John Michael Duffy
1936 - 2020
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Mr. John Michael Duffy

Waltham - Mr. John Michael Duffy, of Waltham, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at 83 years old.

Born on July 26th, 1936 to the late Lawrence Joseph Duffy and Alice B. (Quirk) Duffy, John was raised in Waltham. He graduated from Waltham High School and proceeded to join the U.S. Navy and served on 3 different aircraft carriers, The Intrepid, Midway and Coral Sea. After his Naval Service ended, he met the love of his life, Mary Ann (McGarry) Duffy, and together, they had four sons. Over the years, they spent their summers down the Cape, their springs and falls on the sidelines of their sons' sporting events, visiting friends in North Conway and their winters hunkered down, laughing in their Willow St. home.

John was extremely proud to be from Waltham, and one of his greatest joys was serving his city. In 1978 he was elected the city's Councilor at Large, and he served in this role for 12 years. He also spent many years as the Superintendent of the Waltham Cemetery Department. After his retirement, John broadened his service by working for FEMA, then, in recent years, he found his way back to serving Waltham on the Historical Society and Survey and Planning Board.

All who knew John will undoubtedly remember him with a smile on his face. He loved sharing stories with his family and friends, and he especially loved making people laugh at The Chateau, his favorite place to frequent. John had a gift of remembering everyone he met, and he would always go out of his way to say hello to familiar faces, especially if it meant he could brighten their day with a punchline.

John will be greatly missed by his sons: John M Duffy, Jr. and his wife Kim of Pelham, NH, James H Duffy and his wife Donna of Mendon, MA, Stephen L Duffy and his wife Marianne of Waltham, MA, and Andrew P Duffy of Woburn, MA. He was also the beloved "Grampa" to his eight cherished grandchildren, Connor, Nolan, Lauren, Michael, William, Jack, Gina, and Fenton. John also leaves behind his siblings, Janet Maguire, Paul Duffy, and Alice Duffy; he was also the brother of the late Lieut. Lawrence R. "Larry" Duffy, US Army. His many nieces and nephews and his friends in Naples, FL., will also miss him dearly.

Funeral services and burial in Mt. Feake Cemetery, Waltham are private. John's family and friends will gather for a Memorial Mass at a time and date to be announced in Saint Jude's Church, Waltham.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Waltham Centennial Scholarship Foundation, c/o Rockland Trust, 75 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02451.

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Published in Naples Daily News from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2020.
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36 entries
June 3, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Duffy family.
Fran Freeman
Coworker
May 27, 2020
I feel like I just saw John on his front porch and we were discussing quarantining. so sorry for your loss. He was a lovely gentle man and my husband Joe and I will miss seeing him around Willow Street.
Carol DiFranco
Neighbor
April 30, 2020
John was a larger than life politician and devoted to Mary and his sons, grandchildren and his siblings. His Irish wit was great and quick. You never knew what he was going to say. He would often visit and he always brought smiles to our faces. He was very proud of the historical survey that they did of the Mt. Feake Cemetery. One day he took me on a complete tour of both City cemeteries. He loved the City and serving it. He made his mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Love, Jeannette
Jeannette McCarthy
April 30, 2020
John was a great man.always enjoyed our conversations.A big part of Waltham was lost with his passing.rest in peace.
Greg LeBlanc
April 29, 2020
I am so very sorry for the loss of this Waltham treasure. I appreciated John and his sense of humor and dedication to the city of Waltham. A great loss. My sincerest condolences to John's family. He is missed already.
Maureen King
Friend
April 29, 2020
I Send My Dearest Condolences To The Entire Duffy Family!!
Andrew Doyle
Family Friend
April 29, 2020
Dear Steve, Marianne, & the entire Duffy Family, So very sorry on the loss of your Dad. He was a genuinely nice guy & a true gentleman. We're very sure he's in the very best of hands & looking down with pride & joy at the beautiful legacy he left behind........
James & Debra Auld
Friend
April 29, 2020
Uncle John was an incredible man, he will forever be missed.
Dorothy Keane
Family
April 29, 2020
Paul Kane and I met John at the Leo J. Martin Golf Course when John's drive at the 11th Tee, a short Par 4, almost hit Paul standing right next to the Green. From then on the three of us became good friends and enjoyed many wonderful times. One of my favorite memories is when, the day before Paul's daughter's wedding, we were in a foursome at Ocean Edge on the Cape with Father Monan, the very well known former BC Dean who would be officiating at the wedding. Paul & I told John to be little careful with his constant stream of jokes. Well, he was at first, but Father Monan loved him and we had a fabulous time.
I will miss our wonderfully warm and charming friend!!
Marc Gordon
Friend
April 29, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Duffy family.

John will be greatly missed.
Ernie Rogers
Friend
April 28, 2020
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to John's family. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely,
Hank and Deb Ferris FOSP Naplesr
Hank and Deb Ferris
Acquaintance
April 28, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Steve. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
The sun was shining on your dad on this beautiful day of his service. May he rest in sweet peace.

