OBITUARY

Michael Patrick Duffy

February 26, 1959March 7, 2013
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Michael Duffy of Dallas, Texas passed away on March 7, 2013 at the age of 54. His loving, reputable character and numerous achievements throughout his life are an inspiration to those whom he leaves behind. Michael was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on February 26, 1959 to Jean Liddy Duffy and the late Martin Joseph Duffy, an executive of the former Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany, and received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He began his distinguished 25-year career in the credit card and electronic payments industry with Credit Bureau Marketing and Equifax Credit Services. From there he went on to become the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at a payment processing start-up company in New Hampshire, which later became Paymentech in 1995. Mike rose to the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2000. Under Mike’s leadership, Paymentech and Chase Merchant Services were integrated in 2005 to form Chase Paymentech Solutions. In 2008, the company became an entity of JPMorgan Chase and part of Chase Card Services. Mike also served as a board member on several other organizations. Mike was an innovator and a driving force within the payments industry. While serving as President and CEO of Chase Paymentech, his leadership qualities motivated his management team, of which many members have been together for 20 years, to achieve great heights within their industry. He consistently gave credit to his long-tenured team, thereby fostering a unique culture at Paymentech that supported the career and growth aspirations of individual employees. Mike was commended for his passionate leadership and strategic vision for the company. He enjoyed the respect and admiration of both his colleagues and competitors. He firmly believed in the philosophy of ‘family first’ and promoted this feeling throughout the company. Along with his passion for business, Mike had an unwavering dedication and love for his family. He wholeheartedly supported his son and daughter with every one of their various academic, athletic and extracurricular endeavors, especially youth volleyball and youth hockey. He loved traveling with his wife and children, and was extremely proud of them. Much family time was spent listening to Mike’s captivating, colorful and engaging stories, as he was widely known for his story-telling and entertaining abilities. Mike was a sports enthusiast. He began caddying at a young age at Mohansic Golf Course and eventually worked his way up to running the pro shop. There he developed his life-long respect for the integrity of the game and his prized low handicap. He was the quarterback for his high school football team, coached his younger sister to a basketball scholarship, and had an incredible memory for statistics about college and professional athletes and teams from all sports. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Ellen Mitchell Duffy, and his children, Thomas and Catherine, his mother Jean Duffy, brothers Robert and Thomas, sisters Kathleen Finck (Robert) and Patricia Kischak (Peter), his aunt Sister Martin Elizabeth, OSB, his nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends and colleagues. A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244 with the Reverend Father Edwin Leonard IV, celebrant. The family will receive friends from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225. Memorials may be offered in Michael’s name to: Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 95 Bradhurst Avenue, Valhalla, New York 10595 or 914-831-2547 or to The Dallas Stars Foundation, mailto:cmelia@dallasstars.com or cmelia@dallasstars.com 214-387-5526.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Michael Patrick Duffy

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Ray Gordos

September 4, 2013

I only met Mike a few years ago. He quickly struck me as an amazing individual. Intelligent, caring, and competitive beyond belief. I felt he had a love for learning and striving to be the best he could be in everything. I only hope one day I can show my family the love Mike showed me he had for his. My deepest condolences to the Duffy family and the Chase family. Mike will never be forgotten.

August 16, 2013

I am Ray Liddy, 1st cousin of Jean Duffy. I am saddened by the loss of Michael and I hope Jean will contact me at rliddy@tampabay.rr.com or at 2523 Indian Key Dr., Holiday FL 34691.

Prabhu Shankar

March 19, 2013

I've been an employee of Chase Paymentech for over 15 years and one of the many joys of working for this company was knowing the Mike Duffy who was leading us to greatness. I appreciate the many times Mike went out of his way for us; he made us proud with his support, his personal acknowledgement, and his love for this company. Paymentech = Mike, the two go together. What a man! I was privileged to chat with Mike many times and I wished the last time I did so, I could have said to him "thank you, Mike, for all you do." Mike, you will be greatly missed.
My condolences to the entire Duffy family.

Cheryl Richter

March 18, 2013

Mike Duffy was an incredible leader and famous in the payments industry.
I will always have fond memories of being a guest of Mike hosting a dinner for their merchants at conferences. It was always full of stories, gut busting laughs, lots of excellent wine, and the best steaks!
I remember his competitiveness in golfing. I walked into the club after a tournament, and of course Mike and his team were sitting at the table as they are already finished hours before the rest of us! Mike had such a big heart and he will be greatly missed.

Jeff Newman

March 18, 2013

Mike was my friend for more than 20 years. We had a lot of good times together. His friendship meant so much to me. I will miss him greatly.

Mary Gerdts

March 15, 2013

Mike will be remembered as a maverick in the payments industry. Mike's gentle persona with his steely resolve made him one of the best leaders in the industry. Mike believed in pushing the envelope for change and constantly striving to make everything better. My sincere condolences to the Duffy family -- may your broken hearts mend with the special memories you have. No doubt the Chase Paymentech family will have some big shoes to fill. Mike will be missed by all,

Kim Nelson

March 14, 2013

I had the privilege and pleasure of working under Mike's leadership for a number of years at Chase Paymentech. I admired his vision and passion for excellence as well as his genuineness and authenticity. He will be sorely missed and leaves a behind a great legacy.

My thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family, friends and work colleagues during this difficult time.

Cheryl Trigleth

March 14, 2013

During my first year with the company, we had a young team member out of our Florida office who had been battling cancer. Dawn had been with the company for many years and was to be honored for her service at a luncheon with her local peers. I was so impressed by Mike who decided not only to fly there to present her with the long time service award, but as an added surprise he also flew many of Dawn's Dallas friends and team to be a part of the special event. That showed me how big a heart that Mike had for all his employees regardless of location. He will certainly be missed and our prayers of support go to his family. God has another Saint in Heaven!

Patti Thomson Gaudette

March 14, 2013

I grew up next door to Mike. Lots of great childhood memories. What Mike achieved in life astounds me. Reading the messages from his colleagues impress upon me what a great person he was. My heartfelt sympathy to Ellen, Tommy and Katie and the entire Duffy family.

Harold Conner

March 13, 2013

I worked with Mike over 20 years ago at Equifax Credit Bureau Marketing, and enjoyed his wit, intelligence and humor very much in our time working together. I last saw Mike several years ago at an industry conference and it was as though the years had not changed. I was very sorry to learn of his recent passing, and offer my prayers for him, his family and all who knew him.