Unexpectedly passed away on June 20, 2014. He was born in New York City on February 26, 1942, the son of Michael and Kathleen (Morley) Duffy, natives of County Mayo, Ireland. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, his sister, Pat Duffy, and her husband, Bill Ardizoia, of Santa Rosa, along with numerous relatives and cousins on East Coast and in Europe. John is also fondly remembered by his former wife, Francisca Van Lith of Brookings, Oregon. Following his graduation from the SUNY Maritime Academy in New York with a degree in engineering, he worked at several facilities of the Atomic Energy Commission. He moved to the West Coast and went to graduate school at the University of Washington where he received two Masters degrees in nuclear engineering. He moved to the Bay Area and continued in the nuclear field working with PG&E and Bechtel Engineering. Joining forces with other engineers, he was a co-founder of EDS Nuclear, Inc., which subsequently was acquired by Impell Corporation. After some years, John decided to retire from the engineering field and follow his dream of sailing. Following several voyages, he purchased the 50-acre property at Barnes and River Roads in 1976. He subsequently removed the old fruit trees, planted grape vines, and built the Vintner's Inn on the property. Later, John Ash & Co. moved from Montgomery Village to the Inn. Many feel that the combination of a luxurious country inn and a producer-based restaurant was a milestone in the tourism industry in Sonoma County. In accordance with John's request, there will be no memorial service. If you wish, a donation in his name can be made to
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 4 to July 7, 2014