James P. Duffy, 64
WORCESTER - James P. Duffy, 64, a resident of South Kingston, Rhode Island, and formerly of Worcester, passed away on October 10th after a year-long courageous battle with cancer.
He leaves behind his wife of 32 years Rosemarie, his brother Thomas Duffy and sister Katie Duffy along with several cherished nephews and nieces.
Jim was born in Worcester, son of the late Bill and Rita (Barrett) Duffy and was predeceased by his two brothers William and Stephen.
He also leaves behind his life-long and loyal friends Don Bullens, and Linda and Kevin O'Sullivan. Jim was raised in the proud neighborhood of Grafton Hill and was a graduate of St. Stephen's High School. He further attended Worcester State College and upon graduation he served for several years as the Director of Special Education at the Friendly House Neighborhood Center in Worcester and eventually became the Facilities Manager for Mass Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) and DENS Facility Services in Worcester.
He relocated to the State of Rhode Island in the early 1980s and soon developed an affinity for the sea. As a boating enthusiast, Jim became somewhat of an iconic fixture on the ocean waters in and around the Ninigret Salt Pond in Charlestown, Rhode Island, where he was usually accompanied by his three inseparable and endearing Maltese buddies Pal, Snowball and Whitey. It was during this time period that Jim befriended the Lowell, Finamore, Fusaro and Pascualano families and these wonderful people quickly became a cherished extension of his own family.
His love of life was truly infectious and the good times were uniquely enhanced whenever Jim was present. His immense generosity and never ending acts of kindness were immeasurable and left us all in awe and will never be forgotten. He was also an astute conversationalist with the innate ability for delivering arousing dialogue and he would never shy away from debating his passionate beliefs on any topic especially politics and sports! But his most important priority in life steadfastly remained his interactions with his beloved family and friends and catering to our needs and happiness. His capacity to give to others was without limit. His thoughtful and caring nature was frequently expressed through his unique culinary presentations and a carefully selected bottle of wine. Our lives have been forever enriched by his gracious presence and a void will always exist in our hearts by his passing!!!
His time with us solidifies the profound proverb that the true quality of a person's life should not be judged by how long we live but rather by how WELL WE LIVE!!!
There will be calling hours Monday, October 17 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in St. John's Church, 40 Temple St., Worcester. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South County Hospital Cancer Center, 100 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI 02879.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2016.