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William Joseph Duffy

July 23, 2017 | Georgetown, TX

William Joseph Duffy, age 77, of Georgetown, TX, formerly of Wilmington, DE passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in St. David’s Hospital, Georgetown, TX.

Bill Graduated from Salesianum Catholic High School in 1958. He attended the University of Delaware and completed IBM Computer School in 1962.  Mr. Duffy was responsible for mail delivery and was a computer programmer for the DuPont Company, a computer programmer for General Motors and a computer programmer and systems analyst for Burroughs Corp. In all of the U.S. Burroughs Corp, William J. Duffy was chosen as one of twenty-one distinguished employees to participate in a think tank for the development of the original internet.  He was also Director of Telecommunications for the Siemens Corp. in Boca Raton, FL.

Bill played basketball and softball for the DuPont Co. He coached Little League Soccer and Basketball in Corral Springs, FL.  Bill enjoyed Deep Sea Fishing, Horse Races, playing Pinochle and Chess.  He loved music by Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac and Celtic Women.  He loved to vacation with family in Ocean City, MD, Disney Theme Parks in Orlando and Key West, FL.

Bill is survived by his wife, Suzanne R. Duffy of Georgetown, TX; daughter, Suzanne, “Susie” L. Bacci of Georgtown, TX; son, William A. “Billy” Duffy of Round Rock, TX; daughter-in-law, Theresa Duffy of Round Rock, TX; granddaughter, Casey A. Bacci of Austin, TX; grandsons, Malachi A. Duffy of Corpus Christi, TX, Owen J. Duffy of Round Rock, TX; brother, Tom Duffy and his family of Delaware.

A Funeral Service will be held Monday, July 31, 2017 at 1pm at Brandywine Valley Funeral Care, 412 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809, where friends may visit with the family from 12pm – 1pm. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Bill’s name to Delaware Humane Association, 701 “A” Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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  1. Dear Dad- Today I walked into a store with Mom in Berlin, MD. This song started to play: “Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers. I’ll always remember you playing that song to help wake me when I was a child. Was that you sending a hello to me today? I think so.
    … I want to thank you and Mom for the many precious memories you made possible in my life. From Our Delaware dinner trips to Mama Robinos with the Large Spaghetti Pot to family vacations in Ocean City, Md with Boardwalk moments and Thrashers French fries. On to sunny South Florida where I made friendships that have lasted a lifetime and the kindness, love and fun you showed all of them. To hilarious moments as both our car & U-hauls broke down as you were moving me to the University of Florida. I have sincere gratitude for you holding my hand, while providing unwavering love and support during those 3 difficult years of reconstructive surgery following my auto accident. I thank you for encouraging me to spread my wings & to become strong and independent as I made my first career move to Cape Cod, where I met John. Thank you for traveling at the speed of light from Maryland to Virginia to be there for the birth of your first Grandchild, Casey Anne. Thank you for the many magic moments you gave our family, especially the grandchildren, in Disney World. Thank you for encouraging my first privately owned yoga studio in Berlin. Thank you for joining Billy and I and our families in Texas, as our life was incomplete without you. Thank you for beautiful memories of your kindness to animals, especially all the kitties who became our friends, our Lakeway deer and Mr. Mummers! Here’s to bringing all of us joy and laughter and to “Never having a bad day!” I love you more than I can ever express and will miss you dearly. May you sail free and joyfully and know how deeply you were loved. Until we meet again, your daughter, Susie

    Suzanne "Susie" Duffy Bacci | July 29, 2017 at 8:16 AM
  2. Aunt Sue and family , We are so very sorry for your loss. We have such wonderful memories of Uncle Bill, and we will all miss him so much! We are heartbroken that we cannot be with all of you for the services, but we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Dawn, Chris, Eric, Carter, and Zachary

    Dawn Hartley | July 29, 2017 at 2:21 PM
  3. Our family’s connection with the Duffy family is a long one, as Gigi has been best friends with Mr. Duffy’s daughter, Susie, since 9th grade. Our families have remained very close through the years with Susie being “Aunt Susie” to our kids.

    Focusing on the happy times shared with Mr. Duffy, we fondly remember times spent with him such as the surprise anniversary party for him and Mrs. Duffy. Another fond memory is our trip to their home in Maryland, riding on their boat, and spending quality time together.

    Gerry enjoyed sharing some professional time with Mr. Duffy as well since they both worked in the telecommunications industry. Their paths crossed within the industry on several occasions. He was helpful in introducing Gerry to many of his colleagues at conferences and trade shows.

    The Christensen family sends our wishes for peace to the Duffy family.

    Love from Gigi, Gerry, Erik and Annika

    Christensen Family | July 29, 2017 at 9:57 PM
  4. As Suzanne’s friend, I had the pleasure of a trip to Galveston,Texas earlier this year with her parents It was such a joy to get to know Bill and Sue. I got a chance to understand their lifelong love with the ocean. Yes, it was only the Gulf of Mexico, not exactly the powerful Atlantic they grew up with but the sand, water, ocean breezes, sea birds, seafood and the atmosphere of a coastal beach were truly enjoyed by all. My favorite memory of that visit was seeing how much they both enjoyed our boat ride through the bay. Their connection between the two of them with the water and wind will be a precious memory for me. It was clear to me that Bill loved his brief visit to the water. For our brief trip, I knew he had always been fun loving, a bit of a trickster and a lover of life. Thank you Bill and Sue for showing me a small glimpse of the special couple you are. I send Love and Light to all your family and pray the next phase of you lives will be filled with beloved memories. Tish

    Letitia Latham | July 30, 2017 at 4:13 AM
  5. Pop pop, you were truly an amazing grandfather. I don’t know what to say other than you were very loved and are deeply missed. I will hold the times we spent together in my heart forever. Thank you for being such a presence in my life, we were so lucky to have you.

    I hope you have found peace,

    Casey | August 3, 2017 at 1:55 AM
  6. Pop-pop, I miss you so much!! I miss hearing about your adventures at the Delaney, I miss going out to celebrate with you, I miss your presence. You had such a profound influence on my life which I didn’t realize until recently. I love and miss you so much every day.

    I hope your having some delicious popsicles,
    Owen & Paloma

    Owen & Paloma | September 10, 2017 at 4:42 AM

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