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  • Robert Duffy


  • Posted Oct. 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM Worcester, MA
  • WORCESTER,MA  - Robert W. Duffy died at home on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 with his family at his side.


  • Mr. Duffy was born in Clinton, on May 9, 1928, the son of the late Ella Clara (Buckheim) Duffy and John Patrick Duffy. He served in the 58th Battalion of the U.S. Army after graduating from high school and was stationed in Kyoto, Japan. During his stay in Japan, he attended the Art Institute of Okinawa. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from a combined program of study at Clark University and the Worcester Art Museum. He received his master's degree in education from Worcester State College. He furthered his studies at Mass. College of Art and Butera College of Art. In 1963, he received a Ford Foundation grant in visual perception offered at Philips Academy, in Andover.

    Mr. Duffy was an art teacher in the Worcester Public Schools, including Burncoat Junior High School and North High School. Until recently, he attended the monthly retired teachers' dinner with Bernard Foley and Thomas O'Brien. This career allowed him to pursue his true passion, Plein- Air painting. He exhibited in area galleries and received multiple awards for his outstanding art technique. His work was published in the Atlantic Salmon Journal, American Artist and the book, "Drawing and Painting from Nature," in 1989.

    He was also an avid outdoorsmen and loved hunting and fly tying. He was a member of the New England Fly Tyers, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Indian Lake Water Shed Association and Wachusett Greenways.

He leaves his wife, Anna (Smith) Duffy; his children, Anne Pirani and her husband, Dr. Michael Pirani, Ellen Duffy-Friend and her husband, William Friend, Angela O'Connor and her husband, Patrick O'Connor, and Walter Duffy and his wife, Linda (Scola) Duffy; his grandchildren, Patrick O'Connor, Jacqueline O'Connor, Brendan Friend, Bridget Friend, Connor Friend, Joseph Pirani, Laura Pirani and Olivia Duffy; his brother, Edward (Babe) Duffy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, John Duffy, his wife June, and nephew, David Duffy, and his father-in-law, Dr. Maurice Smith.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Friday, Oct. 23, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove St., Worcester. Burial will be in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to VNA Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608.


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