Peace and light,
Joyce Mountain
Joyce Mountain
April 28, 2020
My condolences for your loss. Sending our best to all of you.

-Kevin Kmiec and Family
Kevin Kmiec
April 28, 2020
Rest in Peace Uncle John
Paul Duffy, Jr
Family
April 28, 2020
Mr. Duffy welcomed me and my wife and treated us as family from the moment we met him. We will always be grateful for our friendship and the smiles he brought to us each time we saw him. God Bless Mr. Duffy
ronald sansone
April 28, 2020
Jack,Jim,Steve & Andy
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He will be missed. My favorite memory of John, was when my husband Ed was alive and we would spend Christmas at my daughter's home, that's when your Dad's stories and jokes were non stop. The laughter was unstoppable and we didn't want the day to end!
To me that's a great memory for me.

Love Judy Daudelin
Judy Daudelin
Family Friend
April 28, 2020
Thoughts and prayers are with all the Duffy boys during this difficult time. Many fond memories with John as we were so fortunate to be included in many family events at Jim & Donna's. Love and peace to you all.

Chris, Kara, Lana & Eva
Christopher Kinback
Family Friend
April 27, 2020
Worked with John at FEMA. A true gentleman. RIP
Stephen Quinlan
April 27, 2020
The Duffy family is remembered in my prayers -eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and May perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace!
Bob Milani
Friend
April 27, 2020
R I P Old friend.
Leo P. Landry Sr.
April 27, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rosemary DeSalvatore
April 27, 2020
To the Duffy family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of John. We will miss John. Whenever we met he would always be cordial and express sincere concerns about us and our family. He made our visits to the Chateau memorable always ready with a smile and a story that always made us laugh.
Paul and Shirley Manganelli
Friend
April 26, 2020
We are so very sorry to hear. John and his late wife were the first people we met when we purchased the house across from them on Willow. The sweetest and caring couple. Since Mary's passing John would come over for coffee or to just say hello. We will miss his waving hellos, his beautiful smile, may he Rest In Peace. We will miss you neighbor.
Our deepest condolences to the family.

The Torcasio's (12 Willow Street)
Luciana, Angela, Valentina
Luciana, Angela Torcasio
Neighbor
April 26, 2020
I will miss John's friendship and his wonderful sense of humor. Condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace.
Bill McQuiggan
Friend
April 26, 2020
To the family of John Duffy,
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a truly wonderful man that I looked up to and admired. I treasure the fact that I could call him a friend.
He was truly a great human being and he will be missed by many.
God Bless !
Paul Douglas
Paul Douglas
Friend
April 26, 2020
Joseph and Rita Leblanc Sunoco want to offer our condolences to johns family and we will remember him in our prayers
Joseph Leblanc
Friend
April 26, 2020
Andy, Sorry to hear the loss of your father. May your dad rest in peace. To you Andy and your family you have now wonderful memory of your dad that you all will treasure. Take care Guido and Yolanda
Yolanda Guardascione
April 26, 2020
Stephen and family so sorry for your loss
John was a funny and sincere man he cheered every one up
At cardiac rehab at NewtonWellesley our 16 weeks of hard work and
Laughs and meet at the chateau will always remember the fun jokes
Rest In Peace my friend
Joe & Janice Rizza
Family Friend
April 26, 2020
God bless John and his family.
Joanne and Doug Pettengill
Friend
April 26, 2020
he was a good friend
James Regan
April 26, 2020
So sorry for your loss. John was a gift to our city. I will miss his wit, generosity and tremendous leadership. My prayers are with you all.
Jerry Walker
Friend
April 26, 2020
Our sincere condolences to John's sons, John, Steven, Jimmy and Andrew for the loss of your father. We have had some very special memories of Dad in Naples and know all of his jokes by heart. John has been a friend for many, many years. We've watched you boys grow into some wonderful men and you are certain a tribute to your parents, John and Mary.

Carol and Dick Oliveri
Carol and Dick Oliveri
Friend
April 26, 2020
We'll miss your smile & laughter and always miss your endless stories. We're happy to claim this Irishman as our friend. "Some day I'll see you in Fiddler's Green"
Steve & Geri O"Neill
Friend
April 26, 2020
John was a wonderful man who always made you feel special when you were with him.
He was so proud of all of you boys and your families. I see him now with Mary and know that you all have a new angel to watch over you. Wish we could give you a hug . Michael and I are praying for you all.
Judith Quirk
Family
April 26, 2020
I'm sorry I can't be there for your last goodbye. We had such great times when I visited. Breakfast at Dunkin Donuts, supper at the Chateau. Great times. Your legacy is embodied in your sons, their spouses and your grandchildren. Rest easy and sleep well. They made you proud.
Psul Duffy
Brother
April 25, 2020
Family and friends of John I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. I had just seen him a bit back at the Chateau.Johns family and mine go way back and it is all fond memories. He was a gentleman and I am honored to have known him all these years.
Bless you all
Clare Connolly Welch
Family Friend
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