City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Steven Duryea

Durham, North Carolina

Age 72.
Died 03/03/2024.

Steven Duryea
Steven (Steve) Alan Duryea passed away peacefully on March 3rd, 2024 at the age of 72.

Born in Oceanside, NY on November 25th, 1951, Steve will always be known for his kind heartedness, love for his family, and perfect joke at inopportune moments. He had passion for golf and boating, a passion that he shared with everyone. He was your go-to-guy for sports knowledge, especially New York teams, and cared deeply for those around him. Even through the difficult times, he displayed happiness and love, all the way till the end of life.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents Jean Mable Johansen and Alan George Duryea, Jr. He is survived by his two children Christopher Duryea (Casey) and Colleen Tolley (Neil), two grandchildren, Carson and Cora Duryea, and sister Maureen Fiorenza (Jack), nephew and niece, Justin and Jessica Fiorenza.

Wonderful words from his sister, Maureen:

“My brother Steve was known for his surprises and sense of humor. You couldn’t help shaking your head and laughing which are now the memories we cherish. For example, my daughter Jessica, played basketball and the night he watched her play wasn’t her best game so for Christmas that year he sent her a brick. The Post Office wanted to insure the package which of course he declined. One particular Christmas morning he surprised me and was standing on my doorstep. How did he know I needed to see him? One word was Love. That was Steve. His favorite sandwich was peanut butter and mayonnaise so always had to have it in the house when he visited. We used to send each other cards “What is a brother” “What is a Sister” which became a running joke over the years.

He was so happy becoming a Grandfather and knowing Steve he would have had them on his boat cruising the lake like he did as a child.
His family was the most important thing to him and his Love was unconditional. If you met Steve, you were his friend.

Steve was a hardworking, loving, caring person which brought Love and Laughter to all and he will be missed.”

Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the support and care that Sunnybrook Rehabilitation Center has provided over the years. As well as Transition Life Care, who helped guide us through this difficult time.

Steve’s celebration of life will be held on March 23rd, 2024 at the Boot Room (2501 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707), between the hours of 1pm - 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the SPCA of Wake County.

In honor of Steve’s life, we would like to share a few songs that we are sure he would enjoy:

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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