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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Duffy's of Napa, CA

Recently, I started searching online for historical information about Napa which might include any information about my Flanagan's, McLaughlin's, Vienop's, Borchers', and even the McLaughlin's cousins, the Duffy's.  I was sad to find an obituary for Dennis Michael Patrick Duffy. 

DUFFY, Dennis Michael Patrick September 14, 2007 - SF Gate

Dennis Michael Patrick Duffy A life-long fourth generation Napa Valley resident, died suddenly on the golf course in Lake Tahoe on Monday, September 10, 2007. He was 59 years old. Born December 20, 1947 in St. Helena, Dennis graduated from Napa Senior High School in 1966 and then the University of San Francisco in 1970 with a BA degree in economics. Following college, he moved to Lake Tahoe adopting the beautiful basin as his home. Duff was best known for his work at River Ranch Restaurant & Lodge, where he became well-known for his Irish charm, quick wit and devilish smile. In the mid 70's, Dennis returned to his roots in Napa getting involved in the wine industry and, as a hobby, produced a private label DD that was enjoyed by friends and family. Dennis oversaw and maintained the Duffy Christmas Tree Farm on Big Ranch Road, a business started by his father. In early 1995, Dennis agreed to have the 1906 family farm house remodeled for the nationally syndicated "This Old House" program. The show's producer said at that time "I only had 15 minutes to meet Dennis, but it was love at first sight. I guess the combination of the man, the house and the setting conspired to make a good story." In recent years, Dennis went to work as a mortgage broker with Investor's Trust Mortgage. With his primary home in Yountville and his second home in Lake Tahoe, Dennis was blessed with a full life in two of the most beautiful places on earth. The true beauty of Dennis was what he brought with him into the hearts of everyone he encountered throughout his life. Dennis' life was made full six years ago when he was reacquainted with his college love, [a Living Kelly]. Happily engaged, they were excited to continue creating a wonderful life together. Dennis is predeceased by his parents Owen M. Duffy, Ann L. Duffy and brother-in-law, Dennis Mordecai. He is survived by his loving sister [a living Duffy], her daughter [a living Mordecai] and by his loving fiancée............A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church in Yountville. A Celebration of Dennis' Life will be held at the River City Restaurant in Napa immediately following. Donations may be made in his honor to Napa Valley Hospice.

I've highlighted the clues that led me to know that this was a Duffy cousin.  I wonder what has become of the old Duffy property on Big Ranch Road?  Does any history of Philip Duffy and Catherine "Katie" Maxwell Duffy exist there anymore?

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