Industry mourns the passing of Choice Security's Jim Durkin

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

LANCASTER, Pa.—Choice Security announced the unexpected passing of company founder and CEO James J. Durkin. He was 65.

Founding owner Ray Bear, who will be assuming the role of CEO, said, “Jim Durkin was a long term friend as well as a business partner. All of us in the Choice Security family mourn his passing. He will be greatly missed. We are committed to continuing to provide the same quality of service to our customers that Jim insisted upon. All the employees of Choice have committed to continuing the legacy that Jim started.”

Durkin was born to John Vincent Sr. and Mary Catherine McAllister Durkin in Jersey City, N.J. on June 27, 1952. He was raised on Long Island, N.Y. and attended Mineola High School.

He was commissioned to the U.S. Army Signal Corps upon graduation from Gannon College in 1974 and was honorably discharged after proudly achieving the rank of Captain.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster and treasurer of the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg.

Durkin loved vacationing in Florida, the University of Notre Dame, coaching lacrosse, golf, and above all—his family.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Rose, father of Caihlin, her husband Jacob, James Joseph III, future grandfather of Joshua James, brother of John Vincent Jr., his wife JoAnn, Kathleen McGarvey, and her husband William.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (a cause close to his heart): 90 Park Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10016.