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It is with great sadness that the family of Duane Joseph Potter announces his passing after a longtime illness, on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family in Jacksonville, Florida.
A native of Smyrna, Delaware, Duane started his career as a machinist and continued his love of metal as a Union Boilermaker. Duane quickly worked his way up through the industry starting as a helper and flourished into a highly respected welder, continuing to advance into a foreman, and superintendent and thereon to a project manager. Duane worked alongside his brother for many years and also his nephews. Duane was one of the best in the welding field and always loved to share his skills to anyone willing to learn.
Duane had a great sense of humor and would go to any lengths to make us smile. He was a wonderful father and and will be forever remembered by his daughters as their best friend. Duane would do anything for his family. He was a loving and caring husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend to all that knew him. Duane was an exceptional cook and always loved cooking for his family. Duane loved his “Fat Boy” and was a huge fan of Ozzy Osborne and Motley Crue.
Duane will be lovingly and forever remembered by his wife, Amy Potter, and children: Shawn C Hilliard, Jeffery S Griffin, Samantha J Potter, Alexis J Garnett, and Ava Y Potter, all of Smyrna; his parents, Yvonne and Adnan Hakim of Jacksonville Florida, and Bruce W Potter of Smyrna; two brothers, Randall Potter of Clayton, and Brian M Potter, Sr, (Laura) of Millsboro; a granddaughter, Finley Griffin, of Smyrna and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Duane was preceded in death by his dear nephew, Brian M Potter, Jr.
A special thank you to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital’s staff and Community Hospice of Jacksonville, Florida for the extra special care given to Duane and our family.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at noon at Faries Funeral Home in Smyrna, Delaware. Family and friends are welcome to visit at 11:00am.
Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.