OBITUARY: Joan M. (Clifford) Duffy, 92

Below is an obituary from George L. Doherty Funeral Home:

SOMERVILLE, MA — Joan M. (Clifford) Duffy, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville and Jamaica Plain, on June 9, 2021. A member of the Greatest Generation, Joan passed away peacefully at home with her loving son Paul and daughter Susan at her side, at the grand age of 92 years and 11 months.

She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph R. Duffy (WWll US Navy veteran) of Somerville.

Beloved mother of Susan M. Duffy of Wilmington/ Somerville and Paul C. Duffy (Somerville Police Department Ret.) and his wife Lisa M. (Christopher) of Wilmington.

Cherished grandmother of Paul C. of South Boston, Jacquelyn M. of Medford and Conlin P. Duffy of Wilmington.

Daughter of the late Patrick D. and Mary (O’Sullivan) Clifford of Jamaica Plain/ West Roxbury.

Dear sister of the late Mary Haley of Jamaica Plain/ West Roxbury, and the late Theresa Olsen of Lexington, KY. Survived by her cherished sisters Patricia Lorento of South Boston/ Holbrook, Noreen Bruce and her husband Robert of Hanover, and her cherished brother Dan Clifford and his wife Cynthia of Braintree.

Dear sister-in-law of the late Michael and Mary McGoldrick of Arlington/ Marlborough, the late Ruth Duffy of Arlington, the late Vincent Lorento of South Boston, and the late Alden W. Olsen of Lexington, KY.

A loving “Aunt Joanie” to so many wonderful nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She was a decades long dearest friend of Mary O’Grady of West Roxbury and the O’Riordan Family of Somerville.

With gratitude to the home health aides of ABC Home Healthcare of Stoneham, including Olyvia and Alison, but most especially Glenda, all of whom took such loving care of Joan these past four years which made it possible for Joan to remain in her own home with her daughter Susan.

Funeral Mass on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10:30 AM in the Church of St. Theresa, 63 Winter Street, North Reading.

Relatives and friends invited.

Calling Hours on Monday, June 14, 2021 from 4-7 PM at George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Square), Somerville.

Interment on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the Foundation Fighting Blindness (, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (133 Federal Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02110), or the MSPCA-Angell (350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130).

Joan M. Duff

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