on October 24, 2013 - 5:23 PM
Feb. 26, 1926 – Oct. 23, 2013
William G. Duquin, of Williamsville, a former deputy director of technical operations at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he attended School 48 and was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He enlisted in the Army in August 1944 as an infantryman and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Returning from service, Mr. Duquin attended computer training school at Remington Rand, and for 12 years he worked for Remington Rand as a computer engineering consultant in the Northeast.
After attending Erie County Technical Institute, he went to work for the Housing Authority in 1964 and was responsible for overseeing LBJ Towers, Holling Homes, the Stuyvesant, the Monsignor Geary Apartments and the Frank Sedita Apartments.
Mr. Duquin was known for his ability to build, remodel or repair many things. He oversaw construction of his summer home in Long Beach, Ont.
He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church for 45 years. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Renaissance Club and the Ahmbex Club for retirees of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.
In retirement, he was devoted to genealogy and published a family history, “The Story of You – The Duquin Family From Belgium to Buffalo.”
He maintained a lifelong friendship with nine classmates from School 48. Known as “The Kindergarten Klub,” they met monthly for cards, overnight golf trips and lunch.
His first wife, Betty Mattison Duquin, died. He was married in 1968 to the former Susan Everett.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, William A., Robert and Bryan; two daughters, Monica Knight and Tricia Anastasi; and a sister, Florence Mooney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Mark’s Church, 401 Woodward Ave.