In Memoriam
Francis J. Duffy

The officers, trustees, and members of the Valley Stream Historical Society extend their condolences to the family of Francis J. Duffy, age 90, who succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday, April 26, 2020. 

Francis and his wife, Joan, provided the Society with many interesting programs over the years. Joan, who passed away in 2012, was the editor of Panorama

He was a maritime historian who was responsible for conducting each year an observance at the memorial located in Manhattan to the victims of the 1904 General Slocum tragedy which resulted in the loss of more than 1,000 lives. 

Francis served as the Executive Vice President of the Maritime Industry Museum at the State University of New York Maritime College located in the Bronx. He was a founding member of the Long Island Chapter of the Steamship Historical Society and served as New York editor of its publication, Steamboat Bill, for close to 30 years. 

He co-authored The New York Harbor Book with William H. Miller and authored Always on Station: The Story of the Sandy Hook Ship Pilots.  Additionally, Francis provided photography and public relations services to the shipping industry in New York. His photography took him to many unusual places.  One, for example, consisted of climbing on the scaffolding to the torch of the Statue of Liberty while it was under renovation. In short, Francis was a very accomplished individual. 

May the road rise to meet you,
and the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm on your face
and the rains fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you gently in the palm of his hand.
An Irish Blessing