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Obituary of William C. Duca


William C. Duca, 90, of Cortland, passed away Wednesday November 7, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y. after a brief illness. Born June 26, 1928 in Cortland, William was the son of Valentine and Filomena Persichilla Duca and was a Cortland resident his entire life.

William was a graduate of Cortland High School and had retired from Brewer-Titchener where he was employed for 43 years.

William had married Catherine O’Neil of Cortland, on April 14, 1951 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cortland., and the couple had been married for 62 years before Catherine’s passing in 2013. William was also preceded in death by his son; Stephen P. Duca in 2015. In addition to his parents, William was also preceded in death by siblings; Joena Gabriel, Dominick Duca, Anthony Duca, Patsy Duca, Mary Reitano, Lucy Duca, Virginia Duca and Lena Duca.

William is survived by his daughter; Carol J. Duca of Sherburne and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home 69 N. Main St. Cortland, N.Y. with Rev. Kenneth Kirkman officiating, The Duca family will be present to receive friends also on Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. prior to services in the funeral home chapel. Prayers of committal will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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