James Bryer Duff Jr., 79, a resident of WindsorMeade of Williamsburg, died April 10, 2012, after a long battle with cancer and its related problems.
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He was born July 19, 1932, in Richmond, and moved to Hamden, Conn., with his family during World War II. He returned to Virginia to graduate from the College of William & Mary, Class of 1954. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, in which he held various offices, and he earned his letter as a member of the varsity swim team.
After college Jim entered the Army and served on Operation DEW Line along the northern coasts of Alaska and Canada. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Connecticut where he joined Scovill Manufacturing Co. as a salesman. During his years at Scovill he held several titles, including branch manager and finally general product manager of the Closure Division. With his wife and children, Jim lived in New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Connecticut during his business career. In 1971 he joined Equitable Bag Manufacturing Co. as general product manager and moved to Darien, Conn. He was an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and a member of the Tokeneke Club.
In 1991, Jim and his wife, Katrina, moved to Williamsburg. An avid golfer, never concerned about his moderate playing skills, he was a member of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. He was an active member of Bruton Parish Church, where he served as usher and also co-chaired the Newcomers Committee. He was a volunteer for Colonial Williamsburg, conducting tours through several original 18th century buildings. Jim was also active in the W&M Alumni Association, serving as chairman of the 45th reunion of his class. For several years he was president of the Links Townhome Association and chairman of its board of directors when he lived in Ford's Colony. He was a wood carver, carving and painting hundreds of Santas, elves, and Noah's arks with animals for family, friends, and several retail shops.
Jim is survived by his wife, Katrina B. Duff; daughters, Elizabeth Duff Stuart of San Diego, Calif., and Cynthia Duff Spudic of Mt. Prospect, Ill., and her husband, Gregory Spudic; four grandchildren: Caroline and Emily Stuart of San Diego and Chris and David Spudic of Mt. Prospect; his brother, Robert Wallace Duff of Wilmington, N.C.; and sister, Julia Duff Moore of New Haven, Conn.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at Bruton Parish Church on April 16 at 2 p.m. followed by a reception for family and friends at WindsorMeade, 3900 Windsor Hall Dr., Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg VA 23187. Please notate the gift is in memory of James B. Duff Jr.
Online condolences may be registered at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net or www.vagazette.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Apr. 13 to May 12, 2012