George Duffy

Obituary of George Duffy

George J. Duffy, 86, of Pompton Plains, formerly of Hackensack, died Sunday, October 1, 2017 at home in the care of his family.

Born in New York City, George was one of three children born to James and Katherine Duffy. George was raised in the Bronx, where he attended All Hallows High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree at Fordham University before enlisting in the Navy. Returning home, he entered St. John's University Law School.

Through friends, he was introduced to Alice Lang. The two fell in love, and in 1956 they married. The couple settled in Brooklyn to live closer to St. John's, but moved to Hackensack in 1961 when George secured a job with a law firm in Hoboken which later became known as Baker, Garber, Duffy, & Baker.

George was a talented lawyer and dedicated to his profession, specializing in Maritime and Negligence law before focusing on Personal Injury later in his career. He served for many years as the President, National Governor, and Dean at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) of New Jersey.

Throughout their married life, and especially in retirement, George and Alice enjoyed traveling the world. They were able to visit the faroff lands of China, Thailand, Singapore and Australia, extensively traveled throughout Europe, and explored the great and varied terrain of North America, especially enjoying the southwest and Alaska.

George was a history buff, and voraciously read books all about World War II. He also greatly enjoyed cooking, old movies and jazz.

Nothing brought George more joy, though, than being with family, especially his grandchildren, whom he cared for greatly. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 61 years, Alice; his children, Lee Ann Duffy, Christopher Duffy and his wife Debbie, Andrew Duffy and his wife Holly, and David Duffy and his wife Johnna; as well as his 10 wonderful grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A brief service will be held just before 2 pm to celebrate George's life. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory to the American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the Duffy family.