Charles “Charlie” Duffy, Jr.

April 9th, 2014

Charles Duffy, Jr., “Charlie”, age 85, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at the Winchester Hospital on April 7, 2014.

Charlie was born on March 10, 1929, in Newton, MA; he was the beloved son of Charles Sr. and Mary E. (Canney) Duffy. Charlie lived in Newton before moving to Wilmington as a young boy where he was raised and educated. Charlie was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1947 where he met and later married his “high school sweetheart” Dorothea Froton also of Wilmington.

Charlie was inducted into the United States Army on February 27, 1951; he served overseas as a member of the 109th Infantry Regiment APO111 during the Army Occupation of Germany. Charlie received several commendations for his service during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 21, 1953, returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Charlie was very proud of serving his country, upon his return from active duty he joined the American Legion, VFW, and DAV, where he was an active member for many years. Charlie also marched in the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade for more than 50 years.

Charlie was a life-long member of the Tewksbury Wilmington Lodge of Elks and for more than 25 years was a cook at their annual family picnics in the Pine Grove.

In his earlier years, Charlie was an active communicant at St. Thomas of Villanova Church and a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington.

Prior to retiring, Charlie worked as a mechanic at the Highway Department for the Town of Wilmington for more than 30 years. Charlie was a “character” with a good sense of humor and made many friends at work throughout the years.

In his spare time, Charlie enjoyed attending and watching NASCAR Races, following all the Boston Sports Teams, and spending time with his family and friends.

Charlie was the dear father of James Duffy and his wife Barbara of Tewksbury, Karen Duffy Webster of Utah, the late Charles Duffy III, David Duffy and his wife Lynel all of Indianapolis, IN, Kevin Duffy of Boston, Mary Duffy and her wife Anne Cranshaw of Sherbourne, MA, and the late Michael Duffy of Portland, ME, loving “Grampa” of Lianne, David, James, Mark, Lynne, Danielle, Danny, John, Dylan, and Catherine, Great “Grampa Duffy” of Kylie, Cameron, Nicholas, and Colin, brother of Joseph Duffy of Wilmington and the late James Duffy, Uncle of Donna Luce, Diane Martin, Jay Duffy, and Maureen Beauregard. Former husband of Dorothea (Froton) Duffy of Indianapolis.  Charlie was also the long-time companion of the late Phyllis Campbell.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, April 16that 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 15th from 4-8 p.m. Donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Charles “Charlie” Duffy, Jr.”

  1. Gin Stanley says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very sad time.

  2. Bozo McHugh says:

    Sorry to hear about Charlie’s death. Ôur thoughts are with his family.

  3. Mark Madden says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss, I could go way back into the memory bank and recall some real fond memories Charlie was a tough hard old guy with a big heart I’m sure he’s in a better place now.
    RIP Charlie.

  4. Karin Murphy says:

    My heart goes out to all of you. Loosing a loved one is one of the toughest things we go through in our lives. Time and our fond memories do help. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  5. Leigh Webster says:

    I am sorry for your loss.

  6. Lori Zolla says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Karen Wood says:

    So sorry for your loss, its never easy to loss a love one. My thoughts are with Mary and Ann and rest of the Duffy family.

  8. Donald and Karen Gammon says:

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss Mary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

  9. Rick & Linda Friberg says:

    Dear Joe and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Sonny’s passing. I know how difficult this must be on you, if there is anything we can do please let us know. You and Sonny always had a special place in my Dad’s heart. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Linda Taylor says:

    Oh Mary! Such a dad. Katie and I both love that he brought you into this world. We love you!! We wish for you and your family to find many happy memories to celebrate the life of your dad and your time together over these next few weeks. With love and admiration – always.

  11. Colleen Melanson says:

    Mary and family, my heart goes out to you at this time,having recently lost my father I truly understand how you feel. The wonderful memories you have of your times together will fill your hearts with warmth and comfort.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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