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DUFFY, Patrick Dennis
DUFFY, Patrick Dennis of Palmdale passed away January 19, 2013. He was born on April 30, 1924, in New Albany, Indiana to Faith and Patrick Duffy. His love of basketball began when he played point guard for Jeffersonville High School. Though he was small he was fast and had a sure command of the floor. Patrick served in the Army during World War II. After the war he enrolled at USC where he met the girl of his dreams, Helen. After graduating with a BA in English literature and a Masters Degree in administration, they moved to Palmdale and began teaching careers. While at Sage School he coached a 7th and 8th boys basketball team. His team was undefeated for 2 consecutive years. He still fondly remembered every boy on his team and the time they spent together. Patrick continued to keep up to date with high school basketball in Indiana and closely followed Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers. Patrick took a sabbatical and returned to USC where he received a doctoral degree. He became Assistant Superintendent of Personnel in Palmdale School District. In 1976, Patrick and Helen hosted an exchange student from Norway, Kori Kvaerner. Dr. Kori Kvaerner still makes frequent visits to Palmdale to see her American parents. Patrick was a real intellect. He loved music, good literature, writing and a good exchange of ideas. Patrick is preceded in death by his mother and father Patrick Sr., and Faith Duffy, his sister Betty Due and his nephew Patrick Due. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen; his brother-in-law Jim (Linda) Lian, his sisters-in-law, Adele Alleman and Margorie Lian; his nephews Jim (Jill) Due, Dan (Susan) Due; Jimmy (Rose) Lian, Matthew (Rosali) Lian; Paul (Audrey) Sawaya, Chris (Jill) Lian, Fred (Kerrie) Lian; his nieces, Jennifer Lian (Ian Condon); Mary Ann Sawaya; Adele Sawaya, Sally Jadlowski. To quote Betty Stanley; 'He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has enjoyed the love of a good woman, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has left the world better than he found it, who always looked for the best in others and gave them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration, whose memory a benediction.' Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 565 W. Kettering St, Lancaster, CA 93534. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

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