Gordon Duff

Gordon Duff Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on September 23, 2021, at the age of 79. Born in Chatham, he was the son of the late George and Marguerite Duff and brother of Ann Steele and the late George Duff Jr. Gord will be missed by his wife, Irene Duff “Bumm”, and his children, Genny (Andrew) Thiel and Gord Jr. (Stephanie) Duff. Gord will also be missed by sister and brother-in-law Ann and Richard Peck. He was a special grandpa and giver of big hugs to Alex and Anderson Thiel and Finlay, Hayden and Fiona Duff. 

Gord grew up in the family business of Duff Motors in Dresden where he developed a deep love for cars, Fords in particular. He later ran Duffie Auto Sales in Chatham and in retirement was a regular attendee of local classic car events. He looked forward every year to staking out a prime spot on King Street during Retrofest and holding court all day in front of his spotless Grand Marquis.

He loved nothing more than his daily routine, starting with a coffee at McDonald’s (nice and early, free refill, please) with the usual suspects, followed by round two of coffee and conversation, this time at Tim Horton’s on Park Ave. A really good day would also include a cruise around town in his truck, checking up on local construction projects and checking in on friends who were always happy to see him drive up.

He had a smile and a wisecrack for anybody and a nickname for folks he was especially fond of. Irene, Genny and Gordie will miss him dearly. 

 The family wishes to express its gratitude to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, in particular his favourite nurse who brought him a hot coffee every morning. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gord’s honour to the food bank.  Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Gord’s life will be planned at a later date.

53 Comments on “Gordon Duff”

  1. Irene & family – Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We have many good memories.
    Sincere Condolences
    Valerie & Don

  2. I am so sorry to hear that Gord has passed. My condolences to you Irene and your precious family.

  3. One of the absolute best fringe benefits of being Irene’s friend was knowing Gord. I’ve heard it for years and now I shall always hear his “blind leading the blind” blessing as we go off on any adventure. His joy in the love of his wife, Bumm, was always out front, as was his beaming pride in her and his children. Gord’s big personality will never be gone. I’ll see him always, sitting on the breakwall patio, enjoying the company, the view, the moment.

  4. Irene – how very sad I am, that Gord passed away. My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Rest in Peace Gord.

  5. So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing ….. He was never without a smile on his face and will always be fondly remembered as “Duffie “ …..My heart goes out to Irene and family ….Sending you my deepest sympathy ..
    Betty Makowetsky

  6. Irene and family; so sorry to hear about the passing of Gord he was such a pillar in our community and will be forever known as “Duffie” to most that knew him. My deepest sympathies to the entire family at this most difficult time ……. God speed Gord “Duffie”

  7. I loved coming to every auction and getting my hug. He always had a smile for me. May the whole family have comfort and peace in knowing how much love he gave to everyone.

  8. Irene and family, so sorry to hear about Gord. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Karen Smith Liberty

  9. So sorry to hear that Gord has passed away. We went through the first eight years of school in Dresden before moving. I came back to Dresden a few times but never got together. RIP Gord.

  10. Gord was great gentleman and great to talk with about old cars. Sad to see him pass but he did enjoy life. My condolences to the whole family.

  11. Irene and family. My sincere condolences on Gordon’s passing. The memories go back quite a bit, and think of them with a giggle. Prayers are with you and your family

  12. Irene and family – we are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Al and Gord worked together for many years and have many great memories! Big hug!

  13. Irene, Genny & Gordie

    We have no words for the sadness we feel for you. It has been many, many years since we first meet “Duffie” before any of us were married. We had many good times over the years and many memorable moments. Thankfully we have managed to keep in touch. It was always a high point of Retrofest to run into Gord and all the guys at the corner of King & Fifth” holding court”. Our thoughts are with you Irene, the kids, and grandchildren.

    Dennis & Marilyn

  14. Dear Andrew & Family;
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.
    Becky Bechard

  15. So very sorry for your loss! thinking of your family at this difficult time! Big Hugs, Genny, Andrew< Alex, Anderson, and Irene.

  16. So very sorry to learn about Gord. Our sincere sympathy to Irene, Genny, Gordie and all of the Duff Family. We share so many memories. We know that you will find comfort in the love that you all have for each other.
    Dick and Kathy O’Neill

  17. Fond memories of Gord from the days many years ago when both our families had cottages at Bright’s Grove. R.I.P.

  18. I wonder if they have ice rinks in heaven then he can rejoin my father skating in circles. So sorry for your loss he always had a smile and a joke or a wise crack. GOD BLESS

  19. Irene, Genny & Gordie and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will sure miss Gord and all the coffee over the last 25 years. I will truley miss the smell of a burnt bagle in the air at Tim Horton’s. Gord was always willing to lend a helping hand or a wise crack, I will truley miss you my Friend . R.I.P God Bless

  20. when i was growing up in Dresden, Duff Motors was a big part of our town,, Many people bought autos there,,everyone new all,,R.I.P. Gord.

