Norah Duffy

  • Born: April 4, 1921
  • Died: January 21, 2021
  • Location: Pelham Manor, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother

Norah Duffy. What a wonderful woman. Born in Hedford, County Galway, Ireland, she moved to London where she was a nurse during the World War 2 Blitz. She moved to New York, met a man, married him, had two children, moved to Northern Ireland, had three more and came back to New York. That's a lot of resettling for one person.
She was the kindest person I ever met. I'm so fortunate to have been able to call her mom. She also had a great sense of humor. I'm gonna miss that so much. She loved traveling. But she could never do it until I got a job with Pan American Airlines. Her sense of humor almost got us in trouble when I took her through the Berlin Wall. She loved Mexico, London and Munich. And all the people she met loved her in return.
Rest in peace mom. I always have, and always will love you


Condolence & Memory Journal

My sympathies to the Duffy family. I am the granddaughter of Mae Maloney Heavey. My mother had asked me to locate Dora's (as we referred to her) obituary for some family back in Ireland. When I found this I knew immediately by the picture that she was a Maloney - she looked just like my grandmother! It made me smile immediately!
I know that I met Aunt Dora when I was very young, unfortunately too young to really remember her. But what I do remember is that my grandmother, Mae, always used to tell me that, "We Maloney girls knew how to have fun!" And after reading the other entries here it is clear that they did know how to have fun and we among the kindest of people. I hope the memories of Dora make you smile and help ease the sorrow of the loss. Sending thoughts and prayers from family in Boston. Clare Heavey Mathews

Posted by Clare Mathews - MA - Family   February 03, 2021

Dear Sheila and Family. We were so so saddened to hear about your loss. Aunty Dora was a wonderful and kind lady, and I still have the cards she used to write to me as a little girl! She will be so missed. All our love, Leanne Cater (Daughter of Carole Maloney), and all your family in London xx

Posted by Leanne Cater - London - Family   February 02, 2021

Dear Sheila, Michelle & Jarlath. From my family to yours, we were so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mum - All the sisters are together again now.
Auntie Dora, as she was to me, was such a beautiful, kind-hearted soul, always thinking of others, and always willing to share her wisdom.
Every time we sit down to eat, we use the cutlery she sent to Stephen & I for our wedding. She will always be with us, in this little way, and will always be in our thoughts.
Janine & Stephen Higgins.

Posted by Janine Higgins - Mayo - Family   January 31, 2021

Peter - I'm deeply saddened by the news of Your Moms passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family to have strength in your grieving, and take comfort from all the happy memories you carry of her. No one and nothing can fill the void created by the loss of a dear mother. Moms live in a special place in the hearts of their children. You must cherish the memories of her warmth, her gentle hands, her kind heart, and her wise words. A mother lives forever within our hearts and will continue to live even after they pass on.
I pray that your heart and soul will find peace and comfort during this difficult My sincere condolences,
Robert - NYPD LSSD

Posted by Robert Zura - Bronx, NY - Coworker   January 27, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Jarlath, Sheila and Michelle on the loss of your dear Mom.

Back in the '60's in our Briggs Avenue neighborhood I had the good fortune of meeting a lovely lady with the most generous heart and smile to match, my dear friend and mentor, Mrs. Duffy. I have many fond memories of her but my favorite is when my first son was born. He arrived a month early, I felt very insecure and overwhelmed with my new role until an angel, Mrs. Duffy, arrived at my door. She taught me all I needed to know in her kind and loving way, she gave him his first bath, and reassured me that he was a fine strong baby, there was nothing to worry about, and what a fine man he would be some day. She transformed my life and I became the confident mom I needed to be. Many years have passed but I'll never forget what she did for me. I think of her as a real people person, always thinking of everyone else and so interested in their lives.I'm thankful to have known her, she was a gift in my life and the lives of so many.
She now lives in the presence of the Lord, May she rest in peace. "We will not see her likes again."

