Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Former Wood football coach John "Skip" Duffy dies

Former Wood Football Coach Duffy Dies

Former Wood football coach John "Skip" Duffy dies

Former Wood Football Coach Duffy Dies

John "Skip" Duffy, a well-known and highly respected football coach at Archbishop Wood and Delaware Valley College, died Thursday morning after an extended battle with cancer.

Duffy, of Levittown, was Wood's head coach from 1973 to 1980. He led the Vikings to a 65-25-2 overall record, two Catholic League championships (1974 and '78), and a city title (1974).

"He was a tremendous man," said John J. McFadden, Jr., who played under Duffy at Wood in the mid-1970s. "He was a fantastic leader and motivator."

Duffy, who succeeded Dick Bedesem as Wood's coach, later was an assistant at Delaware Valley. "He was a hard worker, and he expected the same from his players," McFadden said.

At Wood, Duffy taught business and accounting. One of his favorite sayings, former players recall, was, "Great day to be alive!"

Duffy is survived by his wife, Dottie, and two children, John and Greg.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

-Rick O'Brien

Rick O'Brien Inquirer Columnist
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Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Reach Rick at robrien@phillynews.com.

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