mass

Monday, April 29, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church

620 3rd St, Independence, LA 70443

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