|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1931|
|Death: ||Mar. 20, 1986|
Litchfield Park - Richard Duff, 54, an editor for Goodyear Aerospace Corp., died March 20, 1986, at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Mr. Duff, of Litchfield Park, moved to Arizona 18 years ago from Ohio where he was born. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a graduate of Kent State University and a member of the Masons, Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi Fraternity, Church of Litchfield Park, Litchfield Library Assocation and the Goodyear Golf and Country Club. Survivors include his wife, Julia; son, Richard Gregory "Greg"; and parents, Sarah and Charles Duff. Memorial services will be a 11 a.m. Wednesday at his church, Litchfield Road and Fairway Drive. Botimer Family Mortuary made arragements. Memoral contributions may be made to Cultural Arts Society West of Litchfield Park.
Saying a final goodbye to a good friend
By Bob Jackson, Editor
Saying goodbye to Dick Duff has been hard for me to do.
The trash basket beside my desk is now full from crumpled beginnings to this column, which I have put off writing until now, because the wording just doest seem appropriate.
I could werite that Dick Duff was a man who cared about people, who was extremely intelligent, who had a wonderful sense of humor, who loved and was loved by the community.
All of that would be true, but it would only be a superficial listing of what type of person Dick Duff really was. It would take too many words to paint a proper picture. There is only one accurate description I can think of.
Dick Duff was a gem in the ring of humanity!
Unfortuantely, there aren't more people likc Dick.
The world has become a better place because of him. Through his work with the Cultural Arts Society (CAS/West), he brought our communities a form of entertainment which, for a few precious fleeting moments, allowed us to laugh and eenjoy together.
Because of his courage in facing a disease that was gradually taking over his body, those who knew him have grown stronger with-in. His sense of humor ever present, ofter drew smiles from the many faces of people he associated with.
If he had one fault, it was that he cared too much, and that is why it hurts that much more to say goodbye this one last time. It is rare to come across a person who generated such warmth, and we selfishly expect that they'll always be there, to share that warmth with us.
And in the end, that is the final lesson Dick Duff has taught us; that forever lasts for but a few moments, that there are no guarantees, and that live is a precious gift to be used to the fullest and not wasted. It is a gless I shall never forget.
Goodbye Dick Duff, and thanks for sharing those moments with us.
Editor's Note: Services for Dick Duff will be conducted Wednesday, 11 a.m. at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield Park, Maricopa, AZ
Charles George Duff (1902 - 2000)
Sarah Morrall Duff (1903 - 2008)
Church at Litchfield Park
Created by: Peggy Munson
Record added: Jun 08, 2008
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