Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Timothy W. Duffy USN (Ret) VP-4 1969 – 1972

We lost another VP-4 Vet last November but I just found his obituary.

Although our database shows that Tim Duffy served in VP-4 1969 to 1972, I only found pictures of him in the 1971 and 1972 cruise books.

Tim flew on Crew 4 as Navigator in 1971 and was PPC of Crew 6 in 1972.

Timothy W. Duffy of Churchville, Pa. died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Abington Jefferson Health Hospice at Warminster. He was 71.

Timothy was the beloved husband of 48 years to Laureen M. (Butella).

Born in McKeesport, Pa., he was the son of the late James A. and Dorothy A. (Englert) Duffy.

Timothy graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1968 and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA with degrees in aeronautical engineering. He was a Naval Aviator and career Naval officer.

He loved flying, earning his “Wings of Gold” in Pensacola, Fla., followed by duty assignments with VP-4 in Barbers Point, Hawaii and Patrol Wing 1 Cubi Point, Philippines flying the P-3 Orion.

Upon returning to the United States he transitioned to the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer community and worked at the former Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pa., the former Naval Air Propulsion Center in Trenton, N.J., and finally the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehurst, N.J. before retiring as a Commander.

Following his Naval service, he began his second career in defense contracting and worked with, among other things, the world’s largest human centrifuge used to train astronauts and later, fighter pilots to manage the strenuous demands of high g-forces on the body.

In addition to his wife, Laureen, Timothy is survived by his loving children, Christopher P. Duffy and his wife, Anita of Brunswick, Maine, Nora Duffy Decker and her husband, Keil of Princeton, N.J., and Rosalyn M. Duffy of Collegeville, Pa. He also is survived by his seven grandchildren; Kassandra, Shannah, Ryan, Phoebe, Catherine, Winifred, and Augustus; his brother James B. Duffy (Sandy) and sister, Patricia Callaway (David); his brothers-in-law, William Butella and Robert Butella (Susan Weigold); and his seven nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing from 9:30 a.m. until his funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 654 Hatboro Rd. Richboro, PA 18954. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

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