It is with much sadness that I learnt that Mr Duffy passed. Yet just thinking of him made me smile, bringing back many happy memories. Like the time when our family, mom and dad, Pierre with his wife and daughters and Anne-Françoise and her husband and daughters were near Ottawa for the summer and we spent a wonderful day with you at your cottage. I remembered the times as a teenager at St. Paul's in the 70s when Mr Duffy’s kind and understanding eyes smiled at one of my lesser moments, his words easing my pain and giving me hope.
I am very sorry for your loss and send you my love and prayers.
I well remember a PYPS Conference in Galt where Bill spoke directly to the heart of a young French
Canadian Roman Catholic student and also to me.
His clarity of thought about the importance of the gospel was very much appreciated.
He will be greatly missed by all of you.
May you know God's peace during this difficult time.
Although I did not meet Bill until 2000 I had heard much about his ministry at St. Paul's in Ottawa. Bill served the people of Amherst Island as the interim-moderator of St. Paul's on the Island. It was he who arranged for me to take over as the minister of St. Paul's, Amherst Island so I owe much to him. Bill loved to preach and enjoyed keeping in touch with the Island. The people appreciated his ministry among them. May Lois and their children sense God through the good memories they have and know that God is with them as they adjust to Bill's absence.
I am smiling as I remember Bill, and I think that would please him. But my eyes also are filling up with tears when I think of his family who will miss him so. May you all find strength and comfort in your memories, and in the sacred promises undergirding his life and work. He is gone from this world, but quite unforgettable to all who knew him. Glorify and enjoy God, forever, old friend.
Shortly after Linda and I moved to Ottawa in 1965, we visited St. Pauls' Presbyterian Church looking for a church home. As we were leaving after the service, Bill Duffy was at the door shaking hands with all his congregants. Recognizing us as new, he did not let go of our hands until he had introduced us to several members and invited us to the Church's Couples Club (the name changed later) which would meet in a couple of weeks. It was a group whose members were our closest friends for many years. We worked with Bill and Lois in a variety circumstances until they moved to Kingston nearly fifteen years later. I have considered Bill Duffy as a friend for over fifty years and have always seen him as one who served his Lord with all his heart. Rest in peace, dear friend.
My wife Elaine and I attended St. Paul's in Ottawa from 1975 until 1980. We led the youth group for a while and I think Karen was in it for a couple years., I often recall the sermon Rev. Bill preached about grace, faith and works from Ephesians 2:8&9. That sermon - and many others - opened my eyes to seeing scripture in a whole new light. That was the beginning of years of growth in my faith that is still going on. Thank-you Bill.
(We've been back in Ottawa for over 20 years. Now at St. Paul's Anglican in Kanata).
My fondest memory is of Rev. Duffy visiting my mother shortly after I moved her to a nursing home in Kingston. He visited her within a week of her arrival and demonstrated his own brand of God's love and compassion.