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John M. Duffy


 John M. "Jack" Duffy, 91, of Topsfield Road, Ipswich, died Friday, August 20, 2010 in the Caldwell Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center following his extended illness.

Born in Lynn on December 24, 1918, son of the late James H. and Winifred M. (Maroney) Duffy, he graduated from Lynn English High School in 1937 and from Harvard College in 1941, majoring in history and minoring in electrical engineering. During World War II he served in the Army Signal Corps and was part of the Normandy invasion as a communications specialist. To complete his tour the Army sent him to White Sands Proving Ground, NM, where he worked with Dr.vonBraun during 1946-47.After the war, he taught math at Lynn English High. He later joined Varian Associates as a electronics engineer. Jack  then worked as a satellite tracker for Lock-Martin in Greenland , California and New Hampshire.

He was an active member of the Northshore Unitarian-Universalist Church in Danvers, serving on the church board for five years. All his life he remained an energetic mountain climber, sailor, environmentalist and photographer.   New England was perfectly suited to those interests.  He climbed the White Mountain Range many times, sailed off the Massachusetts coast, hiked in Essex County, studied the flora and fauna.  He wrote poems about his observations. And with his camera he chronicled family and friends and his environment.

He is survived by his nephew Owen Ferrini of Gloucester, and three nieces: Jane Beswick of Lexington, Sheila Ferrini of Chelsea, and Martha Harpin of Ruckersville, VA, his grandniece Carrie Ferrini, grandnephews  Ben Ferrini and Matthew, Mark and Michael Harpin. He  was predeceased by his brother Jim Duffy and his sister Peg Ferrini

A memorial service will be held at the Northshore Unitarian-Universalist Church, 323 Locust Street, Danvers, on Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Essex County Greenbelt Association, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA 01929.

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