1935 Philip 2022

Philip Walter Durling Jr.

October 22, 1935 — May 8, 2022

Wesley – Philip Walter Durling Jr., 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 8, 2022, at home in Calais, Maine. Philip was born October 22, 1935 in Machias, Maine, the son of Philip Sr. and Cora (Seavey) Durling.

Philip attended the one room grade school in Wesley and he graduated from Machias Memorial High School in 1954. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany. In June of 1958, he married Judy Harmon. After he received his honorable discharge, he returned home to work and ultimately to raise his family. He followed in his father’s footsteps and then led a son down the same path; trucking, plowing snow, road construction, carpentry, and mechanics. He built, owned and operated the P&J Grocery & Service Station in Wesley and was active in town affairs. Philip was a hard worker, but he always found time to help others. He also was always ready for a good time.

He was predeceased by his parents, his loving wife Judy, and a niece, Paula Jeanne Holmes. He is survived by son Timothy Durling, daughter Sheila (Duane) Geel and son, Glen (Colleen) Durling; grandchildren Erica, Elisa, Cristen, Jeremy, Tyler and Taylor; great grandchildren Nikolas, Elizabeth, and Jeremiah; sister Betty Holmes and significant other Ann Johnson.

No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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