Sadness at recent death of Dr Ernest Chude Dureke


It is with heavy hearts that the families of Dr Ernest Chude Dureke announce his sudden passing at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, NL, on Monday, February 18, 2019, at the age of 85.

Dr Dureke worked in the Tralee General Hospital from 1979 to 1982 and spent many years as an Anesthesiologist at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital before retiring in 2009. Ernest lived in Meadowlands Estate with Ita Dureke (née Kinsella) while working in the Tralee General Hospital. Prior to moving to Tralee, he graduated from University College Dublin with a medical degree. Ernest became a naturalised Irish citizen in 1980.

In 2012, he was awarded the Canadian Medical Association Honorary Life Membership Award.

In 2014, he was awarded the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association Honorary Life Membership Award.

Previously, Dr Dureke was the Wing Commander and Commanding Officer of the Nigeria Air Force Base Hospital, Kano, in Nigeria.

Ernest leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife of 30 years, Daphne Dureke (née Lodge); his children, Ernest Dureke (Lillian) of Tralee; Owen Dureke of Tralee, Ita Dureke (Mark) of Richmond, England, Christina Dureke (Richard) of Tralee; Frances Dureke (ex-wife of Ernest) of Tralee; James Pelley (Arlene) of Massey Drive, NL; daughter-in-law, Lori Chynn (Pelley) of Deer Lake, NL; his grandchildren, Leroy Dureke (Emma) of London, England, Lyndsey Dureke (James) of London, England Michael Pelley (Arianna) of Saint John, NB, Kelsey Dureke of Tralee, Kelsey de La Torre (Ivanhoe) of Rialto, California, Riana O'Dell-Pelley of Massey Drive, NL, Erin Lansley of Richmond, England, Cormac Lansley of Richmond, England, and Lorcan Lansley of Richmond, England.

His two great-grandchildren were Jade Dureke of Tralee, Ireland and Kayden Dureke of London, England.

He had many other loved relatives throughout Canada, Ireland, England, USA, South Africa and Nigeria.

Special heartfelt thoughts also go to Tammy Benoite and Gene Wells and, especially, the wonderful staff at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital for their care and compassion.

Ernest was predeceased by his parents, Mary and John Dureke of Nigeria; his son, John Pelley of Deer Lake, NL; his brothers of Nigeria, His Royal Highness Eze Dureke, Eugene Dureke, Hugh Dureke, Chief John Dureke, Joseph Dureke, and Modestus Dureke; his sisters of Nigeria, Mary Dureke, Victoria Ogu, Brigid Dureke, and Magdalene Dureke; his uncle, Chief Osa Dureke of Nigeria; and his Granddad, Chief Okonojaku Dureke.

The family also received only relatives and special close friends on Friday, February 22, at Parsons Funeral Home and Chapel, 63 North Main Street, Deer Lake, NL, where a private service also followed, with Father Gabriel and Major Henry Bingle officiating.

And, then keeping with Ernest's wishes, cremation took place with a private Interment to take place at a later date.

He is forever in our Hearts.