Duff, Carl

November 9th, 2009

duffcarlCarl R. Duff, age 87, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of South Burlington and Barre, VT, died Monday, November 9, 2009, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA surrounded by his family.

Born in Holland, Vermont on September 5, 1922, Carl was the dear son of the late Edmund and Bessie (Patton) Duff. Carl was a Teacher and Principal in the St. Johnsbury and Barre Vermont School Systems for many years, retiring in 1984.

In his spare time, Carl enjoyed refinishing furniture, re-canning chairs, collecting antiques, and gardening. Carl will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, caring family man, and a good friend.

Carl was the beloved husband of 62 years to Joyce M. (Twiss) Duff, devoted father of Sylvia Rosenberger of Arkansas, Tina Astore & her husband Thomas of Burlington, MA, and Chris Duff & his significant other Tom Maranto of Medford, MA, loving grandfather of Adam Young, Alex Young, Jeremy MacLeod, Nicholas Rosenberger, the late Karen Yahara and Bryan Rosenberger, and great-grandchildren Henry Astore, Liam Astore, Mischika Yahara, Max Young, Alden, Elise, & Hannah Young, Emme Young, Sabin Young, and Madison MacLeod, dear brother of Clifford Duff, Floyd Duff, and Arthur Duff all of Connecticut, Veeda Cabana of New Hampshire, and Doris Clough of Florida, Carl is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, November 13th at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, November 14th, at 1:30 p.m. in the family lot at Hope Cemetery in Barre , VT. Immediately following the burial a reception will be held at the Hedding United Methodist Church, 40 Washington St., Barre, VT.

In lieu of flowers donations in Carl’s name may be made to the Carl Duff Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Chris Duff, 150 Park Street, Medford, MA 02155.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Duff, Carl”

  1. Bob and Joan Twiss says:

    We will always treasure many fond memories of times spend over the years with Carl. He did many fine things for family and friends. May he rest in peace. We send our deepest condolences to Joy, Chris, Tina, Sylvia and the family. Love, Bob and Joan

  2. David P. Roy says:

    My sincere condolences to Chris, Tina, Silvia and their Mom Joyce.
    Love David

  3. Daniel Thompson says:

    I took note of the obituary for Mr. Duff in today’s Burlington Free Press.
    As a member of Mr. Duff’s 5th grade class of 1971 I benefitted greatly from the encouraging demands he placed on every one of his students. He did this with a compassion that was never equalled.
    In my book, there was not a finer educator. He taught me effectively and challenged me at every opportunity. He had a unique ability to create a challenging environment for every student, regardless of abilities, in his class.
    I mourn your loss.

    Daniel Thompson

  4. Barb Farnham Hokanson says:

    I was greatly saddened to read of Mr. Duff’s passing in the Free Press this morning. I remember him as a very special teacher and friend. I was a student at the St. J Jr. High in the mid-fifties. May he rest in peace.
    Sincerely, Barb Farnham Hokanson

  5. Agnes Croft Sears says:

    Hi Joyce: I was saddened to read of Carl’s death in today’s Caledonian Record. I have many pleasant memories of both you and Carl at Lyndon Normal School (and/or Lyndon Teachers College). I lost my husband four years ago. It is not a fun time for you but you have a wonderful family and a host of friends to help you through the tough days ahead. Blessings – Agnes Croft Sears

  6. Bill Casey says:

    Dear Joyce and Family,

    As a fellow member of the Barre educational system, and a fellow member of the Barre Education Association, I came to know Carl as a very dedicated and very committed educator. Students whom I had in high school spoke very fondly of their memories with him in his classes at Lincoln School. I also came to know him as a very personable and very nice person. So it is with much saddness that I have learned of his passing.

    Carl certainly lived a very rich and rewarding life and is now at rest in the eternal peace he so well deserves.

    Mary’s and my sincere condolences to you.

    Bill Casey

  7. Betsy and Alan Hathaway says:

    Dear Joyce and family, We were so sad to hear of Carl’s passing away. We will always remember his wonderful sense of humor and his warm, friendly smile. May he rest in peace. It was so nice to get to know you both when you were living here in Burlington and miss you now that you are in MA.
    Love, Betsy and Alan

  8. Bob Farnham says:

    Was sorry to read of Mr Duff’s passing in the Free Press today. Mr Duff was one of the teachers who had a very positive effect on my life. He was my English teacher and Glee Club director at Danville High in the mid-50’s. The world of education was a better place when he was teaching. He will be missed.
    Had to double check my spelling and punctuation!!

  9. Sue Briggs Ranney says:

    Hi Sylvia, Mrs. Duff, Tina and Chris, I was so sorry to read about Mr. Duff’s passing in the Caledonian Record. He was such a nice man. Tina and Chris probably will not remember me but I remember the many fun times I had at your house with Sylvia. Mrs. Duff I still tell my husband about your delicious popovers you would make when I would eat over at your house!!!. Sylvia I would love to hear from you. My address is 481 Ranney Hill Road, Concord, VT 05824 or email: Again please accept my condolences.

  10. Susan Poczobut says:

    Joyce & family: Skip and I wish to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband & father. May your fond memories bring you peace and consolation.

  11. Debbie Lefebvre says:

    I was saddened to hear of Carl Duff’s passing. I knew both Carla and Joyce when they were loyal and regular customers at my store in South Barre. He always had a way of putting a smile on my face and he will surely be missed.

  12. Dave and Diane Ely says:

    Joyce and Family,
    We extend our deepest sympathies to you. It’s a terribly sad time for the family but you have many decades of wonderful memories to sustain you.
    I was privileged to know Carl in two different situations some 50 years apart from one another. I attended school in St. Johnsbury and was fortunate to have Mr. Duff as a teacher. All these years later, he and Joyce moved to Shelburne and I was lucky to reacquaint myself with Carl through the Shelburne United Methodist Church. He hadn’t changed a bit through the years. He was as kind, generous, gentle, and articulate as he was all those many years ago.
    A remarkable man has left his earthly journey after having an enormously positive effect on the lives of countless people.

  13. Phil & Dixie Soucy says:

    Dear Joyce, Sylvia, Tina & Chris, So sorry to hear of Carl’s death. We will always remember our wonderful first neighbor in St. Johnsbury. May you find comfort in knowing that we care & keep you all in our prayers. Our deepest sympathy in your great loss.

  14. Dana & Paula Cabana says:

    Aunt Joyce and Family,
    We are saddened for your loss and our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.Uncle Carl was a wonderful man ,he told lots of stories which we enjoyed hearing.We will miss him dearly.The memoriesof Uncle Carl will always stay with us.

  15. District Governor Bruce Bushey says:

    On behalf of District 45 Vermont Lions our deepest sympathy to all of your family.

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