John A. Duffy
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Age 92, of Glen Bernie Estates and Fenwick Island, went home to the Lord on Resurrection Sunday.
John was born in Marcus Hook, PA to the late Hugh and Mary Duffy (Quinn) and was raised along the Delaware River which instilled in him a lifelong love of boats and the water. He worked various jobs to help support his family during the depression and was working at the Pennsylvania Railroad when he joined the US Navy at the start of World War II. John saw service on the USS New Orleans in the Pacific Theater and remained in the Naval Reserve after the war.
He married the love of his life, the former Anna Greger, and they began to build their life together. They were among the first residents of Glen Berne Estates, building their home with their own hands.
In 1950, John was recalled to duty in the Korean War and served on the USS Telfair transporting troops into the war zone. John left the railroad in the mid 1950's and after working at Delaware Power and Light and Delaware Boiler Co., he began his career with DuPont at Chestnut Run. During his working life John was involved in many activities including auto racing In the late 50's and early 60's with his brother Joe, competing in the NASCAR sportsman division in the tri-state area and at Daytona, Florida in 1959 and 1960. John was a Coast Guard licensed Captain and built his sailboat the 34' About Time that he sailed for many years on the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays and also to Florida.
After His retirement from The DuPont Company in 1985, John and Anna lived in Fenwick Island and wintered in Florida for many years. During his retirement and consistent with his love of boats and the water, he built as a family project the steam launch Lady Anne.
A devoted husband and father he is survived by two sons, John H. Duffy (Theresa) and Michael J. Duffy; grandchildren: Annie, Sean, Angus, John, Jodie and Katie; great-grandchildren: Issac, Amber, Amanda and Ronald; sister-in-law Jill Duffy and many nieces and nephews including his niece Cassie Litwin who was like a daughter. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Anna, in 2011, brothers, George, William and Joe and sisters, Marie Tatarsky and Dorothy Swavy as well as granddaughter, Angie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. John the Beloved Church Roman Catholic Church on Monday, April 8 at 11 am. Family and friends may call prior to the Mass from 9:30 to 10:30 am at MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Limestone and Milltown Roads. Entombment will be at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Summit Bridge.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Ministry of Caring, 506 N. Church St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
Mealey Funeral Homes & Crematory
2509 Limestone Rd Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2013