Thomas F. Duffy
September 10, 1933 - December 10, 2022
Thomas F. Duffy, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022.
He was born in the home of his maternal grandmother on Delaware Street, New Castle on September 10th, 1933 to the late Hugh E. and Agnes E. (McCaffery) Duffy. A 1951 graduate of Salesianum High School, Tom honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. Upon return from the service, he met the love of his life Vivian Garbatowski, whom he married in 1958, and they enjoyed 59 happy years together until her death in 2018.
Tom attended the University of Delaware, but ultimately received his college degree from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He was a long-time member of St. Michael’s Council 4548 Knights of Columbus. Tom was employed by Thiokol Corp. in Elkton, MD, retiring after 38 years. He also worked at Delaware Park as a mutuel teller on weekends for 22 years.
In addition to his wife Vivian and his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Agnes Duffy and Suanne Kaminski and her husband Frank Kaminski, and his brothers, Rev. Hugh E. Duffy O.S.F.S. and Lawrence Duffy. Tom is survived by his sister, Margaret Mary Duffy; children, Judith Ann Valladares, (Eduardo), Hugh Thomas Duffy, and Timothy Joseph Duffy; grandchildren, Marissa Valladares, Erin Duffy (Zach), Kerri Valladares (Eric), and Neil Duffy; and great grandchildren, Kannon and Kamri.
The family would also like to thank Christina McDermott and Angela Hughes who were wonderful friends of Tom’s in his later years.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11am on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.