Alton L. “Curly” Durost

October 21st, 2012

Alton L. “Curly” Durost, age 86, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 20, 2012.

Alton was born on August 18, 1926 in Caribou, Maine, he was the dear son of the late William and Lillian (Burnett) Durost.  Alton was raised and educated in Maine,  following High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy on October 21, 1943.  Alton served all over the Pacific and Europe, he received several medals for his faithful service including the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Camp Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, and the Philippine Liberty Medal.  Alton was honorably discharged in February of 1946 and returned home to his family in Maine.

Alton married his “sweetheart” Kathleen D. Foster, fondly known as  “Kay” in 1947, celebrating more than 64 years of marriage.  Alton and Kay lived in Maine, moved to Woburn for a couple of years before settling in Wilmington in 1961.  Alton and Kay also enjoyed traveling and being “Snow Birds” in Florida during the New England Winters.  When summer came, Alton was a fixture on the “poop deck” of his Hampton Beach Cottage where he would socialize and manage rental property for more than 30 years.

In his earlier years, Alton was employed by the Government at AVCO Defense Systems in Wilmington and was part of the “heat shielding crew” that helped with the building of the Apollo Space Craft, it was an exciting time in Alton’s life to be part of history.

Prior to retiring, Alton also worked at Leonard Furniture in Woburn for many years.

Alton also served his community well and was a Mason at the Friendship Lodge in Wilmington for many years.

Alton will be fondly remembered for his love of big band music, dancing, his lottery tickets, his outgoing personality, but most of all his devotion to his family and friends, he was a loving husband, supportive father, and was especially close to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss him dearly.

Alton was the beloved husband of Kathleen D. (Foster) “Kay”, devoted father of Robert Durost and his wife Roberta Ferrari of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, William Durost and his wife Lucille of Tewksbury, Alton Durost II and his wife Helen of Lyndeborough, NH, Carl Durost and his wife Jeanne of Wilmington, and Kathleen Roberge and her husband Daniel of Acton, ME, loving “Grampy” of Christopher, Heather, James, Kelly, Alton III, Paul, Stacey, Kerry, Brian, Jacqueline, Christopher, and Melissa,  Great-Grampy  of Blake, Zachary, Garrett, Colin  Bobby , Chase, Ryan, Kyra, Ethan, Dallas, Zandra, Travis, Alexis, Peyton, Carly, and Zander, dear son of the late William and Lillian (Burnett) Durost, Alton is also survived by his dear sister-in-law Cheryl DuPlessis of Greenville, ME, as well as  many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Thursday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alton’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062-5040.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Alton L. “Curly” Durost”

  1. Paula and Bernie Ferrari says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please accept our condolences.
    We have such happy Hampton memories that will stay with us always and lots of laughs around the dinner table on Christmas day at Roberta and Bob’s. Thanks, for the memories!

  2. Downs Family says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Even though we never had the chance to meet him I do have to say Michael spoke very highly of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
    The Downs Family

  3. Don, Mary and Kevin Phinney says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with “Ma D” and all the Durost family. We adopted “Mr. D” and “Ma D” as second parents to Mary and me and as second “grandparents” to Kevin. He was a wonderful part of our life for a very long time and he will be greatly missed.

  4. Kathleen and Jimmy Hennessy says:

    Jimmy and I are thinking of you all during this difficult time. Curly was a wonderful man, husband and father and will be missed by so many. We were priviledged to have known him. God bless.

    Kathleen, Jimmy and Madeline

  5. Roberta Ferrari says:

    I can not believe how lucky I am. I was born into an incredible family and married into one. Alton was the rock, he was so warm and gentle and always made you feel good. I am so grateful to have shared his life. Alton you will remain in my heart forever. Love Roberta

  6. Kelly, Mark & Mickey Fitts says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go to the Durost Family, Al was a wonderful soul. We are so glad we met him and the family.

  7. Cheryl DuPlessis says:

    How blessed I have been to have Curly for a brother-in-law all of my life. He was more like a second Dad as he always treated me like one of his own children. He showed us all what unconditional love is. No matter what life choices any of us made, good or bad, he never passed judgement and always continued to love us. I will dearly miss his sweet nature, readiness to smile and laugh, and steadfast attitude toward life. He set a wonderful example for all of “kids

  8. Wayne and Alice Hulburt says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Alton’s passing. He was a great guy and the memories we have of our times at Hampton Beach are cherished ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers as we understand the void that is created by his death.

  9. Peder and Maureen MacQuarrie says:

    Very happy to be with the Durost family today to celebrate the life of Mr. D. Peder and I feel blessed to have known Mr. and Mrs. D and have shared many laughs with them over the years. Thank you Carl, for sharing your Mom and Dad with us.

  10. Don Bristol says:

    I am sorry for the families loss. I never met the man, but he was my great uncle. May God, be with you and comfort you.

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