Darlene Joyce McGrath-Durant
1971 - 2024
Darlene Joyce McGrath-Durant
Service Information
Service Date
Saturday February 3, 2024
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
Ste. Croix Church, Pomquet. A video recording will be available on this website Saturday afternoon.
Burial Information
Burial Location
Burial will be held at a later date.
Requested Charity
Antigonish Food Bank or the SPCA.
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For those unable to attend due to weather conditions, the Funeral Mass will be recorded and available on this website on Saturday afternoon.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the unexpected passing of Darlene Joyce McGrath-Durant, age 52, of Dunmore, Antigonish County which occurred on Friday January 26th, 2024. She was the wife of Martin Durant who was by her side for all 15 years of their marriage.  

Born and raised in Antigonish, she was the daughter of Ronald and Willena (Baker) McGrath of North Grant.

Despite holding various jobs in her life, none of them resonated with her as profoundly as her volunteer work at the food bank, where she felt comfortable and valued.

Darlene loved her routine which always included her beloved daily walks at the landing – and of course, Tuesdays and Saturdays were reserved for visiting her mom and dad. She loved to read and knit with many unfinished dish cloths decorating her home. She was the one who made sure there were updated family pictures from the annual PEI trips and Christmas. Darlene loved to bake and never failed to bring expertly iced, low sugar cake or cupcakes to every family gathering.

Besides her parents Ronald and Willena (Baker) McGrath who loved her and could always count on her, she is survived by her husband and best friend Martin who loved and appreciated her, sister Kelly (Tim) Delorey of Tracadie whom she loved and could always talk to (even if it was to agree to disagree), and her special nieces Skyler and Savana Delorey, whom she adored beyond what they could ever imagine. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

She is predeceased by maternal grandparents Percy and Mary Catherine (Murray) Baker; paternal grandparents Patrick and Anna" Mum Mum" (Hackett) McGrath; and uncles William McGrath and David Smith.

Over the last several months Darlene slowly lost her ability to find joy in any of the things she loved about life and herself. We will always remember and love Darlene for being kind, humble, funny, and so soft hearted.

Cremation has taken place, there will be no public visitation. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, February 3rd, 2024, at 11:00am at Ste. Croix Church in Pomquet with Reverend Charlie Cameron presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Antigonish Food Bank or the Antigonish SPCA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Services, 135 College Street Antigonish. Online condolences - www.clcurry.com.

Darlene Joyce McGrath-Durant