Jack Duffy

  • Born: September 19, 1932
  • Died: April 12, 2014
  • Location: Springfield, Illinois

Staab Funeral Home

1109 South 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

staabfamily@staabfuneralhome.com
Tel. (217) 528-6461

Tribute & Message From The Family


SPRINGFIELD- Jack Duffy, 81, local singer and performer, took his last curtain call at 8:23 pm Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Jack, the adopted son of John and Agatha Dutkwise Duffy, was born on September 19, 1932 in Springfield.

Jack was a United States Navy Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He retired from the State of Illinois Departments of Mental Health and Public Aid as a unit supervisor with Department of Disability Determination Services. He was involved with local community theater for over 40 years.

Surviving are several cousins, Helen (F.M.), Thomas, Mary Ann and Michael Brownlow.

Private graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield Municipal Opera Association.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Still miss you Jack. What a friend you were to me from the day I met you back in the summer of 1971 at the Muni. Little did I know that you would become a life long friend. Love you. Mary Beth Maloney

Posted by Mary Beth Maloney - Jerome, IL - Friend   April 12, 2019

Jack was one of my supervisors while working for the state of Illinois. He helped me out quite a bit and was a very giving person. He came to my son's Bar Mitzvah and sang. It was beautiful and very meaningful to me. Rest in peace Jack you deserve it. You will be missed.

Posted by Harriet Josephson - Springfield, IL - friend and co worker   September 03, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the family. I did not know Jack that long, but in the time that I did know him he was a very good man. Most of our conversations did involve his theater performances and operas. Jack did know that I was a huge Opera fan and he did love to share his stories with me. To the family once again you have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Samuel Seaman - IL - Friend   April 28, 2014

Jack was my friend for 46 years. I will miss him. Love and Peace Mr. Jack

Posted by Mary C. Bonner - Springfield, IL - Friend   April 24, 2014

I met Jack when I was a 12 year-old in my first Muni show, The Most Happy Fella. Jack knew my parents, he danced with my Mom during study-hall at SCC. He played my Dad in Fiddler, he played my love in Brigadoon. He taught me about professionalism and joyfully sharing one's talents. He was a lovely, lovely man.

Posted by Ann Fisherkeller Borders - Decatur, IL - friend   April 18, 2014

Jack was my first boss at DDS, and then we were co supervisors. He was a good boss as well as friend. I took Jack to Joan Cazel's visitation in November, and realized how fragile his health was. We had a good chat that night. You have my deepest sympathy in your loss.

Posted by Mary Ann Sievers - Springfield, IL - friend and coworker   April 16, 2014

Jack was my first music teacher--at Ackerman Music in Springfield some 60 years ago. What fun he made of those lessons, especially when he sang along with a 10 year old girl who was struggling to read the music. He was and is unforgettable.

Posted by Linda Roberts - Springfield, IL - Former student   April 16, 2014

My condolences to the Brownlow family. Jack was wonderful man, a dear friend and quite the character. I will miss him greatly and am so honored that I had the opportunity to call him a friend for the past 43 years and especially the last 6.

Posted by Mary Beth Maloney - Jerome, IL - Friend   April 16, 2014


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