Peter J. Duffy, Sr., born July 6, 1942, in Rochester, to the late Edward J. and Phyllis A. Duffy, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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No man could have wished for a more loyal friend. He was a rugged man with an eloquent mind, which he shared until the very end.
Duffy was educated in Rochester public schools; became a scratch pro at the Rochester Country Club, served the U.S. Navy from 1963-1966; Winona State College graduate in 1967; graduate of the University of Minnesota, 1971; the star pupil of John Berryman; University of British Columbia, 1974, the same year in which he wrote and completed his first novel, 1974-77, traveled extensively throughout North America as a diversified media specialist, and wrote his second novel, in which he interviews Ravi Shankar, Frank Zappa and Hunter S. Thompson, 1977-79, he wrote local histories for the Minnesota Chambers of Commerce, produced children's plays, and became a critic and reviewer of music and theater for various Minnesota and Wisconsin publications, 1979-87, became writer-in-residence at the Blueberry Patch in Gulfport, Fla., 1988-92, became ESL territorial educator in the Marianas and Marshall Islands, 1993-98, lived with his family in Rochester working in construction and continued his writing endeavors as a critic of writing and theater, 1998-2013, maintained his writer-in-residence at the Blueberry Patch.
He is survived by his son, Peter Jr. (Miso) Duffy of Osaka, Japan; brothers, Edward J. of Rochester and David (Neva) of Stone Lake, Wis.; sisters, Nancy A. Elkins of Bend, Ore., and Mary K. (Mark) Janes of Rochester; two grandsons, Taihei Duffy and Yoher Duffy of Osaka, Japan; five nieces; five nephews; and best friend, Dallas Bohrer and a great number of Patch Pals.
What survives him are his accomplishments in literature, his kindness to children, his love of art and music, and all of his great friendships with the many people he touched.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 11, 2013