Sheila Duffy

March 15, 1934January 18, 2021

Sheila (Burnett) Duffy, 86, of Tolland, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her caring family on Monday, January 18, 2021. Sheila was the loving wife of 37 years of the late Robert W. Duffy. Born in Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada on March 15, 1934, daughter of the late Edgar F. and Doris (Phillips) Burnett, she had been a resident of East Hartford for 41 years prior to moving to Tolland 20 years ago. Sheila was a graduate of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada earning her degree in Medical Technology. A woman of strong faith, she was a longtime active member of South Congregational Church of East Hartford where she was a soprano in the church choir, a former deacon, and served on the Caring Ministry Committee. She was a former member of the O.E.S. Chapter #17 of Glastonbury and sang in the Tolland Note-ables Chorus. She was an avid reader who enjoyed playing cribbage, knitting, golfing, and following the PGA. Sheila is survived by her three beloved children: two daughters, Lisa D. Black and her husband Dale of New Brunswick, Canada, Erin D. Duffy –Pelletier and her husband Charles “Chuck” of Tolland with whom she made her home; and a son, John B. Duffy and his wife Beverly of Ashford. She also leaves five adored grandchildren, Timothy Pelletier, Meghan Black, Kayla Pelletier, Ashley Black, and Ryan Duffy; several nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Alva Burnett of Idaho. Due to the current health pandemic, private funeral service and burial at Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sheila’s name may be made to the South Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. Sheila’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff at VNHSC of Vernon and especially Vernon Manor for the many years of professionalism, care, love, compassion, and friendship given to Sheila and her entire family. The D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • South Congregational Church Memorial Fund


  • Services are Private by Invitation Only

    Friday, January 22, 2021



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