Former Malden High School Asst. Principal Passes Away

Brendan Duffy, aka "Mr. Duff," was known as a no-nonsense, "old school" educator with a passion for his students.

Update: A wake will be held from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Spadafora Funeral Home. 

Original story: Long-time former Malden High School teacher and assistant principal Brendan Duffy, aka "Mr. Duff," passed away, the city's Facebook account announced late Wednesday afternoon:

"Generations of Malden High School students remember Mr. Duffy as a tough but fair teacher who demanded hard work and dedication and in return he earned their respect," the post reads.

"After hanging up his ‘walkie-talkie’ as Assistant Principal, Mr. Duffy served as the Educational Liaison to Mayor Howard where he helped the school system acclimate to the MCAS exam.

Today, his legacy lives on through his son Kevin who serves as the City’s Strategy & Business Development Officer in his Dad’s former office. Our condolences are with the entire Duffy Family at this time as we share in their sadness at the loss of this great man."

A number of former students have taken to social media to share their memories of the teaching veteran, with many noting the personal touch Duffy brought to the position. 

"He was the best!" Terri Gilligan wrote. "He was always there for us, always ready to listen when we needed him... You changed the lives for many of us, Mr Duffy and some of us would not be the people we are today if we had not had you in our lives- you will be missed."

"(I) had a bad moment one night in the early 90s when life seemed unbearable and i thought there was only one way out!," Clark Heighton wrote. "Mr. Duffy spent many hours on the phone with me that night convincing me that life was grand. For that i owe him my life. Thanks for all you did for me. Godspeed to you!"

"He was the cool guy," Mary Fougere-Broomstein wrote. "My heart is heavy."

"I loved this man," Patty Pontbriand Greene wrote. "He was a real man who was strong when the circumstance required it but kind and gentle to those who needed it. I looked up to him as a great male role model for all the young men passing through MHS. God bless you Mr. Duffy. Rest in peace."

Readers can share memories or leave a memorial message in our comment section, or upload pictures onto our memorial gallery. 

cornucopia foods September 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Talk about character!!!!! It's ashame that generation of upstanding human beings are being lost every day. We can thank those like mr Duffy for all the good things we have in this country today. I hope for every mr Duffy we lose there is another born on the same day. God I hope there are more mr duffy's out there!!!.
Bill Bowdridge September 06, 2012 at 09:39 PM
First let me say how sorry i am to have been told of this news,,, my condolances to Mr Duffs family.. As a grad student class of 1976,, i credit the person i've become thanks to Mr Duffy... till we meet again dear friend,,, always Bill Bowdridge
Maria September 07, 2012 at 12:45 AM
You will be missed Mr. Duffy and R.I.P. MY condolances to Mr. Duffy 's Family ..... I really enjoyed having him as my assistant principle Class of 86 great guy with lots of smiles ............. R.I.P. you will be missed , but will never be forgotten ....... Malden HIgh School Class of " 86 "
brendan l September 07, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Words can not express my heartfelt agnst I feel for the Duffy family's loss. Thank you for sharing him with us all over the years! I've heard stories from my older siblings of how tough he could be during the 80's when his students went astray. what a sense of humor he had buying an alarm clock for my brother who was always late. I personally was blessed to meet a legend 15 years later toward the end of his career. As a musician I still hold in my heart a compliment he gave me almost 16 years ago. When Mr. Duffy spoke it had meaning. The world is a better place for having him amongst it. Go with god my friend and receive the rewards in heaven you rightfully deserve for all those who's hearts you touched while here!
Richard A Boucher September 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Richard Boucher Malden High has suffered a great loss with Mr Duffy, I believe he tried to instill in all of us the true meaning of being an adult. Spent many days in his office, many days of hockey in the girls gym in the old school, but most of all he was always there for the students of MHS Blue and Gold, We will miss you very much but you did leave a lasting inmpression, Class of 1971


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