  21. Genny – so very sorry for the loss of your father. It is so tough to lose a parent. Sounds like he lived a great life. Hugs to you, your mom and family. My condolences Lynne Compton

  22. Genny,

    To you and your family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Sending big hugs and kisses to you!❤️❤️

    Love Laurie & Alex & the girls.

  23. Our sincere condolences to Irene and family. Good was a great friend to everyone he met. He will be truly missed by all!
    Mary and Larry Tuck

  24. Gord Jr and family, Very sorry to hear of Gord Sr’s passing. He was a good buddy and talker. Live on with your memories as I will.
    Doug Houle

  25. Anne Bryant and I are deeply saddened to hear of “Duffies” passing. A friend I valued for so many years will be missed for sure. He always managed to put a smile on my face and the back and forth banter was always in fun and appreciated. RIP my friend Gord … I’m sure there’s a Ford of some model. Waiting for you… miss ya big guy

  26. Irene,Genny & Gordie. So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. Always a laugh when we met. Bought my first car a new 1969 Mercury Montego from him at Duff Motors in Dresden. 52 years ago. Our prayers are for you. Charlie and Sylvia McDonell

  27. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time Irene.
    Love Marc Diana Laine and Brittany Poirier

  28. So sorry to hear of Gord’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Roy and Diane Cornell.

  29. Irene and family, so sorry to hear about Duffies passing. Spent much time talking with Duffie while we watched the kids skate at memorial/north side arenas and competitions . Duffie was so proud of all the kids accomplishments. One thing that I will always remember and chuckle about was running into him at Tim’s after his workout at the gym, when he would get his burnt bagel smothered in butter! Will miss him a lot.
    Billy ( Willy, according to Duffie ) and Rosey Bourne

  30. Irene, Genny, Gordie and families. Bob and I are heartbroken to hear of Gord’s passing. What a guy…always smiling, joking, laughing and always willing to help out. We will miss him so much, especially Bob who gave him his special name ” Lumpy”. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. Love Bob & Jo-Ann

  31. Dear Irene, I am so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. My most sincere condolences and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. My love to Genny and Gordie…

  32. Irene & family
    We are so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. John often relives some of the good “old” days especially those at Grand Bend. I am glad that the last time I saw Gord I got a big hug from him.
    We hope that all the good memories that you have will carry you through this difficult time.
    God Bless
    John & Linda Lewis

  33. So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. Sending prayers and hugs to you, Irene, and your family.

  34. Irene, Genny, Gordie, I was so sad when Dad told me of Duffie’s passing. He always had a smile, a big hug and a nickname for me. There are so many memories that make me smile. He will be missed! You’ll all be in my thoughts. Delynne

  35. Irene & Family
    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. We are going to miss cruising to car shows with Gord.
    Ray & Gail Poissant

  36. My deepest sympathy to the Duff family. I have fond memories of being a neighbour to the family as a child when they lived on Hughes St. in Dresden. It has been a long time since I have seen any of them but fortunately childhood memories stay with you. Carol (Holmes) Park

  37. Dear Irene, I was so very sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. I didn’t know Gord but through reading his obit, I know he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. May God’s blessing of peace surround you and your family as you travel this journey in the circle of life.

  38. Deepest sympathy to Irene, Genny and Gordie on the recent passing of a much-loved husband, father and grandfather. May your memories bring you comfort at this sad time. May God bless you and keep you in His loving care. – Larry & Carol Quinlan

  39. Dear Irene, Genny and Gordie – So sad to hear of Gord’s passing. His bigger than life spirit will live on in the memories of many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  40. Irene
    Sorry about Gord. It must give you some comfort to read all the comments from friends and know how Gord was appreciated. 79 years is not too shabby but it’s never enough.

  41. Irene, Jenny, Gordie and families
    So sorry to hear about Gord. His picture shows the kind of guy he was, fun loving, a character and a tease. Gord was always there if you needed a helping hand! So many good memories of our trips with you in his van with the precision skating team. Lots of laughs and the things we did! If our kids did some of what we did, we would kill them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  42. Irene, Genny and Gordie
    The story I remember most among the many, is the time I was in an accident on the fifth street bridge. The traffic was building up around me and I had no idea what to do. Panic! Then out of nowhere Gord was beside me helping me out of the situation. He was a special friend. Sending love and healing to each of you and your families.

  43. I wentvto high school with Gord and Anne and knew Gord and George from Dresden when they had Duff Motors. They were a very nice family.My condolences to the family.Rest In Peace Gord..

  44. I am so sorry for your loss . Gord was a great guy. I remember dealing with him when I was employed at the bank many years ago. Again my deepest sympathies to you and your family .

  45. Our deepest sympathies. I have many fond memories of Duffie!
    Karen MacQueen and all the family of late Roger Van Gassen.

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