1955 - 2021
Wayne Thomas Duffy, 66 of Oak Island, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Born in Warner Robbins, Georgia, he was the son of the late William Henry Duffy and Lillian (Bandone) Duffy.
Wayne grew up in Cromwell, Connecticut and after graduation from Cromwell High School, Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following retirement from the Navy he became a liaison for the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas where he resided for over 25 years.
Upon his full retirement, Wayne relocated to Oak Island N.C. to be closer to his family. Wayne loved fast cars and faster motorcycles; however, his passion was his beloved 1965 GTO convertible and 25-foot Boston Whaler. Most of all he loved hosting his family at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas. The week-long "boys' trip" included his brothers, his beloved brother in-law Paul and nephews. The annual retreat included non-stop banter on the golf course, offshore fishing and always the "see who could get thrown off the go-kart track first " competition. Wayne would always win! There were endless Hearts card games which was the family favorite for cards night. The first night of the retreat included the highly rated four-star pasta and endless sausage and meatballs meal, which Wayne prepared with great delight for his family. Wayne's other passion included cooking and baking. He was an excellent cook, preparing Gumbos, Shrimp Scampi, Cheesecakes and 6-layer Chocolate cakes. No one could make a Coca-Cola Ham like Uncle Wayne.
In addition to his military service, Wayne volunteered at the Brunswick County COVID vaccine station, and is a testament to his strong conviction to protect his family, community, state, and nation.
Wayne is survived by his four siblings, Elaine Duffy Gayeski, (Paul) of Colchester, CT., William D. Duffy (Sue) of Tacoma, WA., Shane M. Duffy (GiGi) of Colchester, CT., and Christopher K. Duffy, (Michele) of Greensboro, N.C., eight nieces and nephews and one great niece and one great nephew, and extended family on Oak Island. Beyond his 6' 3" frame, Wayne truly was a large presence in our family, as he was with his friends and community.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wayne's favorite charity; RE-store Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com. Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.
the Hartford Courant - July 20, 2021