Francis J. (Frank) Duffin

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Duffin, Francis J. (Frank), 89, born to Michael and Mary A. Duffin of Boston , MA in 1923 passed away on August 31, 2012. He attended Boston College in 1940 prior to entering the U.S. Army. He served in the Army Infantry from January 1943 to November, 1945. During World War II, he was a Sergeant in the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army. He served in the invasion of Kiska and the Aleutian Islands in 1943 and in Italy during the North Appenines , Rome-Arno and Po Valley Campaign. He was wounded in combat in Italy and received the Purple Heart Medal, was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism under enemy fire and the Combat Infantry Badge. After the war, he returned to Boston College and graduated in 1948. He attended Boston College Law School and left in March, 1951 to enter the F.B.I. as a Special Agent. While in the Bureau he was a Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor and a member of Miami 's First S.W.A.T. team. He retired from the FBI in 1975, later served as chairman of the Pan Am Chapter of the EX-FBI Agents of Miami, is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and St. Rose of Lima Church and had a strong devotion to Saint Teresa, the Little Flower. In 1975, Frank began work with World Jai Alai as Chief of Security in Miami, advancing to Director of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager, retiring in 2003. Frank is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Virginia, of 57 years, children Doreen (Gregory) Anderson, Tina (Thomas) Bixby, Frank (Catherine) Duffin, Thomas (Marie) Duffin, sisters, Marguerite Rheinberger of MN, Mary Ann Christina Duffin of MA, sister-in-law Valerie (Joseph) Dawson, brothers-in-law, Rudy (Linda) Vyleta of MS, and Richard Vyleta of IL, grandchildren Katie, Danielle, Frank Jr, Michael, Thomas, Sean, and many nieces and nephews, predeceased by brother, Thomas Duffin, sister Kathleen Duffin, and infant daughter Kathleen. A viewing will be held on Friday, September 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Landmark Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 415 N.E. 105th St., Miami Shores on Saturday, September 8, at 11 a.m. Frank is being buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Frank to ; 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Wounded Warriors Project at: www.woundedwarriorsproject.org. Arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home; 4200 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33021 954-989-8220.

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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Sept. 5, 2012
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