Posted by Margaret Ecklund - Hopatcong, NJ - Friend   January 26, 2021

Dora Duffy was an amazing, soft spoken, kindly mannered woman who epitomised kindness ...and... lived life in a bubble of joy, while at the same time enduring the challenges of life. A true Christian Woman! May she rest in peace and may her son, daughters and grandson experience her living on in their lives.
Annamarie Heanue (former Biltmore resident)

Posted by Annamarie Heanue - Ireland, WY   January 26, 2021

I am Rhona Laverty née Dickson, daughter of Uncle Thomas' sister, Iris Duffy (Dickson). I don't remember Dora much because I would have been so small when we visited the Duffy home house in Bishop Street in Derry. I never realised that her birth name was Norah because my Mum and Dad always called her Dora. I wish I had had the chance to get to know her properly because she sounded as if she was a live wire and full of mischievous humour. I only remember meeting Uncle Thomas when he came to stay with us in Old Westland Road, Belfast. He was taking part in fund raising concerts in West Belfast. Emigration was the curse and sometimes the blessing of the Irish and since we didn't have What's App then, communication was mostly by letter as phone calls were so expensive. I have one sister, Sonia and a brother, Michael called after Granda Michael Duffy and his Uncle Michael. He emigrated to Canada in his early 20s along with his young wife, Felicity and their first child, Emma who was born in Derry. It broke my parents' hearts when they left. My sister and I both married Tyrone men. Sonia lives in Cookstown and I previously lived in Omagh but now I am back in Belfast since 2002. If any of my cousins would like to contact me, my email address is It's hard to lose a parent no matter how long a life they have led. My Mum(Iris) died at the age of 73 in May 1999 from bowel cancer. We were lucky to have Daddy (John) for much longer. He died in 2016. He had the joy of walking our daughter, Amy down the aisle along with her own Daddy, Paddy. My Daddy was one proud man that day! It's never too late to get to know your cousins now that in this modern age, we have email and What's App for calls and video calls. Our parents did not have that luxury which helps explain why we don't all know each other. Hopefully, we can rectify that. We have four kids: Alan(39), Amy (35), Sophie (32) and last but not least Michael (29). I wanted to continue the family tradition.

Posted by Rhona Laverty née Dickson - Belfast, Ireland - Family   January 26, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the Duffy family on the passing of Norah. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Ann Hughes - Headford, Co Galway, Irelan   January 26, 2021

I am Norah's grandson's friend. My deepest condolences to Norah's family and friends. Losing any family member is tough, and it is especially heart-wrenching to lose such a strong pillar in the family. My thoughts are with everyone in this tough time.

Posted by Luca M - Brooklyn, NY - Family Friend   January 25, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences go out to our cousins, we are sorry to hear about the passing of Norah. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Paul O'Duffy - London - Family   January 25, 2021

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Sending you love and light during this challenging time.

Posted by Shirley Azcona - Yonkers, NY - Family Friend   January 25, 2021

We are friends of Tom's and know how special his grandmother meant to him. We send our condolences and love to the family during this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Kimberly and Derek Sanz - Kew Gardens, NY - Friend   January 25, 2021

I am sad to hear that your wonderful Mum died but what a fine age, she would have been 100 in just over a month. Herself and Uncle Thomas made me so very welcome around 1972 when I was in NY for work, with Thomas warning me not to go near Harlem. I have happy memories of meeting you all almost 50 years ago. Blessings to the Duffy family at this sad time, with buckets of love and appreciation from Aunty Norah's nephew Alan xx

Posted by Alan O'Duffy - London England - Family   January 25, 2021

My heart goes out to Norah's children and grandson, Tom. Though I never had the pleasure to meet, I know she was a wonderfully charming woman with a heart full of life and love. She will surely be missed.

Posted by Marcus Diaz - Mount Vernon, NY - Family Friend   January 25, 2021

Posted by Tom Kelly - Mount Vernon, NY - Grandchild   January 24, 2021

Norah with the love of her life and husband, Thomas Duffy.

Posted by Krystal - Family Friend   January 24, 2021

I am so thankful to have known Norah for almost a decade. Through her grandson, I know and refer to her as Onga'. She was such a light, so full of spark and joy that you couldn't help but be drawn in when speaking to her. As everyone has been saying, her wit and jokes were just some of the best things about her. I am so glad that I knew here in the capacity that I did and I am so grateful to still be connected to her and her beautiful family members in the years to come.

