Francis Joseph 'Duff' Duffy
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Aug. 10, 1919 - March 26, 2013
Francis Joseph "Duff" Duffy was born Aug. 10, 1919 in Sacramento, California. He passed softly away in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to join his beloved wife Arlene.
Duff grew up in Sacramento and graduated from Christian Brothers before joining the Navy during WWII. He returned home after the war and wed his longtime sweetheart, Arlene Schmit. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this past Dec. 28, 2012. As newlyweds Duff began working for Standard Oil, which took the couple from Alturas to Woodland to Redding to Sacramento and back to Woodland where they lived for 52 years.
Duff was a generous, friendly, funny and kind man, loved dearly by his family and many friends. He was, of course, loved most by his wife Arlene, and two grateful children. Duff and Arlene shared many adventures together, traveling and meeting new people everywhere they went. They volunteered for Care Car and other community causes. Duff loved baseball and coached Babe Ruth and Little League teams through the years. In later years he proudly played as a member of the Legion 77 Senior Team, often running the bases for the "younger" members while he was in his mid-80s. He and Arlene enjoyed attending many sporting events together.
He was quite a remarkable man and will be missed so much by all of us. We will always keep his warmth and humor in our hearts and memories.
Duff is survived by his children: daughter Patricia (Christopher) Carlson, son Michael (Leann) Duffy; grandchildren Heather and Sean (Shawndra) Duffy; great-grandchildren Levi, Kaylee and Ethan Duffy (their grandmother Cindy Duffy); nieces Linda Sheppard and Barbara (George) Sell; nephew Gary (Caroline) Hughes; and his devoted caretaker Ili Qeleca, along with many friends. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife Arlene, parents Rose and Edward Duffy; and brother Lawrence Duffy.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, at McNary's Funeral Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland, with reception following at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to
458 College Street Woodland, CA 95695
Published in Daily Democrat from Mar. 30 to Apr. 20, 2013