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In Loving Memory of Brian Joseph Duffy
1942 – 2023
Brian Joseph Duffy, husband of Caroline (Smith) Duffy, passed away at the Miramichi Regional Hospital, Miramichi, New Brunswick, on Friday, November 17, 2023, at the age of 81.
Born in the former town of Chatham, New Brunswick, on March 21, 1942, Brian Joseph Duffy was the son of the late John J. Duffy and Gladys (Rigley) Duffy. Prior to retirement, Brian worked with the Department of Transportation as a Purchasing Agent. He was also a former Town of Chatham Councilor. Throughout the span of his working career, he proudly served as a Volunteer Firefighter for numerous years. Brian was also a former School Board Member, Hospital Board Member, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3 Miramichi (Chatham) Member, and was enthusiastically involved with the Miramichi Special Olympics, and Miramichi Minor Hockey. He was also a member of St. Michael’s Basilica, and was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Colombus. Brian had a keen interest in the Duffy family genealogy. He was also the recipient of several prestigious Canadian governmental medals. Brian also understood the importance of being a blood donor and contributed to providing 128 units of blood over a period of 50 years.
Brian is survived by his wife Caroline of 56 years; as well as his special daughter, Karen, whom he adored. He is also survived by three sisters: Anne, Kathy, and Eileen. He was predeceased by both of his parents, as well as his only son, Jack in 2007.
By request of the family, there was no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael’s Basilica, 10 Howard St., Miramichi, on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at 2 PM, with The Reverend Father David Rioux as Celebrant. Music for the service was provided by Jacqueline Allain. The entrance hymn was "Be Not Afraid". The following hymns were: "The Lord is My Shepherd", "Hallelujah", "Come and Follow Me", "One Bread, One Body", "Ava" Maria", and "Song of the Angels", with the recessional hymn being "Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled". The Active Pallbearers were: John Knowles, Wayne Clark, Les Lewis", "Jim Lamkey", "Terry Jardine", and "Chris Lewis". Interment occurred in St. Michael’s Cemetery. A reception for all was held in the St. Michael’s Parish Hall following the interment.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Miramichi Special Olympics, The War Amps, SPCA, or to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements were entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, NB; telephone (506) 773-3492. Additionally, messages of condolence may be shared online at www.adamsfh.ca
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“A Retired Firemen’s Prayer”
When I was called to duty, God,
Whenever flames did rage
You gave me the strength to save some life,
Whatever been its age.
You helped me to embrace a little child,
Before it was too late,
And saved an older person,
From the horror of that fate.
You enabled me to be alert,
And to hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently,
I put the fire out.
I did fill my calling,
And I gave the best in me,
I guarded my every neighbor,
And protected his property.
And according to your fate,
I did not lose my life,
I thank you for your protecting hand,
So do my children and my wife.
-Alvin William “Smokey” Linn
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