Known to her friends as “Jinxie”, Jane Duffy, formerly of Lunenburg, lived 96 years to the fullest until her peaceful death on September 23. 2021. Jane played the hand life dealt with resiliency and a positive attitude. While it is impossible to capture a life that spanned almost a century, it’s easily appreciated that Jane’s bright spirit left an indelible mark. Dedicated to enriching the lives of her family and many friends, she was especially the champion for her 2 sons who suffered from severe mental illness. Her caring spirit also extended to helping youth attain high school education and jobs. As her many friends can attest, Jane was fun, informed, and youthful right up to the end and cherished her many friendships. Born in Washburn, Maine in 1925 she spent much of her childhood in North Brookfield, Massachusetts with her parents Clarence Wight, the town dentist and Mae Wight and sister June Wight Mason. Jane earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Simmons College in 1947, where she earned the name “Jinxie’ for her YOLO spirit. In college she met her life partner Pete (Francis Varley) Duffy a student at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. They were married in 1947 and traveled across coasts while Pete served in the Navy. Pete’s career in sales resulted in multiple moves and they eventually settled in Leominster, MA spending summers on Bournes Pond looking out on Vineyard Sound in East Falmouth, MA. During her busy life as the mother of 5 children, Jane was active in community organizations, including the League of Women Voters, and the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Jane received a Master degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State College and volunteered in the Leominster school system. For 18 years she worked at the Leominster Multi Service center where she directed Project Youth, assisting area youth to obtain education and career paths. For this work she was awarded an Unsung Hero Award from Fitchburg State Community College. Jane’s success with Project Youth exemplified her generosity and belief in individual’s potential for achieving success in life. Jane had a gift for listening and nurturing and will be missed by her many friends and surviving children: Peter Duffy and wife Celeste (Sena) of Falmouth MA , Susan Duffy and husband Paul Gordon of Barrington, RI ,James Duffy and wife Cynthia (Smith) of Newton, MA and 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, Shana Sylvester and husband Devin Sylvester of Winter Park Florida and children Josie (8) and Wyatt (6), Ian Duffy of College Park, Florida, Matthew Gordon and wife Janice (Jones) of Winter Park, Florida and children Callie (3) and Clarkie (2), Caroline Gordon of New Haven Connecticut, Owen Gordon of Barrington Rhode Island, Rebecca Duffy Wingerter, husband Andrew Wingerter and son Rory ( 6 months) of Providence , Rhode Island, Will Duffy, Lucas Duffy, Sam Duffy, and Jack Duffy of Newton MA. We have faith that Jane is now free from pain and enjoying a glass of wine and laughs with friends marked by her sparking blue eyes and bright smile!
A celebration of Jane’s life will be held on Friday, October 8 at Richardson Funeral Home,106 West St., Leominster MA at 11 am, followed by a gathering at Brady’s Restaurant, 37 Mechanic St, Leominster, MA. Calling hours in the funeral home are Thursday evening, October 7th from 5-7pm. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net
In Lieu of flowers please make contributions to Tower Hill Botanical Garden https://purchase.towerhillbg.org/Donation.aspx?C=THFND, or National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts https://namimass.org/
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