A Memorial Service will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home with Father Patrick Wendler, officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.
He is survived by his wife and dance partner, Kathleen Duff; his sons, Steven Duff and Michael Duff; his daughters, Anne Huston, Laura (Dennis) Hafeman, and Laina (Michael) Uttech. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ashley, Justin, Brandon, Amanda, Nina, Aliza, Elsa, and Benjamin, and a great-grandchild, Gabriel. He is further survived by his brothers-in-law, Michael (Tina) Di Capua and Ralph (Karen) Di Capua, as well as many friends, other relatives, and loved ones. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Chuck, or “CJ” as he was known in the south, was born in Hazard, Kentucky on October 16, 1935, the son of Dora (nee Whitaker) and Lillo Duff. On September 27, 1975, Chuck married the former Kathleen Di Capua at Holy Rosary Church in Chicago. He was a true southern gentleman; Chuck was nice to everyone and whether a stranger or friend, he enjoyed taking the time to have a friendly exchange. After moving to Watertown from Chicago in 1989 with his family, Chuck knew he found the place he wanted to stay forever. He loved living here, the community, and the friends he made.
Chuck was a member of the Marine Corps League, loved watching Irish dancing, and thunderstorms. He was the best storyteller; one of his family’s favorite pastimes was to listen to his tales of growing up in the south, working for the union, and about his gunslinger uncles. He worked in advertising sales and considered himself the “world’s worst salesman” because he never thought of what he was doing to be selling. He was making friends, and helping these friends with their advertising needs.
Chuck enjoyed competing with the beloved family pet, a Schnoodle named Noli Cannoli, for head rubs, and fighting with the tolerated family pet, Mick the Quaker Parrot, for Kathy’s pasta.
A special thank you to the Rainbow Hospice staff for the compassion and care you provided to our loved one. We will be forever grateful for the kindness you demonstrated during this difficult time.