Many Condolences Mrs Duffy and family. RIP Mr Duffy - I will always remember trying to figure out what a computer was as a kid, until I played your son Dan in Chess. I found out quickly the DNA didn't fall far from the tree, and the comment about dry sense of humor is spot on, but more than anything I will always remember a kind person with an infectious laugh, and living next door I was very familiar with the laugh and the good times we always had during the holidays in particular. And we should all remember what a computer was back in those days....... Computer pioneers are the equivalent of walking the John Muir trail, or landing on the moon - hard to imagine being the first!
October 12, 2013 Three of the greatest things happened to me in 1985. I met my husband Franco, rented a house on Burgener Blvd., and got the best next-door neighbors possible - the Duffy family. I immediately fell in love with Jack and Dorris and they became my second set of parents. Like Jack, my father had been a pilot in WWII. My mother and I flew on many Flying Tiger transports as we moved overseas to the far east and traveled in that area. Jack and I loved to sit and reminisce about these times, his from an adults viewpoint and mine from as a 10 year old child. I feel honored and privileged to have had Jack as a friend for 28 years. He was truly a great man and I am a better person for having known him.
Dorris & Kate, The entry starting with: "My 1st memories of Jack was written by Jim Patterson, VP Operations/PSA/Retired
I'm so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Jack, especially as our "guide" in the High Sierras, leading Tim, Pat, and me to exiting adventures. He will be missed. Regards, Dick Crandall
My 1st memories of Jack was in 1960 when I worked at the SAN Counter as a Ticket Agent at the old Lindberg Field Terminal on Old 101....he was lovingly known as "The Claw" as he conducted audits on the contents of our cash drawers.....He was always thorough and pleasant as he did his work....he later headed up the effort to automate our reservations and accounting functions back in the 1960's......Yes, there was a time when all functions performed by airline workers was of the manual nature.....no computers, no copiers, no printers and lots of yellow tablets and pencils with good erasers.....communications was by the good old telepype.....long distance phone calls were too expensive, so we communicated via that old teletype.....you knew you had been in the industry too long when you could read the tapes that we prepared to feed through the teletype reader....Jack was truly in the forefront when it came to automating the airline industry.......He spent many months helping Southwest Airlines "set up and run" their first res system (a system provided to them by PSA) in the early 1970's. The one thing that surprised me when I read Jack's obit, was his involvement in WWII.....he never talked about his many missions....suffice it to say, Jack was truly a HERO among us.....Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace!
I remember Mr. Duffy as being one of the funniest dads in the neighborhood, but he also had MY dad to compete with. No contest: they both were like Red Skelton and just both laughed themselves silly. He was laughing the last time I saw him. What a wonderful man. I'm fortunate to have known him almost all of my life, and I'm grateful to God for that. Lots of love to the whole fam damily! xxxooo and tears, Linda
You will never be forgotten. Years after our relationship at PSA (me an NCR computer man, you the PSA computer man) I rode my bicycle by you at Mission Bay Park, turned to make sure and there you were, that encounter led to a few breakfasts and lots memories reviewed, thank you.
Uncle Jack, You were one of a kind! I have so many great memories with you…..my first plane ride, first trip to Disneyland, but mostly I remember your visits to our home over the years. You were always interested in what we were doing, and had that great smile and laugh. About a year after Jim and I were married we spent a weekend with you and Aunt Dorris at my parent's home. As we were leaving, you waved us down to stop, and said that we had a flat tire. We looked all around the car and kicked the tires, and then you exclaimed “April Fools!” I am thankful you got to meet our redhead, Sara, in San Diego a couple of years ago. She looks more like a Duffy than a Hamilton ? We will never forget you, Rest in Peace, and blessings to your wonderful family who so lovingly cared for you. Love, Anne