Edward J. Duffy a retired Boston Police Detective, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2021, at the age of 94. He was surrounded by all five of his children at the time of his passing. He was a loving father to Monica A. Norris and her husband, Thomas, of Milford, Connecticut, Kathleen Duffy of Dorchester, Edward J. Duffy, Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Canton, Patrick J. Duffy and his wife, Kathleen, of Scituate and Arthur X. Duffy and his wife, Kathleen, of Canton. Known as “Papa”, he was the cherished grandfather to his beloved Catelyn, who predeceased him in July of 2010, and is survived by Eileen and her husband, Matthew (Gallicchio), Matthew, Michael, Amanda and her husband, Brandon (Guastafeste), Teddy, Ryan, Conor, Megan, Micaela, Jimmy, Sean and his great-grandchildren, Madison and Finley.
Ed was the oldest of the eight children of Patrick and Annie (Doherty) who both emigrated to the United States from Carraig Airt, County Donegal, Ireland. His dad passed away in 1967 and his mother died in 1982. Ed is survived by his loving sisters, Julia “Nancy” (Hamilton), Ellen “Nellie” (Loomis), and Dorothy “Dotty” (D’India) but predeceased by his brothers James, William, John “Jack” and his sister Marion (Orlando).
He was also loved and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews who sought out their “Uncle Eddie” for his wise counsel and support.
Ed grew up in East Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from East Boston High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was a proud WW II veteran. Onboard his ship which was deployed in the South Pacific, Ed was known as “Stamps” since one of his many roles was being the link between his shipmates and the outside world, serving as the ship’s mailman. At the time of his death, Ed was proud to be the oldest veteran member of the John P. McKeon American Legion Post in Dorchester.
Certainly, a drawback of living a long life is that you lose many friends over the years. Ed has been reunited with his childhood and life long friends John “Jake“ Farmer and John McHugh, countless other friends from East Boston, the US Navy, the Boston Police Department, Dorchester, and of course buddies “from down the line” at Jeveli’s, the Eire, the ODP, and the Post.
After working at the Pepperell Mills Manufacturing Company in the accounting and treasury departments’ Ed joined the Boston Police Department in 1953 and was assigned to District 11 in Dorchester where he rose to the rank of Detective. In the early 70’s, he was reassigned to the Special Investigations Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from which retired in 1992, after 39 years of distinguished service to the City of Boston.
His final special detective assignment was residing “undercover” at Fuller Village in Milton, Massachusetts where he had lived since April of 2017.
His children know his days will now be spent listening to jazz, watching sports, reading the Boston Globe and Boston Herald cover to cover (twice - whilst clipping out important news stories) and of course dancing the night away with his beloved Doe!
Rest in peace Dad/Papa!
Visiting hours at the John J. O’Connor & Son Funeral Home, 740 Adams Street (near Gallivan Blvd) Dorchester, Monday July 12th from 4 – 8 PM. Funeral Mass at St. Ann’s Church, Neponset Ave., Dorchester, Tuesday, July 13th at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join in the festivities. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 360 East 10thAvenue, Suite 201 Eugene Oregon 97401. Interment in the Cedar Grove Cemetery Dorchester, Massachusetts. For directions, please visit www.oconnorandson.com
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