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Richard Durante, 71, Wyckoff Resident

Richard Durante
Richard Durante Photo Credit: Vander Plaat Memorial Home

WYCKOFF, N.J. -- Richard Durante, of Wyckoff, died on Wednesday, Jan. 4. He was 71.

Durante had a long career in radio, beginning when he served in the Air Force during Vietnam. He was an on-air personality, known for his comedy bits and impersonations, before becoming a radio production manager at WODS 103.3 FM.

There he produced jingles and commercials using his skills as a guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist. He also taught at North East Broadcast School in Boston.

Click here for a memorial video.

Durante is survived by his children, Christopher Durante and his wife Christy, and Scott Durante; grandchildren Elizabeth, Jeweleanne, Hailey, Anthony, Charlotte, Julianna and Connor; and brother David Durante.

The Vander Plaat Memorial Home, in Paramus, is handling arrangements. A memorial service is to be scheduled at a later date, with private cremation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to

  • the Diabetes Foundation, by clicking here, or by mail to 13 Sunflower Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652; or
  • the Garden State Harmonica Club, 354 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, NJ 07452.

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