SARASOTA, Fla. – William Buchanan, 96, died Oct. 13, 2007. Born in Great Works, he was the eldest of seven siblings to William and Jennie Pearl (Spinney) Buchanan. Durward graduated from Old Town High School. He moved to Stamford, Conn., where he met and married his wife of 68 years, Mildred (Pickett). He was a deacon and choir member at North Stamford Congregational Church. He also sang with Norwalk’s German Club Choir. Durward was a Blue Lodge Mason of Union Lodge No. 5, AF & AM and past worthy patron of the Eastern Star Chapter, Stamford, Conn. He retired from the Perkin-Elmer Corp., in 1980. Durward and Mildred retired to Sarasota, Fla. He became a Brother of the Scottish Rites, a Shriner and a charter member of the Sahib Temple, where he sang in the Chanters. He volunteered for the American Red Cross at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and joined their Choral Society. Durward was a member of Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, where his strong tenor voice prevailed until he was 92. Durward was a moral man, a thoughtful neighbor and a loving father. He loved his wife and spent his final years near her in nursing care. He is survived by Mildred; his son, William; his daughter, Judy Lata; his sister, Ruth Legassey in Millinocket; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. There will be no local services. Condolences may be forwarded to Mildred at Springwood Nursing Center, 4602 Northgate Court, Sarasota, FL 34274.