“Butch” Gerard Duffy
January 29, 1952 to November 17, 2013
It is with great sadness we announce the last bell has rung for Butch. He was born in Cornerbrook Newfoundland and moved to Prince Rupert 33 years ago where he served the community of Prince Rupert as a firefighter for 31 years.
Butch is survived by his
devoted and loving wife Kathleen; children Gerard,
Trevor, Janet, Erin; grandchildren, brothers and sisters;
brothers and sisters in law; nieces, nephews, cousins and many family and friends.
Butch devoted most of his life to helping others on and off the job. He coached the PR Minor Hockey of all age levels for many years. Butch was an avid Maple Leafs fan when everyone else had given up. He was a feisty hockey player with the Commercial & Old Timers hockey clubs in PR. He loved to play golf and he and his wife were lovers of RVing, traveling across Canada and the US many times over the past 18 years, where many a campfire song he sung while playing his guitar and serenading all those around. He and Kathleen loved to dance at many of the events and dances in Prince Rupert and were seen many times walking holding hands all over the city.
Butch and Kathleen moved to white White Rock area just 4 short months ago to be closer to the medical facilities while he battled ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) he passed away peacefully at the Peace Arch Hospice with his wife and family members at his side.
There will be a celebration of Life at the Elks Club lounge (White Rock) where he was also a member on Saturday November 30 at 3 p.m.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the ALS Society of BC in his memory. 1-800-708-3228 or 604-278-2257 or online at alsbc.ca