John "Jack" Duffy
John J. “Jack” Duffy Jr., 86, of Bay Shore Drive, Treasure Island, Florida, formerly a longtime resident of Margaretville, died Friday, March 6, 2009 in St. Petersburg General Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida. He was born September 3, 1920, in Rosendale, a son of John J. and Mary Heenan Duffy Jr.
He graduated from New Paltz High School in 1938.
A highly decorated World War II veteran, Mr. Duffy entered the United States Marine Corps on January 27, 1942, in New York City. He served throughout the Pacific Theatre of Operations. He was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart for battlefield heroism during several military campaigns. He was honorably discharged as a Gunnery Sergeant on September 19, 1945, from Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia.
Following the war, Mr. Duffy worked in the heavy construction business, primarily in the field of tunnel construction. Throughout his working career, he worked for McLain-Grove, Johnson Drake, Perini, Walsh and had last worked for the Roger J. Au and Sons. Jack was Project Manager on the New York City Water Tunnel #3 during the initial phase and supervised what was then a joint effort.
He married Thelma Cantwell on July 4, 1957, in Margaretville.
Surviving are two daughters, Ann Marie Fries and Karen J. Duffy of Kingston; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward J. and Gretel Duffy; seven grandchildren, John Smith, Jessica Smith, Deborah Fries, John Duffy, Jacob Duffy, Adam Duffy and Daniel Duffy; a stepdaughter, Karen Hennessy, of Delray Beach, FL; three step grandchildren; a brother, Father Jude Duffy, Cap of Beacon, NY and a sister, Eileen Hendrixson, of Treasure Island, FL.
He was predeceased by his wife, Thelma Duffy on May 21, 2006, two brothers, Frank Duffy, who died in 2007 and Captain George Duffy, U.S.M.C., who died in 1953,
His funeral services with full military honors will be held May 11, 2008, at 3 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, with his brother, Father Jude Duffy, who is a priest of the Capuchin Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis Order, officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.
Condolences may be made at www.scanlonfuneral .com.
Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Inc. , 9791 Main St., Croghan, NY 13327.