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Joseph Duffy

Joseph Thomas "Todd" Duffy

Saturday, February 17th, 1951 - Monday, February 1st, 2021
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Joseph “Todd” T. Duffy, 69, a retired Byram Township Police Detective, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2021 at home in Vernon, NJ, while holding the love his life’s hand. He fought a 5-year courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Todd was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY on February 17, 1951 to Joseph and Joan (Paul) Duffy, and has been a part of the Beaver Lake, Franklin, NJ, community since his childhood. He proudly served in the United States Coast Guard from 1969 - 1975. Todd is a graduate of St. John’s University and American Academy McAllister Institute, becoming a third generation Funeral Director joining the family business at Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY. In his mid-thirties, Todd made the decision to follow his dream of working in Law Enforcement. He was hired as a Byram Township Police Officer in 1988, and promoted to Detective in 2003. During the last 20 years of his career, Todd was the D.A.R.E. officer and ran the program since its inception. He was and still is affectionally referred to by his students as “Officer Duffy”. After 25 years of dedicated service to the Township of Byram and its residents, Todd retired on December 31, 2012 to travel with his wife, Jennifer, and enjoy spending time with his family, beloved grandchildren, and the lifelong friends he made throughout his life.

Todd was a devoted and loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and an adored friend, respected and loved by everyone who crossed his path. Along with spending time with his wife and family, he enjoyed music, golfing, fishing, riding his mountain bike, hunting at the family farm in Pennsylvania with his brother and a few of his close friends, history (especially anything to do with the Civil War), and watching American Pickers. Todd was selfless, always putting others first, and spent a lifetime being a dedicated volunteer helping others in his community. To name a few of his volunteering efforts, he was a lifetime member of the Lakeland Emergency Squad, a member of PBA 138 where he served on the board and volunteered at countless functions, coached his daughters softball teams, volunteered time at numerous fundraising events, assisted search and rescue immediately after 9/11, and continued to volunteer after his diagnosis of ALS until his body no longer allowed him to at a local hospital, nursing home and the Salvation Army. Many gave him thank you cards, notes, and drawings expressing their appreciation for his kindness and support throughout the years. They meant so much to him that he saved each one of them and would re-read them often.

Unfortunately, in 2016 Todd was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He battled with grace and dignity, never once losing his well-known positive outlook. He maintained his zest for life and adapted as needed over the years to make the absolute best of it all, 100% of the time. In true Todd fashion, as an inspiration to all, he focused solely on the good in an otherwise dispiriting situation. When he was told of his diagnosis he never asked why me, just the opposite, why not me. He participated in programs to do all he could to assist those researching the illness, hoping his part would help find a cure, saving others from this dreadful disease.

Todd is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer (Cousin) Duffy; his daughters, Dana (Duffy) and Reggie Ingram of Middletown, NY, Kimberly (Duffy) and Eric Travieso of Martinez, CA; his stepdaughters, Hunter Bisanzio of Wayne, NJ and Alexandria Bisanzio of Vernon, NJ; his grandchildren, Jeter, Jackson, and Brooklynn Travieso of Martinez, CA; his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Joanne (Thees) Duffy of Naples, FL; his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara (Duffy) and Robert Regal of Armonk, NY; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and countless friends who became family. Todd is predeceased by his father, Joseph G. Duffy, Jr; and his mother, Joan (Paul) Duffy.

Due to Covid, services will be private. They will be live streamed on Facebook through St. Francis De Sales Church in Vernon, NJ, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday February 15, 2021.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life in Todd’s honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of his favorite charities or to Project ALS has raised over $70 million for research. Their hallmark is collaborative ALS research, researchers who once worked individually, now work together towards a shared goal. Private cremation services under the direction of Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, N
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    St. Francis de Sales RC Church
    614 Rt . 517
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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    Rev. Christopher Barkhausen


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Robert Walker

Posted at 08:48am
Until Valhalla my oldest friend.

Charlotte Gorun

Posted at 12:25pm
We met thirty eight years ago through our children, watching them grow as well as our friendship. May you rest in the arms of God as your new journey begins. To the Duffy sincere sympathy. May the sweet memories you have help you through these difficult days.
Charlotte Gorun

Dennis Michalak

Posted at 06:52am
Joe's photo can be found under the word "happy"in the dictionary. Never a dull moment. Always a happy person. Selfless. The consummate adventurer, An inspiration to everyone experiencing difficulties. A loving husband to Jen. I am blessed to have been part of his journey. My friend forever.

walt kerner

Posted at 09:13am
feeling so sad for your family but true happiness for you that you are now in heaven in a spot with our Lord that you so truly earned during your time here. you were and always be an inspiration to everyone that knew and loved you. our high school has another bright star that we will always be proud of. though too many years have flown by , the brotherhood and memories of serving on Lakeland Squad will never be forgotten. your family will take comfort that you were loved by so many people and an inspiration to us all. Fair seas and may the wind always be at your back and the sun always shine on your face, now that you’ve crossed the bar.

Eskil S. "Skip" Danielson and Judy

Posted at 05:59pm
Jen and Duffy Family: The picture above says it all. Not a thousand words but literally thousands of words. A "Gentleman" and a gentle man. He demonstrated that he was a man of his word. While teaching CPR to lifeguards at Beaver Lake is when I recall first meeting "Todd." It was a brief, casual experience that I had all but forgotten until he appeared for an interview for police officer. Todd thoroughly performed his duties. His USCG training gave him a coolness that put people at ease be they in trouble, ill or just in need of a handshake. On Lakeland, he was a natural when conducting the business of the squad as president. We missed him when he had to take a leave to attend to the Duffy family business and we were glad to see him return.
Respected and respectful. A cool man who exuded warmth.
To Detective Joseph T. "Todd" Duffy: "Hand Salute!"
Chief Eskil S. "Skip" Danielson, retired, Byram Township PD/Past Chief, Lakeland Emergency Squad

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