Carr & Duff Founder Edward Duff Dies at Age 88

Edward Joseph Duff, of Carr & Duff, Associate Member of the Contractors Association of Eastern Pa., passed away on Feb. 28, 2016.

Tue March 08, 2016 - Northeast Edition
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Edward Joseph Duff.
Edward Joseph Duff.

Edward Joseph Duff, of Carr & Duff, Associate Member of the Contractors Association of Eastern Pa., passed away on Feb. 28, 2016. He was 88.

Mr. Duff and fellow PECO lineman foreman Harold (Hap) Carr founded Carr & Duff, with a vision to fulfill the electrical construction needs of Philadelphia's burgeoning Bucks County suburbs. From humble beginnings — with one line truck — Carr & Duff earned utility, city and state contract work.

Carr & Duff became a National Electrical Contractors Association member and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers member in 1978.

Mr. Duff served for 12 years as chairman of the Line Contractors Division of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of NECA. He also served as a trustee of numerous NECA/IBEW Trust Funds and Committees.

Mr. Duff was a longtime board member of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of NECA and also an honorary veteran member. Through his leadership, the company became a premier electrical contractor in the Greater Philadelphia area.

One of his favorite responsibilities was attending equipment auctions to grow and maintain the company's fleet.

Mr. Duff loved being around his family, making and watching home movies, listening to opera music and attending his grandchildren's events. He also had a fascination with fire trucks, stemming from his childhood, and drove his vintage 1951 Ward LaFrance pumper truck in countless community parades in Wyndmoor, Glenside and Hatboro over the years.

Edward Joseph Duff is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Nancy Geppert Duff, along with nine children and their spouses: Anne and Sam Hamme; Patricia and Bill Markham; Robert and Joann Duff; Edward and Pamela Duff; John “Jack” and Judy Duff; Sharon and Ed Nelling; Colleen and Rob Lapkiewicz; Noreen and John McDonnell; Kathleen and Michael McSorley; by his 34 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three of his children: Edward J. Duff Jr., James Duff and Mary Katherine Duff.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. David's Church, 316 Easton Road, Willow Grove, Pa. 19090 or Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, P.O. Box 766, Mishawaka, Ind. 46546 or Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, Pa. 19355.

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