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OBITUARY: Brendan L. Duffy, 74

Army Veteran served in the 82nd airborne Division.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by members of the Duffy family.)

Brendan L. Duffy passed away on September 5, 2012. He was 74 years old.

Brendan grew up in South Boston and graduated from English High School. He was a longtime resident of Malden and lived in Tewksbury for the past 8 years. Brendan was married to Elaine (Sabadini) Duffy, his loving wife for 52 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cold War and served in Germany in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Brendan worked at Malden High School for 35 years, initially as a teacher of English and eventually as a Class Master/ Assistant Principal. He was first exposed to the luster of the MHS faculty when in the early ‘60’s, and while still in college, he attended meetings of the Good Reading and Discussion Group at the Malden Public Library chaired by Dr. John Bowman, Head of the MHS English Department.

Brendan also served as Advisor to “The Lion”, MHS’ creative writing magazine and The Maldonian, the school yearbook. He retired from MHS in 1998 and spent five years on the staff of Mayor Richard Howard of Malden. Brendan also became and adjunct teacher of Writing at Bunker Hill Community College.

In addition to his wife, Brendan leaves his beloved children, Marko Duffy and his wife Carla (Gasparello) of Tewksbury and Kevin Duffy and his wife Sharon of Malden. He was the dear brother of Denise Hirschmann and her husband Peter of Leeds, England and the late Dorothy Dutton, and Richard and Robert Duffy. Brendan was the cherished grandfather of Geena, Marina, Sophia and Kieran Duffy. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Hearts Church, 297 Main Street, Malden on Saturday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held from the A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home, 865 Main Street, Malden on Friday, September 7th from 3-8 p.m. Interment will be private.

Please omit flowers. Donations in Brendan’s memory may be made to Brendan Duffy Collegiate Scholarship Fund, c/o Malden High School, 77 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148.

Dominic P SETTEMIO September 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I am so sorry to hear this! The best of the best at MHS! My class master in 76. Great guy, Well Respected I can't say enough about him. R I P Mr Duffy
John Ioven September 07, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I agree. Definitely not enough words to describe this man. So sad to hear this. I am also from Class of 76 and during my high school years thought this man to be invincible. He was an educator in every sense of the word.
Pascale M. Guerrier September 07, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Pascale M. Guerrier Mr. Brendan Duffy, a great and beloved man. You will forever be in my heart. You were a wonderful teacher, advisor, principal and friend. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace with Christ.
deb September 07, 2012 at 04:53 AM
So very sorry to hear about Mr. duffy, or better known as mr d. I will remember him fondly. He was my VP in 78. What a great man. He taught me more than he will ever know. RIP Mr. d.
Nancy J. Carr September 07, 2012 at 12:24 PM
We, the Class of 1976 at Malden High School, were so lucky to have had Mr. Duffy as our Class Master... to the family, I am sorry for the loss of your good man. RIP, Mr. Duffy, we all loved you... Nancy Carr
Barbara September 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Mr. Duffy will be greatly missed, he was so good, made me laugh when I wanted to cry, he kept us going in the right direction despite the bumps along the way RIP Mr. Duffy you will be greatly missed. Barbara Rogers

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