WORCESTER- William Duffy, 82, of 21 Middlesex Ave., a retired Worcester deputy fire chief, died Thursday, Nov. 21, in UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus after a short illness.
His wife of 29 years, Rita (Barrett) Duffy, died in 1973. He leave four sons, William Duffy Jr. of South Yarmouth, James Duffy of Charlestown, R.I., Stephen and Thomas Duffy, both of Worcester; a daughter, Catherine Duffy Olson of Worcester; two brothers, Peter and Gerald Duffy, both of Worcester; two sisters, Eleanor Duffy of Worcester and Sister Kathleen Duffy, S.S.J., of Uxbridge; his longtime companion, Mary Foley Gray of Auburn; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; nephews and nieces. Five brothers, John, Robert, Raymond, Paul and Richard F. Duffy, and three sisters, M. Ursula Shea, Marjorie Norgoet and Grace Dawidczyk, predeceased him. He was born in Worcester, son of John and Grace (Horan) Duffy. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a first sergeant in Europe and participating in the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. Duffy was deputy chief of the Worcester Fire Department, where he served 36 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Stephen's Church, its Restoration Committee, the Emerald Club, Green Hill Golf Club and the Retired Worcester Fire and Police Association.
The funeral will be held Monday, Nov. 25, from Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Stephen's Church Restoration Fund, 16 Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604; or to Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040.