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Saying farewell to one of our best: Steve Michael Duffy

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Our beloved Board Member Steve Duffy recently passed away in his Dominican Republic home.

Our beloved Board Member Steve Duffy recently passed away in his Dominican Republic home.

On January 26, 2010, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth lost an essential part of its support network. Long time Board of Directors member Steve Duffy passed away in his home in the Dominican Republic at the age of 57.

Without the financial and philanthropic contributions of Duffy, Boys & Girls Clubs would not have been able to help the thousands of youth that have called the Clubs their second home throughout the years. He chaired a golf tournament for several years and also co-chaired the Camp O’Malley Renovation Campaign in 2005.

Duffy was inducted as the first Director Emeritus in June 2009 for serving with distinction on the Boys & Girls Clubs Board of Directors for at least seven years. He was a former Club member as a child in Chicago and supported the efforts to bring Boys & Girls Clubs to the Grand Rapids area.

“Steve was a deserving recipient of this award,” said Robert Kaminski, fellow Board Member. “He embodied what a Board Member is expected to do for the organization he or she serves. He made serious commitments financially as well as dedicated large amounts of talent and time.”

Steve Duffy was a successful businessman who started his career in the footwear industry at Florsheim in Chicago. He moved to the Grand Rapids area to take a position at Wolverine Worldwide, where he retired as Executive Vice-President and President of Global Operations Group. He was a loving husband to his wife Merry Beth and a devoted father to his three children.

The funeral was held on February 5, 2010 at Thousand Oaks Gold Club. Donations to the organizations he served were asked for in lieu of flowers/gifts. Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth extends its greatest gratitude to Steve Duffy who will be remembered for his honorable contributions and sincere dedication to the underprivileged youth of this community.

Article written by Sara Schneider.

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