July 29, 1940 – Aug. 17, 2013
Francis Felix “Frank” Duran, of North Buffalo, a grant coordinator in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office for nearly 30 years, died Saturday under hospice care after a long illness. He was 73.
Born in Braddock, Pa., Mr. Duran grew up in Depew. He was a graduate of Canisius High School and earned a business degree from Niagara University in 1962.
Mr. Duran was a systems analyst for Westinghouse in Buffalo and American Airlines in New York City. When the airline decided to move his office to Tulsa, Okla., he took severance pay and lived for a year in the Netherlands.
When he returned home, his college roommate, Joseph Terrizzi, who was an assistant district attorney at the time, told him of an opening in the office. Mr. Duran served as grant coordinator until his retirement in 2005.
Adept at math and computers, he enjoyed reading and research. He was a member of Mensa.
“He was like a human Wikipedia,” his wife of 27 years, the former Rosemary Barca, said.
He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, a Third Order Franciscan and a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He also was a docent for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, leading tours for 25 years.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Rachel; a son, Francis J.; a sister, Antoinette; and three brothers, Anthony, Richard and Terence.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mark Church, 401 Woodward Ave.