Joseph F Duda

Born: Wed., Dec. 2, 1936
Died: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Fri., Jan. 05, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Jan. 05, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Douglas- Joseph F. Duda, 81, a resident of Grafton House in N. Grafton died Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 after an illness.
    He is survived by his sister, Andrea Hicks and her husband, Neill of Tehachapi, CA;  Aunt Helen Piascik and her son Peter of Florida; a great-nephew, Terak; son of his niece Marchesa Favara and her husband, Paul Grubb; and his friends and staff at Alternatives and Grafton House.
    Born in Whitinsville, MA on Dec. 2, 1936 he was the son of Andrew J. and Henrietta (Borowicz) Duda and lived in Douglas, Uxbridge, and Northbridge. He had been a resident of Grafton House the past year.
    Joe had been a member of Alternatives since 1986. He was part of the Alternatives Vocational Program for 15 years. He was proud to retire in 2001 and became part of Alternative’s Senior Enrichment Program. Joseph had a non-stop drive and spirit. He lived in the moment and never let challenges or adversity hold him back. Educated with a private tutor in East Douglas, he loved cars and downhill skiing. He will be remembered for his tenacity, his love of helping, and joy for life.  He loved food and his weekly trips to Burger King. His sister Andrea is writing a book about Joe while focusing on those individuals who knew and cared for Joe. She would welcome adding their experiences and perspectives about Joe. Working title:  KNOWING JOEY -- A very special journey.
    His funeral service will be held FRIDAY JAN. 5, 2018 at 10 am in Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St. Douglas. Burial will follow in St. Denis Cemetery. A calling hour will be held at the funeral home on FRIDAY JAN. 5 from 9 to 10 am. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to Alternatives, 50 Douglas Rd. Whitinsville, MA 01588. To leave a condolence message please visit

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David Prince (son of Julia and Oscar)
   Posted Sun December 31, 2017
Dear Duda Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy regarding Joey's passing. I hope your grief is short and good memories of Joey long-lasting. I remember Joey well as he greeted cars coming and going through the "Lower Village". He was a very happy and gentle soul and certainly had a full life. I'm sure Joey will missed by all who touched his life.

My deepest condolences,
Dave Prince

Jerome Jussaume
   Posted Mon January 01, 2018
My condolences to Andrea and the extended Duda family. Joey often accompanied me from the Hayward mill to the end of the sidewalk in Lower Village as I walked to my family's home on Gilboa Street. I think in an early encounter he asked where I was going. I responded that I was going home. That became his greeting to me, "Going home?" Sometimes he would venture another 50 feet or so to the bridge over the Mumford River. If he was really adventurous, Joey would go as far as the intersection of North and Gilboa Streets, but no further. Even at that time, Joey seemed to understand his limits.

Stephen Gressak
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
Andrea & family, Sad to hear about your loss. Being neighbors, Joey spent a great deal of time at our place. He loved to stand by my Dad's Chevy, waiting for Dad to come out of the house to greet him. Joey didn't really care too much about having a Chevy for a car. Joey would inform my Dad that he needs to get rid of it and buy something better. I can also recall that he would follow my Dad as he went to work at Hayward Mill. And Joey would stay at the fence looking for my Dad to look out the window. There had to be some connection because it was a ongoing ritual. My Dad always gave him some time and made Joey laugh.

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