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“My deepest sympathy to the Duffy family. ”
1 of 36 | Posted by: Fran Freeman - Hyde Park, MA

“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...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Carol DiFranco - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Jeannette McCarthy - Waltham, MA

“John was a great man.always enjoyed our conversations.A big part of Waltham was lost with his in peace. ”
4 of 36 | Posted by: Greg LeBlanc - Waltham

“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...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Maureen King - Waltham, MA

“I Send My Dearest Condolences To The Entire Duffy Family!! ”
6 of 36 | Posted by: Andrew Doyle - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: James & Debra Auld - Waltham, MA

“Uncle John was an incredible man, he will forever be missed. ”
8 of 36 | Posted by: Dorothy Keane - Pelham, NH

“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...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Marc Gordon - Chestnut Hill, MA

“My sincere condolences to the entire Duffy family.John will be greatly missed. ”
10 of 36 | Posted by: Ernie Rogers - Lexington, MA

“We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to John's family. May he rest in peace.Sincerely,Hank and Deb Ferris FOSP Naplesr ”
11 of 36 | Posted by: Hank and Deb Ferris - Naples

“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...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Joyce Mountain - Waltham, MA

“My condolences for your loss. Sending our best to all of you. -Kevin Kmiec and Family ”
13 of 36 | Posted by: Kevin Kmiec

“Rest in Peace Uncle John ”
14 of 36 | Posted by: Paul Duffy, Jr - Pensacola, FL

“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...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: ronald sansone - mendham, NJ

“Jack,Jim,Steve & AndySo 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...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Judy Daudelin - Milford

“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...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Christopher Kinback - Lexington, SC

“Worked with John at FEMA. A true gentleman. RIP ”
18 of 36 | Posted by: Stephen Quinlan - Naples, FL

“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! ”
19 of 36 | Posted by: Bob Milani - Kennesaw, GA

“R I P Old friend. ”
20 of 36 | Posted by: Leo P. Landry Sr. - Waltham, MA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
21 of 36 | Posted by: Rosemary DeSalvatore - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Paul and Shirley Manganelli - MA

“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...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Luciana, Angela Torcasio - MA

“I will miss John's friendship and his wonderful sense of humor. Condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace. ”
24 of 36 | Posted by: Bill McQuiggan - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Paul Douglas - Waltham, MA

“Joseph and Rita Leblanc Sunoco want to offer our condolences to johns family and we will remember him in our prayers ”
26 of 36 | Posted by: Joseph Leblanc - Waltham - Friend

“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...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Yolanda Guardascione - Waltham, MA

“Stephen and family so sorry for your lossJohn was a funny and sincere man he cheered every one up At cardiac rehab at NewtonWellesley our 16 weeks of...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Joe & Janice Rizza

“God bless John and his family. ”
29 of 36 | Posted by: Joanne and Doug Pettengill - NH

“he was a good friend ”
30 of 36 | Posted by: James Regan - Waltham, MA

“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. ”
31 of 36 | Posted by: Jerry Walker - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Carol and Dick Oliveri - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Steve & Geri O"Neill - Naples, FL

“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...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Judith Quirk - Bridgewater, MA

“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...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Psul Duffy - Amelia Island, FL

“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...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, MA

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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.