Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


Kathleen Mary Duffett

August 12, 1927May 3, 2020

Duffett (Boudreau) Mary Kathleen “Kay”- of Halifax

It is with heartfelt sadness that the family announces the passing of Kathleen “Kay” Duffett, age 92 on May 3, 2020, at Northwood Manor. Kay was born on August 12, 1927 in Halifax to Thomas and Albina (Cyr) but spent her early years on the Magdalene Islands. Kay was predeceased by her husband Henry Thornton Duffett July 9, 2011.

Kay worked for many years in the laundry at the IWK Hospital and worked with the cleaning crew at Nova Scotia Province House for over 30 years. She was famous for her hand-cut homemade french fries; neighbourhood kids would beg to be asked over for lunch.

Kay will forever be remembered by her two sons Henry (Joanne) and Thomas (Shelagh), grandchildren Jennifer, Jason (Ashley) and Hayley (Nick), and great grandchildren Riley, Zachary and Reese and brother Paul (Debby) Boudreau and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kay enjoyed watching TV especially golf, Coronation Street and General Hospital. She was a great knitter and would spend hours playing card games on the computer. She always was ready to go to Bingo or play a good game of cards like crib, 45s and Skipbo at home. She loved when her family and friends visited her at Northwood. She enjoyed being taken for for rides around the building in her wheelchair. Her favorite place in Northwood were the windows on the 9th floor looking out over the MacDonald Bridge and the Dockyard where her husband worked for many years. Kay was excited and happy to meet the latest addition to her family, 6-week-old great granddaughter Reese on February 28,2020.

Kay was predeceased by her siblings; Yvonne (Roland), Edith (Jack), Isabelle (Jim), Linus (Germaine), Evangeline. Viola (Russell), Bertha, and Lucy (Ray) and brother Cletus in infancy, and great grandson Clark in infancy.

A celebration of Kay’s life will take place once it is safe to gather (due to Covid19 virus restrictions at this time). The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and care givers at Northwood on 1C and 2C and 11 Manor for the wonderful care they gave Kay during her stay there.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to: Northwood Foundation, Alzheimer Society or the Diabetic Society.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS B3K 5C9 For online condolences please visit www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.com


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020


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William R Duffett

May 11, 2020

Henry, Thomas, Joanne and Shelagh
Donna and I pass along our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother and mother-in-law. Aunt Kay will always live in my memories of our time in Halifax. May she find peace in heaven with your Dad and have a cup of tea with Aunt Ivy and Uncle Charles.
Bill, Donna, Reese and Naida

Paul Pottie

May 8, 2020

To Henry, Joanne, Jennifer, Jason, Tom, and the entire Duffet family,

Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. As you know, Kaye was a fixture on Pacific Street as our family was. May she rest in peace and may you all cherish many happy memories of her.

Paul & Janice Pottie

Ann Slaunwhite

May 7, 2020

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother in law Joanne.
Her photos and the video with Reese portray a beautiful woman.
Sorry for your loss and her families loss .
Your friends
Ann & Jan

Stephen & Gay Pottie

May 6, 2020

Dear Henry (Joanne) & Tom,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother(-in-law). May she rest now with your dad in heaven.

Stephen, Gay, Jensine & Kiera

G. Bruce Hollett

May 6, 2020

Dear Henry and Joanne:

Phyllis and I would like to pass along our condolences to you and your family.

Hope you are coping in these trying times. Take care and God bless;

Bruce & Phyllis

Caterina Medioli

May 5, 2020

So sorry for the loss of your mother.

Thinking of you,
Caterina Medioli

Linda Brinson (nee Duffett

May 5, 2020

Sincere condolences to Thomas and Henry and all family at this sad time. Good memories of a lovely Aunt. She was well loved .💗

Paul & Irene Zwicker

May 5, 2020

Kay was a wonderful neighbour and a kind friend . We will miss her dearly. So sorry for your loss.

Debra Gilbert

May 5, 2020

Henry, Joanne and all of the family, my heart goes out to you on the loss of Kay. While we only met her a few times, we will remember her for her ready smile and good conversation. She was one of the easiest of dinner guests as she had a true appreciation for the simple things in life, which is a good lesson for us all. Our sincere sympathies.
Debra and Michel Gilbert

Duane Aucoin

May 4, 2020

Nanny Kay was the mother-in-law to my cousin Joanne. She was a beautiful person who always had a big smile the few times she met me! I'm really blessed to have know her and she will be missed.
Rest in Peace


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