Tribute to Al Durno

Release Date: January 13, 2021

The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is saddened to learn of the passing of former long time Town Manager, Al Durno. Al Durno was a fixture in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for decades. He served the community as Town Manager for 31 years from 1978 until his retirement in 2009.

During his tenure as Town Manager, he served under 7 Mayors and 9 Councils. His dedication and leadership saw the advancement and growth of the Town.

Former Town Councillor and Mayor Leo Abbass Seventh, Eighth, Ninth & Tenth Elected Council stated:

“It was an honour and a privilege to work and serve with Al during my time on council.  It was an incredible honour to be able to call him a friend.  I more than appreciated the knowledge, professionalism, and advice Al offered during our time together with the Town.  Dealing with the public, staff issues, and a Mayor and Council can be very trying at the best of times.  Al never wavered; he always took the high road, remained calm, professional, and respectful. Al knew his job and his community and always conducted himself with pride and respect when dealing with issues relating to matters of concern.”

Former Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor Stanley Oliver Seventh, Eighth, Ninth & Tenth Elected Council stated:

“Al Durno was more than just a Town Manager; he was a wonderful mentor, a consummate, flawless advisor. Mr. Durno, through his 31 years with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, provided that advice in the most respectful way, always offering positive alternatives. As a young Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor, I am forever grateful to be on the receiving end of his quiet calm demeanor and guidance.”

Brad Butler, Fire Chief Happy Valley-Goose Bay Fire Department, stated:

“Al Durno’s commitment to the HVGB Volunteer Fire Department was invaluable. His dedication and commitment over 45 years of service were unwavering. He was a mentor to all. His passing is a great loss to the Department and indeed the entire community.”

His Worship, Mayor Wally Andersen Twelveth Elected Council stated:

“Al’s commitment to Happy Valley-Goose Bay extended beyond the Town Hall. He was prominent in the recreation scene and served as a volunteer firefighter for 45 years. In 1988 he was inducted into the Softball Newfoundland Labrador Hall of Fame.

Most notable to anyone who knew him was the dedication to his wife, two daughters, and especially his Grandchildren. He was a special friend to so many. He always took the time to listen to anyone who approached him.”


The Twelveth Council, Management, and Staff of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay offers sincere condolences to Al’s family and friends.

In honour of his legacy and contribution to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, flags in front of Town Hall will fly at half-mast until sunset on the day of his funeral service.