John J. Duffy 5/19/1939 - 1/23/2013 Born in The Bronx, New York, the son of Felix and Nora Duffy and the loving husband of Eileen (Heron), John has found his eternal rest after a long struggle with melanoma. In love with his life and his work, he was until recently still to be found at his office at DLA Piper LLP (US) where he specialized in commercial real estate leasing. Previous to DLA Piper, he was a partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. He is survived by his stepson, Morgan Alexander of Casa Grande, AZ; his brothers Edward (Barbara) of Wauwatosa, WI and Patrick (Brigid) of Peekskill, NY; and his nephews and nieces: Lt.Col. Kevin Duffy, USMC of Carlsbad, CA, Jack of Somers, NY, Patrick of Mt. Kisco. NY, Joshua of West Allis, WI, Benjamin of Minneapolis, MN, Deirdre Benedict of San Leandro, CA, and Katherine and Nora of Wauwatosa, WI. Immediately after receiving his law degree from N.Y.U., John moved to Los Angeles and began his forty-year career as an attorney. Previously, he had earned a Bachelor's from St. Joseph's in Yonkers, NY, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and from there he returned to the Bronx and earned a Master's at Manhattan College. John's colleagues at DLA Piper expressed their sorrow at his passing with a heart-felt appreciation which read in part, "John earned a reputation of being one of the finest real estate lawyers in California. His strong intellect and passion for the law was tempered by the street smarts and instincts he gained growing up in the Bronx. As the son of an Irish bar and restaurant owner, he had a wonderful insight into the nature of people. Those who knew John could only smile thinking of him, as a young man, selling beer at Yankee Stadium. Living in the Bronx may also account for his great love of Hawaii, being in the sun and on the beach instead of the snow and slush of New York. Few lawyers in California could match John Duffy's skills as a lawyer; all would agree that there was no better person than John. He did not swear, was a devoted husband to Eileen (as John said, "the love of my life"), and could protect his clients without raising his voice, relying instead on logic and appealing to the other side's sense of fairness. Each time a deal was concluded, John's client, the other side's lawyer, and the other side had very positive feelings toward John as he established a framework for the transaction to proceed on a win-win basis. Those of us who had the privilege of working with John cannot recall him ever speaking negatively of others. He was also a wonderful mentor of young lawyers, instilling intellectual and ethical rigor through his own dedication to the law. Simply put, John was an elegant and decent human being with a generous spirit who was, and will remain, cherished by his clients and adored by his partners and co-workers. He, and the twinkle in his eye, will be missed by all." A scrappy guard on the basketball court, a genial bon vivant and a disciplined runner of a New York City Marathon, John became an avid Lakers fan but in baseball never lost his love for the Yankees and found his West Coast Rockaway in Manhattan Beach. Viewing from 12PM to 4PM, with a Memorial Service dedicated for the final hour, will be held at the White & Day Mortuary, 3215 Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA., on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. A New York Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sacred Heart School, 1248 Nelson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452 or the John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA. 90404.

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  1. Dear Eileen and all the members of the John’s Family,
    . I met John and Eileen during a sad time in our family. Their easy smiles and kinds words meant a great deal to all of us. John and Eileen traveled a great distance to provide this support and the kindness touched our hearts.
    I included John and Eileen in my daily Rosary when I heard about his illness. I admired the courage both of them needed to manage. You made a difference, Eileen. At John’s most vulnerable time he was not alone. You gave him the greatest gift of all. You gave him your love. I believe you will honor John’s memory, Eileen by living each day and remembering the love you shared. I believe John will ask Our Lord and the Blessed Mother to ease your sadness knowing how difficult it might be for you. They will say to John, “We will. She is special and close to Our Hearts, too.
    My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family and friends during this sad time, too.
    Maureen Zubrzycki (cousin)

  2. My condolences to the Duffy Family. To loose a loved one in death is never easy and death is an enemy that leaves a heart of pain and emptiness. However the Almighty God made provisions to undo the suffering, sickness, pains and to do away with death forever. Jesus Christ showed his power, care and love for mankind when he was on the earth. Very soon the fulfillment of God’s word will be realized, and all those asleep in death will be awaken to a life of perfect peace on a perfect paradise earth(John 5:28&29- those in the memorial tombs will hear the voice of his son Jesus and come out; Isaiah 25:8 – Jehovah God will swallow up death forever; Psalms 37:10,11&29- the meek and righteous one will possess the earth and live forever upon it). I hope these scriptures and wonderful promise from God brings you much comfort during this difficult time. Revelation 21:4-Gods promise that death will soon be no more.

  3. Eileen, You and all the Duffys’ are in our thoughts and prayers. John’s passing brings great sadness to everyone who knew him. Marge and I always enjoyed being with you both in Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. Daughter Jeanie and Son John enjoyed visiting you both in Manhattan Beach and having a fine Mexican dinner and some of the great red wine that Johnny always recommended! You are all comforted that he will not have to suffer any more!
    The Cronin Family

  4. Duffy was a great man. No
    one knew him without being better for knowing him. Him being an Irishman, it seemed appropriate
    to pass along a few Irish proverbs that he may have agreed with:

    1. A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.
    2. An Irishman is never at peace except when he’s fighting.
    3. There is no luck except where there is discipline.
    4. Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.
    5. It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.

    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

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