ORVILLE ANTHONY (O.A.) DUFFY

Posted On August 25th, 2013 -

ORVILLE ANTHONY (O.A.) DUFFY 1933 – 2013 Duffy, as everyone who knew him called him, was born on June 15, 1933 in Carthage, Illinois. He died from complications of a stroke on July 14, 2013. His father, Charles, died when Duffy was just two. He was raised – and spoiled – by his mother Margaret, and two older sisters. He is survived by sister Pauline Meissner, nephews Wayne and Mark Hamman, nieces Peggy Mabry and Cathy Siska, and eight great nieces and nephews. Duffy graduated from Carthage High School in 1951 and from Denver University with a B.A. degree in 1955. Soon after graduation, he joined the Navy to see the world – and wound up stationed in Hawaii. The Aloha Bug was firmly implanted. After his two-year Navy stint, he returned home and worked in television production at stations in Midland, TX and Colorado Springs, CO. But by 1960, The Bug became irrisistable, and Duffy moved to Honolulu. He worked in the early days of KGMB-TV in various news broadcast positions and eventually as a program and commercial producer. Advertising agencies were getting into providing TV commercials and campaigns for many major clients, so, in 1968, Duffy joined Lennen & Newell Pacific ad agency as a Broadcast Producer. He remained there – through four agency name changes – (none of which, sadly, included his name) – until 1984. In later years, Duffy worked and volunteered in various computer and research projects at Bishop Museum. He was a member of the Honolulu Church of Religious Science. He also volunteered at Manoa Valley Theatre, which may secretly have been his favorite job. He loved movies and music, and especially stage musicals. So even though he worked in the MVT office, he got to see every musical they produced – as often as he wished. Once settled into his new life, it didn’t take long for Duffy to fall in love with everything Hawaii. He loved the food, the people, the weather, the music, the ohana. He loved it all – and he also loved to sing and laugh and have a good time – which could occur at most any moment. One of his co-workers said “I have fond memories of Duffy. There was never a dull moment with him around. He loved to share his ‘life wisdoms’, which consisted primarily of variations on his ‘live in the now’ mantra.” O.A. Duffy had a beautiful and caring heart. He loved people and good conversation, especially if it had anything to do with politics. He typically approached those conversations while leaning to his left. He was a great and loyal friend and a fabulous Uncle and Brother. He lived his life to the fullest and, as his Nephew Wayne Hamman said, “didn’t give a hoot what anybody else thought!” Join friends and family as they “give a hoot” for Duffy on Saturday, August 31, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Murphy’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Honolulu. Duffy’s family will be showing a “Celebration of Duffy” photo montage, and anyone who wants to say a word or share a memory is welcome. No flowers please.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran