Clinton-Sally Ann “Toby” (Doherty) Duffy, aged 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. She is survived by her loving children, Philip M. Duffy and his wife Alison, of Clinton; Ellen Duffy and her husband, Timothy Turley of West Roxbury; and Peter W. Duffy, currently residing in Sarajevo, Bosnia. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Patrick, Jack, and Peter Duffy of Clinton, and Gerard, Maria, and Frances Turley of West Roxbury; her sisters, Margaret Melaragni and her husband Ben of Woburn, and Mary Fullerton and her husband James of Spring, TX; also her brothers, Jack Doherty and his wife Joyce of Carndonagh, Ireland; and Philip Doherty and his wife Maura of Billerica; as well as many nieces and nephews whom she cherished. She is predeceased by her former husband, Patrick W. Duffy, and her dearly missed sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Gene Doherty of Burlington.
A resident of Clinton at the time of her passing, Sally was born July 8, 1938 in Winchester, MA, the daughter of Philip and Sarah Doherty, emigrants from County Donegal, Ireland. She attended parochial schools in Winchester and Woburn, graduating from St. Charles High School in 1956. A registered nurse, Sally graduated from Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Lowell in 1959, where she made lifelong friendships. Like many in the profession, Sally was a nurse with every fiber of her being-tough when needed, professional, always compassionate. As a young woman, she worked in hospital settings, including Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, where she married and began a family. Sally remained in her profession as her family grew and moved from San Rafael, CA, to Fair Lawn, NJ, then Monroe, NY, and to Reading, MA, working primarily as a private-duty nurse and in small clinical settings. Even decades after retiring, Sally was blessed to receive correspondence from former patients and families. In her later years, Sally cherished time spent with family- the many weddings and get-togethers with extended family, time with her brothers and sisters, time spent caring for her grandchildren, trips she enjoyed with her son, Peter. A cheerful and gregarious person, she made many friends after moving to Clinton, especially at Presentation Apartments and at Corcoran House. Sally endured many trials in life, but persevered through all because of her faith and her love for her family and friends, which was returned to her. She will be remembered for her authentic optimism and for always trying to make the life of others a little easier, their day a little brighter. She had an easy way with human kindness.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Corcoran House-Activities Fund, 40 Walnut Street, Clinton, MA 01510. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com