James B. Durkin

Date of Passing:

January 27, 2023

Durkin, James B., 59, formerly of Barrington, died unexpectedly on Friday January 27, 2023 in Studio City, CA.

Born in Schenectady, NY, a son of William T. Durkin of Barrington and the late Anne M. (Deakin) Durkin, he lived in Barrington and Studio City, CA.

Mr. Durkin was Vice-President of Sales for Smart Post Sound in Burbank, CA and was also an owner of the DMG Durkin Management Group. He was funny, smart and loved music and appreciated talented performers.

James was a graduate of Barrington High School Class of 1981 and Berklee College of Music, Boston, Class of 1985. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation to work in the Entertainment Industry and he was very dedicated to his work.

Besides his father, he is survived by his brothers and sister, William T. Durkin Jr. MD and his wife Patricia of Escondido, CA, George D. Durkin and his wife Sheryl of Las Vegas, NV, Marita Durkin Gray, Esq. and her husband Wayne of Swansea, MA, Thomas J. Durkin and his wife Celia of Swansea, MA and Brian J. Durkin and his wife Kimberly of Barrington and his nieces and nephews, Andrew Durkin, Patrick Durkin, Lauren Durkin, Madeline Durkin, Caileigh Durkin, Bennett Durkin and Charles Durkin.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church, Maple Avenue, Barrington on Friday June 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington.

Online Condolences


  1. Deepest condolences from Margaret Kane (She’s bedbound in a nursing home after her stroke last summer, with aphasia, but wanted me to convey her sympathy).

  2. Marita, its been a long time, but I was acquainted with your brother when he first moved to Los Angeles because I was living here, going to law school, and I am still living here. I know my cousin also knew him and conveyed the news of his passing to him. Just be sure to know that if he lived here in LA, he undoubtedly had an interesting life which I hope he enjoyed! I hope you are well and do not just feel his loss, but his presence and reminders of him around you. Take care.

  3. Marita, Wayne and the Durkin family, Please accept our condolences on the loss of your brother, James.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Brian and Margaret Riley

  4. Dear Marita and Wayne John and I are so saddened to hear the loss of your brother James. Many thoughts and prayers

  5. Tom , Marita and family I’m so sorry for your loss God Bless

  6. Shocked to read about the passing of my BHS Classmate and fellow BHS band member. Keeping his Dad and siblings in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Dear Wayne, Marita & Family: I’m so saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved brother James passing. Our prayers, love, hugs and condolences are with each of you. God bless you all and may you feel His Comforting Embrace at this most difficult time of loss.

  8. To all the Durkins…The Moran Family is heartbroken over the news of Jim’s passing. From our days growing up together in the neighborhood to these later years, we could always share great memories and laughs recounting our neighborhood shenanigans as kids. Jim always had a great sense of humor and easy smile…we’ll miss his laughter. Our consolation is knowing his Mom, Anne was there to welcome him home. May the memories of laughter dry the tears of grief, may the days ahead reflect the love everlasting and ever-present to comfort this loss.

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