Local parishioner “Deacon Joe” During passes suddenly at 73

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A special life was lost this weekend in Deacon Joseph H. During, Jr., who passed away suddenly on Friday (January 22) at the age of 73.

“Deacon Joe” — as he became commonly recognized — was known for much more than his vocation with the Catholic church.

He served two years in the Army (1967-69) and spent the entire time as Chaplain Assistant at his South Carolina base.

During was later discharged honorably with a National Defense medal and expert rifleman recognition.

In 1968, while still in the service, During married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Hull.

Upon leaving the Army, he returned to work for Dermody, Burke & Brown Certified Public Accountants in Syracuse.

The firm had gotten him a brief start to an Accounting career before he was drafted into the Army.

His time with DB&B helped During achieve a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.

Later on, he moved his family to Cortland in 1984 to open a branch of the company and finally managed his own accounting practice in 2001.

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Over the years, Joe volunteered his time and extensive accounting knowledge with various local charities and non-profit organizations.

He was an active member of the Mattydale Fire Department from 1971 to 1981 and became an Honorary Member in May of 1981.

In 1989, he joined the Cortlandville Fire District where he served as District Treasurer for 7 years, then became a District Commissioner for 6 years.

He also served as Department Chaplin for both departments up until his death.

In 2006, he completed his seven-year journey to become an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church for the Diocese of Syracuse.

Calling hours are planned for Thursday (January 28) from 4 to 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s Church.

A Deacon Vigil Service starting at 7:00 PM at the church, 59 North Main Street, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 11 am.

All services will be livestreamed on St. Mary’s (Cortland) Church Facebook page.

Be advised that COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced for all services. You must wear a mask, sign in at the door for contact tracing purposes and practice social distancing at all times.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s name may be made to United Way of Cortland County, 50 Clinton Avenue, Cortland, New York 13045 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 59 North Main Street, Cortland, NY 13045.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joseph H. During, visit this page.

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