Wayne Durrell

Wayne Durrell was known across the Eastern Townships as a country and western musician who played at venues from the Brome Fair, the Odd Fellows Hall and the Legion in Knowlton, to weddings and country and western bars from Phillipsburg to Cowansville.

Mr. Durrell, who has died at the age of 79, ran several businesses in Knowlton.

Wayne Dale Durrell was born in Knowlton on December 28, 1938. His father died when he was young and his mother ran a boarding house to make ends meet. In his 20s he moved to Ontario and worked for Eatons department store as a trained television repairman.

When he moved back to Knowlton with his family in 1971, he ran an electronics repair business, Ashdale Electronics, from a shop in the basement of his house on Knowlton Road. When TV sets became too computerized, he started two other businesses: property management, which involved landscaping and snow removal, and a cleaning business. He cleaned both bank premises, town buildings and the Post Office among others.

“He always loved music,” said his son Dwayne Durrell. “He was quite adept, and he played bass, guitar and keyboard, as well as the mandolin.”

Wayne Durrell was a soft spoken man with impeccable manners, who enjoyed warm relations with his customers. He was known to spend time talking in the kitchen over a coffee when he dropped by to settle accounts.

He is survived by his children, Donald, Brian, Dwayne, Cindy and Sharon, his sisters, Reba and Beverly, and his brother Dewey, his companion Gisèle along with grandchildren and great grandchildren.