Matthew William “Matt” Duffy
Matthew William “Matt” Duffy, age 52, formerly of Newark, DE, and most recently residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2023.
Born in Wilmington, DE, in July of 1971, Matt was the beloved son of William “Bill” Duffy and the late Eileen Duffy. Growing up in Newark, DE, alongside his elder brother, Patrick Duffy, Matt was a proud graduate of Newark High School’s Class of 1989. With a talent for the trade, Matt became a master electrician, but it was his infectious enthusiasm for Philadelphia sports and his role as a devoted father that defined him.
Despite facing personal challenges with addiction, Matt’s affection and gratitude for his family remained unwavering. Treasured memories were created as he took his children to their grandparents’ beach house every summer weekend, teaching them to fish, tube, and find humor in the simplest moments. A visit to the Phillies games or the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk with his children was always an event, with Matt braving rides despite his weak stomach, just to see them smile. Sundays were reserved for Eagles games, a tradition he cherished with his father. Growing up, and even in his adult years, he enjoyed snow skiing, roller skating, fantasy football, playing the electric guitar, and his PlayStation.
His charm, wit, and intellect were unparalleled, leaving a void in the hearts of numerous friends and family. Now in eternal rest, Matt is reunited with his mother, Eileen Duffy, in Heaven. He leaves behind his father, Bill Duffy; children, Ashley (Cole), Trevor, Rachel, and Kaydence; grandson, Luke; brother, Patrick Duffy, his husband Juan and their four children; loving girlfriend, Kelly Ferguson; and a host of aunts, cousins, and friends.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 10 am on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a celebration of Matt’s life will begin at 10 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE, where Matt will be laid to rest close to his mother.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Matt’s memory to atTAcK addiction, P.O. Box 36, Bear, DE 19701 or online by clicking here.