Posted by Krystal Diaz - Mount Vernon, NY - Family Friend   January 24, 2021

I met Norah Duffy because Sister Helena Walsh needed a ride to Pelham, so I obliged. Norah welcomed me as if she had known me for years. She was full of joy and hospitality and we had great times together. Her holiness and devotion were outstanding. Now that she is having her eternal rest, there is no doubt that she will remember all of us. Thank you Norah, will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Sister Anna O'Brien - Tenafly, NJ - Friend   January 24, 2021

Having grown up in Derry City, I knew the Duffy family as one of the most musical of families, especially Michael and Thomas. At the annual Feis competition they in their tenor voices brought home trophies, medals and cups. I became a Franciscan nun and was missioned in the US, so I met up with the family many years later. Norah was a breath of fresh air so we continued to meet after that. The three girls - Sheila, Michele and Roisin were always so welcoming. I think I met Jarlath once, and Norah's grandson, Tommie a few times. Norah was the soul of hospitality and kindness, she loved Ireland so we had a lot in common. Sheila and I went on a pilgrimage together to Lourdes, Michele and Roisin and Sheila loved our company. Sister Anna was my driver to Pelham and Norah loved to see us coming. She was the soul of welcome as were her girls and we had great times together. Norah's faith and prayerfulness were her great standby, she was so generous and especially to the Columban Fathers' Missions. We will miss her friendship but we know she is in a far better place now. May she rest in Peace.

Posted by Sister Helena Walsh - Tenafly, NJ - Friend   January 24, 2021

My dear friend, you will always be remembered. You are a wise woman and I enjoyed all our talks. You are very smart, kind and will be missed by everyone. I love you dearly. Rest In Peace. Angie

Posted by Angie Rapaccioli - Pelham Manor, NY - Friend   January 24, 2021

Sincere condolences to Mrs. Duffy's beloved family, Sheila, Michele, Jarlath and grandson, Tommy. Thank you for taking care of your mom/grandmother thru her aging years. A nurse by profession Mrs Duffy was an earth angel to so many. The dearest, kindest, most empathetic woman anyone could every know and an 'esteemed second mom' to her "Briggs Avenue Girls" since we met in the mid sixties on Briggs Ave, Bronx. Admiration of this amazing woman our dear friend, Mrs Druffy, has grown stronger thru the years. "Some people come into our lives and quickly go, Some people move our souls to dance, they awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints in our hearts and we are never, ever the same." (Author unknown) Rest in peace, Mrs Duffy, with your beloved Roisin, and wear your well deserved crown of glory proudly in the company of the angels. Slainte, dear friend, " 'Til we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand." Brigid Brannigan Farrell, Florida

Posted by Brigid Farrell - Ft lauderdale, FL - Friend   January 24, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Mrs. Duffys passing. She was such a beautiful and kind woman. She was very much like a grandmother to us. I've known Mrs. Duffys since I was a child and she was always so sweet and gentle and patient. When she met my son she was over the moon about him and they got along very well. I will always cherish those moments where she got to see Patrick and be entertained by him. Wishing everyone peace and the strength. God bless Mrs. Duffy and her family.

Posted by Fionnuala Smyth - Alexandria, VA - Family Friend   January 24, 2021

My beloved Aunt Dora,
Your life was not always easy, but what I will always remember about you is your generosity, your zest for living, your determination and can do spirit, and especially your (sometimes wicked:) ) sense of humor. May you Rest In Peace now, Dora. Always in my heart, Eileen❤

Posted by Eileen Loperena - Roseville, CA - Family   January 24, 2021

I feel I got to know Norah through her son. He shard so many wonderful stories of her. One was when he was in high school and she would always quiz him any time he asked.

Posted by Patricia Werth - Granada Hills, CA   January 24, 2021

It was an honor and pleasure to have known you. I enjoyed all your stories. Thank you for being a good friend to my mom. We will definitely miss you. Love, Maria

Posted by Maria Garvin - Bronx, NY - Friend   January 23, 2021

Sincere condolences to Michele, Sheila and Jarlath and all the relatives here, Galway and London. A life well lived dear friend! You were our go to Mom on Briggs Avenue, always loving, caring, wise and inspiring. No doubt you are wearing the crown you deserve now with the angels for all your sacrifices, hard work and selflessness and reunited with Roisin. You will always be missed and remembered. Kathleen Smyth

Posted by Kathleen Smyth - Yonkers, NY - Family Friend   January 23, 2021

Family Album

Community Photos

Norah with the love of her life and husband, Thomas Duffy.
Dear Sheila, Michelle & Jarlath. From my family to yours, we were so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mum - All the sisters are together again now. Auntie Dora, as she was to me, was such a beautiful, kind-hearted soul, always thinking of others, and always willing to share her wisdom. Every time we sit down to eat, we use the cutlery she sent to Stephen & I for our wedding. She will always be with us, in this little way, and will always be in our thoughts. Janine & Stephen Higgins.
Dora on the right, aged 13 - at her confirmation.