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Duane A. Darling
March 21, 1948 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 72)

Duane A. Darling, 72, of Johnstown, New York, and formerly of Dolgeville and Lowville, New York, passed away early Saturday morning, June 27, 2020, after a long courageous battle with Cancer, Parkinson’s, and the Coronavirus.

He was born on March 21, 1948, in Little Falls, New York, to the late Sidney and Leona (Elberly) Darling.  Duane attended Dolgeville Central School, graduating with the Class of 1966.  During his high school years, he distinguished himself as a “3 Letter Man” having excelled in football, basketball, and baseball.

After graduating from high school, Duane continued his athletic career by playing Semi-Pro Football with the Watertown Red & Black.  In addition, he proved his mantel as a student by attending Utica College and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education.  Later, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University.

After graduating, Duane secured his first teaching position at Lowville Academy Central School in Lowville, New York, where he taught math and science, and held several coaching positions.  Duane eventually left teaching to become a financial advisor with IDS, American Express.  Nonetheless, he maintained an active role in the community.  Eventually, however, he would return to teaching in the southeast securing a position in Georgia and later in South Carolina.

While living in South Carolina, Duane married the former Linda L. Alderson on April 19, 2011.  After he retired from teaching, they moved back to upstate New York to be closer to family.  They shared a union of nine years together.

Duane enjoyed sporting events which he, often attended.  Pursuing his passion for golf, he would, regularly play at any of the local golf courses and always enjoyed winning.  Moreover, as an avid reader, he continued to learn and grow throughout his life.

Duane leaves behind a loving family, many colleagues, and a wonderful group of friends.  Ever ready to jump in to help his family, he would, willingly, take on a home renovation project, a garden pergola, a chicken coop, or an appliance installation for any family member who needed assistance.  Generous with his time and generous in spirit, he possessed a dry wit.  A great listener and an amiable companion, Duane, readily, made friends who will, undoubtedly, be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda L. Darling, of Johnstown, New York; his loving children:  Traci Gonyea, and her husband, Gordon, Jr., of Dolgeville, New York, Eric Darling, and his fiancée, Dawn TenHoeve, of Dolgeville, New York, Ian Darling, of Gloversville, New York, and Ryan Darling, and his wife, Rebecca, of Haydenville, Massachusetts; his special grandchildren:  Dane Darling, of Dolgeville , New York, Matthew Gonyea, and his companion, Krysta Matthews, of Macedon, New York, Kassandra Gonyea, and her fiancé, Mitch VanSchaik, of Cranesville, New York, and Gretta and Griffin Darling, both of Haydenville, Massachusetts; a great-grandson, Lane VanSchaik; and his siblings:  Sidney Darling, and his wife, Carolyn, of Georgia, Leona (Lisa) Mathews, and her husband, Rodney, of Salisbury, New York, and Donna Boyer, of Dolgeville, New York; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Duane was predeceased by his parents, Sidney and Leona Darling; his sisters, Gloria Rasha and Norma Sponable; and his brothers:  Richard, Daniel, and William Darling.

Calling hours are scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York.  A graveside service will follow at the Curtis Corners Cemetery where committal prayers will be said.

The Darling Family would like to thank Annette Edick Darling for her care and compassion in assisting them with Duane for the last several months. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you make donations to The American Cancer Society to continue the search for a cure.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2020.

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