Vincent T. Durkin, 88

Vincent T. Durkin, 88, of South Bethany, Del., passed away on April 25, 2019. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and graduated from St. John’s College High School and the University of Maryland. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a printer during his early career and then joined the Central Intelligence Agency. Durkin served in a variety of positions with the Office of Logistics and retired as the executive officer of logistics in 1989. He was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit upon retirement.

He and his late wife, Jean, raised their family in Rockville and Gaithersburg, Md. After many years of weekend trips to the Eastern Shore, they purchased a beach house in South Bethany in 1981 and moved there permanently in 2000. Durkin enjoyed boating and was a Washington Nationals fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jean DeAtley Durkin, in 2007; an infant son, Vincent Durkin; his parents, Charles and Esther Durkin; and his brothers, James, William, Donald, Charles, Paul and Robert Durkin. He is survived by his daughters Donna Addario and husband, Dan, of New Bern, N.C., Sharon Durkin of Bethany Beach, Del., and Lora Drewer of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; son, Paul Durkin and his wife, Gretchen, of Middletown, Md.; and granddaughters, Katie and Lauren Durkin of Middletown.

A mass of Christian burial was held April 30, 2019, at St. Ann Catholic Church, Bethany Beach, Del., with interment at Gate of Heaven cemetery in Dagsboro, Del.

Condolences may be sent online at