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Peter Duffy

Peter Anthony Duffy

Tuesday, July 17th, 1956 - Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
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DUFFY, Peter Anthony -
Born in Dublin, Ireland, 17 July 1956. Passed on 9 June 2021, at home (suddenly, unexpectedly, and tragically). Peter's wife, Mary (née Williams) will be forever holding him in her heart, predeceased by his father (Owen A. Duffy), and sadly missed by his mother, June Duffy, Peter's absence will be felt by many friends, and his brothers and sisters: Owen (Vivian), Caroline (John), June (Dave), Michael (Dee), Sean. Peter's children will remember his lessons on life, love, work, ethics, and giving: Deirdre (Jay), Ben, Mike (Chantelle), James (Ava), Alex/Megan (Rhys), Liam (Sydney), Niall (supported by Althea). His many nieces, nephews, and their partners and children: Kevin, Nicole, Christina, Brenden, Michelle, Allison, Connor, Sydney. His grandchildren: Tristan, Lina, Aodhan, Savannah, Cash, Quinn, Benjamin, Ellanora, Lyanna. He was the primary carer for his mother-in-law, Janet Williams whom he has been providing support with increasing intensity. His presence will be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins both here, in Ireland and in the UK.

Born in the land he always considered his true home, Peter moved to Canada in 1969. Peter had a hearing loss his whole life worsening with each year. With a bilateral severe-profound loss, he faced many challenges educationally and socially growing up. He and his wife were learning ASL, giving him a break from the challenges of lip reading. His scholarly and professional successes included an invitation to Ottawa to sit on Senator Anne Cools Round Table Discussion contributing to creating and changing legislation regarding domestic violence and the rights of children. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Social Work at Ryerson (along with awards for excellence) and his Master Degree in Social Work at York University. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, devoted Manchester United fan, he was voted one of the top three marriage counsellors with his practice, Duffy Counselling Services. He enjoyed golf (he got that elusive Hole in One!!); his past times also including playing guitar, walking his dog, Fionn, adding detail to his carefully crafted train set up in the garage - and most recently, stuck in the house, he'd spend time 'puzzling', although he liked to be busy whenever possible. He loved camping, it was his solace.

He was a brilliant example what a friend, father, husband, son, cousin, and uncle should be. A decent, kind and loving man who gave "the best hugs". He was devoted to his family, to helping others, to giving his time and energy to others.
He was a bright force of goodness in this world. His family was everything to him. his friends an added bonus.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 2pm. Attendance is limited. If you wish to attend from a distance, please visit for information on the funeral livestream. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
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    Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 |
    Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
    St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
    903 Giffard Street
    Whitby, Ontario L1N 2S3
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    If you wish to attend Peter's memorial service from a distance, please join the family via live stream at on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 2pm.

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Posted at 03:12pm
Peter was the kindest & best of men and the legacy of love that he leaves behind is really all any of us can hope for. Siobhan, Laurence & Jo Duffy

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Elaine Davies, Jane Becksted, Rebecca Davis

Posted at 07:22am
Until you both meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand

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Posted at 11:30pm
To our cousin Peter from your Irish cousins. Colm,Yvonne and Ciaran Doyle (Auntie Kay Duffy Doyle) you will always be in our hearts.

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Darlene Bono

Posted at 01:10pm
My condolences to your family from Simply British Foods in Whitby and from Darlene Bono who was working at the Pickering Markets for SBF. It is truly with great sadness that we hear of your loss. May the Blessed Lord shine down upon you, give you strength in this time of sorrow.
On a personal note: I, (Darlene) am truly saddened to hear of Peters passing. Such a lovely man. I looked forward to seeing him almost every weekend for years. May all your cherished memories get you through this time of sorrow and grief. RIP Peter. God Bless.

Bob Sullivan

Posted at 10:51am
May his soul rest in peace with the Lord
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