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Douglas E Duffy

January 5th, 1962 - August 31st, 2019

Obituary Douglas Eugene Duffy, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019 as his family serenaded him with songs reminiscent of his childhood and home. He will be remembered by all as someone who played as hard as he worked, and who routinely expressed his love and gratitude for those around him. Doug had an adventurous spirit which he instilled in his beloved son, Collin, through travel and a passion for the outdoors. Doug was born to Carol Taylor and Bill Duffy in Macomb, IL on January 5, 1962. He developed a lifelong love of sports starting with listening to St. Louis Cardinal games on the radio with his grandfather. After graduating from Moline High School in 1980, Doug enrolled at Illinois State University. Following a semester abroad in the French Alps, Doug felt the call of the mountains, and he transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). At CU he studied secondary education, ran cross country, and was an avid hiker, biker, and skier. Doug read atlases the way most people read novels and had a superhuman memory for the terrain of every hike. With his keen sense of direction and cheerful demeanor, it was a privilege to have Doug as a hiking and biking partner. He enjoyed many years of exploring Colorado and the west with family and friends, often making new friends along the way. Doug excelled at creating community, a value he instilled in his students over 30 years of teaching, coaching, and leading student council at Niwot High School. His loss will be felt by many, but his spirit lives on, in our hearts, in the wind on our faces, in the flight of a dragonfly, and any time we experience the power and beauty of nature. Doug is survived by: his wife, Sally Herreid; his son, Collin Duffy; his parents Bill Duffy and Carol and Larry Taylor; his siblings David Duffy, Dalinda Archer, and Darren Duffy; stepchildren Tyler and Sydney Coffey; his beloved golden retrievers, Neva and Lily; and a large, loving extended family. Doug�s life will be celebrated at the Boulder Reservoir from 2-4 pm on September 28th, 2019, and on October 6th, 2019 in Moline, Illinois at Riverside United Methodist church from 2-4 pm. Casual attire is requested, with bonus points awarded to those who wear Hawaiian shirts, St. Louis Cardinals, CU Buffaloes, or Niwot High School spirit wear. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund, details to follow, will be set up in Doug�s name. "Whatever happens, those who have learned to love one another have made their way to the lasting world and will not leave, whatever happens." Wendell Berry Services You can still show your support by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Douglas E Duffy

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Gwendolyn Blais

Dear Carol, I am so sorry to read of your son's death. Though we have gotten away from each other, i often recall our times at SHS and one summer at Bradley. May God comfort all of you in your loss. Sincerely, Gwen Blais

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Cheryl Bailey

Sally and Collin, Please always remember that Doug left much of the best of himself with all his students and staff at NHS, including myself. We will all miss him.

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Renee Felton

So thankful that Mr. Duffy was part of every semester of my time as a Cougar. Rest in peace and thank you for making such a positive impact on my life - Renee Felton, Class of 2001

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Dianna Brown-Brenny

Dave and family...I am so sorry for your loss. May God, time and happy memories help you get this through. God Bless.

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Walter Ashley; Niwot HS Class of ‘02

Mr. Duffy was a great motivator and passionate teacher whom I will remember fondly. My heartfelt condolences to his family, he was a good man.

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Kelly Block

I am sorry to hear this. I just loved Mr Duffy. He was an incredible teacher and integral part of the Niwot High School Community. Sending lots of prayers.

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Sharon Spaegele

I had the privlidge of working with Doug during my time at Northeast Jr High in Longmont many years ago. He was a phenomenal teacher and possesed such a vibrant spirit. Being a former teacher myself it's evident when a teacher loves their job as their students love them and can't wait for class. Today I was truly saddened to read this and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends . I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.

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lizeveretts

Doug rest in eternal peace my love to your family and friends. Elizabeth Everetts Your Moline Maroon Classmate 1980

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Juan Alcantar

I just remember every spirit week leading up to the homecoming football game, mr Duffy and mr Burton would always have the contest of who had the best Hawaiian shirt. He was always so uplifting and supportive as a coach and as an educator. A wonderful man gone way too soon. May god rest his soul. Once a cougar always a cougar.

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Monique Guidry

Dear family of Doug,It was my honor to be a coaching colleague of Dougs, as I coached cross country at Boulder High School. We had many opportunities to talk and share our philosophy about coaching, and I appreciated his intent to use the sport experience to build a healthy community of young people and teach lifelong lessons through running. He was an educator, who made deep impacts on the Niwot community. Monique Guidry

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Juan Alcantar

I just remember every spirit week leading up to the homecoming football game, mr Duffy and mr Burton would always have the contest of who had the best Hawaiian shirt. He was always so uplifting and supportive as a coach and as an educator. A wonderful man gone way too soon. May god rest his soul. Once a cougar always a cougar.

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Sonja (Crummy) Jones

Carol & Family, You are in my thoughts at this time with the loss of Doug. Sonja Jones

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Ann Baker

Our son was so fortunate to know Mr. Duffy through student council and basketball at Niwot High School. He was the nicest man-such a pleasure to have known him. Ann and Sam Baker

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Sharon Spaegele

I had the privlidge of working with Doug during my time at Northeast Jr High in Longmont many years ago. He was a phenomenal teacher and possesed such a vibrant spirit. Being a former teacher myself it's evident when a teacher loves their job as their students love them and can't wait for class. Today I was truly saddened to read this and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends . I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.

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Cheryl Bailey

Sally and Collin,Please always remember that Doug left much of the best of himself with all his students and staff at NHS, includingmyself. We will all miss him.

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Patricia and John Rozzano

What a blessing for Dougs family to know that he lived life in such a giving way that he is now with Jesus in heaven.A candle was lit

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Walter Ashley; Niwot HS Class of ‘02

Mr. Duffy was a great motivator and passionate teacher whom I will remember fondly. My heartfelt condolences to his family, he was a good man.

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Bryan Chumbley

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Dianna Brown-Brenny

Dave and family...I am so sorry for your loss. May God, time and happy memories help you get this through. God Bless.A candle was lit

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