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William J. Duffy Obituary
William J. Duffy "Bill" WWII Navy Veteran William J. Duffy aka "Weary Willie" of Essington and formerly of the Meadows, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Bill was the son of the late William J. and Mary (nee Craig) Duffy. Pop had a big heart and would help anyone at anytime without a complaint. He loved volunteering as "Weary Willie" and dressing in his WWII Navy uniform marching in the Memorial Day Parade. A Knights of Columbus Grand Knight/ life time member. He helped build St. Margaret Mary's RC Church where he was a parishioner for 60+ years. For over 40 years, he worked the second shift as chief electrician and maintenance supervisor at Merck-Sharpe and Dohme in Lansdale, PA. Dad's second job was with Ernest D. Menold, Inc., in Lester, PA lovingly working with them for 65 years. Pop's greatest accomplishment besides his family was his service in WWII. He served as an electrician and turret gunner on two US Navy Aircraft Carriers, the USS Belleau Wood and the USS Monterey. He was awarded the bronze medal for his heroism in action against enemy forces in the Pacific. A True American Hero. Survivors: His beloved wife of 67 years, Marie Duffy (nee Augustine). Loving father of Kathleen McCoy (Joseph), William J. Duffy (Florencia), Pat O'Neill (Joseph), James Duffy, Marybeth Duffy (Buster) and Maureen George (Jeff). Half-sister, Barbara. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services: Family and friends are warmly invited to Pop's Celebration of Life on Friday, March 7, 2014, from 9:30a.m., until his Funeral Mass at 11a.m., at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Roman Catholic Church, Wanamaker Avenue and Gov. Printz Blvd., Essington, PA. Interment: Private, preceded by Cremation with Confidence at Cavanagh's. In lieu of flowers: The family would appreciate contributions to: Honor Flight Philadelphia, PO Box 003, Broomall, PA 19008. (At zero cost to the WWII Vet, Honor Flight transports and salutes them at their Memorial in Washington, DC. DAD went in June of 2013 bringing him to tears)
Published in The Daily Times on Mar. 5, 2014
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