Peter C. Duffy, Age 86 of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Loving husband of Mickey. Dear father of Kevin and the late Karen, Mary and Therese Duffy. Cherished papa of Madeline Duffy. Loving brother of the late Ann Louise Gervasi. Brother in law of Tony Gervasi. Uncle to several nieces and nephews.
Pete grew up on Detroit’s eastside in the family home where he was born. The home’s backyard would be transformed into a skating pond every winter, making Pete the envy of the neighborhood. He had hockey skills, but Pete’s favorite sport was football. He attended St. Bernard’s Catholic School for twelve years where he captained some respectable teams on the gridiron. He’d also been an altar boy.
Immediately upon graduating high school, Pete joined the U.S. Navy where he toured the Pacific for four years during the Korean War. Ever inscrutable, and a devout catholic, Pete followed his call within the Carmelite Order of Brookline, MA for two years before returning to Michigan.
Pete enrolled at Michigan State in Business Administration. He then worked within the Social Security Administration for more than 30 years before retiring in 1988. It was between his days at MSU and the start of his career that he met and married Mickey.
Together, Pete and Mickey raised two children to adulthood, and along the way collected many friends and happy memories. They’d taken up tennis in their 30s and much of their social life outside of family centered around the game. Pete continued to play for more than four decades until he could no longer hold the racquet firmly. He remained a fan of all sports and could often be seen in the stands, behind the fences, or along the sidelines at various games, matches, and events. He was a great supporter of local high school sports and rooted for both South and North depending upon whose kids happened to be competing.
Pete will always be remembered for his sense of humor and contagious laughter.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12 noon at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI with an instate at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow mass and military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology HFHS, Philip C. Hessburg M.D. Endowed Lectureship, 15415 E Jefferson Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, (313) 824-4710. You may also visit henryford.com/giving and designate your gift be directed to the Philip C. Hessburg M.D. Endowed Lectureship.