Ida K. Duffy
December 8, 1938 – March 11, 2020
“Ida” Aphrodite Duffy passed away at the age of 81 with family by her side on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 8, 1938, Ida was the daughter of Greek immigrants Leonidas and Isabella Krekoukias. She attended Boston Girls’ High School where her favorite subjects were English, Music and Art. She spent many days with her older sister Rose while her parents were busy at work in their restaurant, Standard Lunch. In 1956, she wed Theodore Demopoulos (who predeceased her in 1998) at the age of 18, moved to Somerville and began their family one year later. They had four children together, one daughter and three sons. She stayed home to raise her children full-time, which was one of the greatest joys in her life…most of the time. They were a handful!
In 1984, she remarried to the love of her life, Dennis Duffy. They spent 29 fun-loving, happy years together. They met at MIT Graphic Arts where she worked as a receptionist for many years. After retirement in 1999, they moved to Dennis Port, MA where they called “Duffscape” home sweet home. During this new chapter in her life she was able to devote more time to the things she loved. Ida was an avid reader and lover of the arts, attending many concerts, museums, movies and plays. She loved to shop and was known for finding the best deals. Ida found joy in feeding and watching the birds in her backyard, tending to and admiring her gardens, spending time at the beach, and walking along the ocean. Ida also loved to cook and bake. Her specialties were her kourabiedes, dolmades, baklava, chocolate chip cookies and baked macaroni and cheese. She’d always make your “favorite.”
Ida was an active member of the Dennis-Yarmouth Women’s Club for over 15 years. There she was involved with many charitable events that benefited the community. It gave her great pleasure to help others. Ida was also a member of Newcomers Club where they met monthly to discuss current events, as well as a long-time member for their book club.
Beyond anything in life, her greatest love was being surrounded by her family. Ida’s legacy continues through her daughter Lisa and her husband Gary David and her three sons, Chris, Lenny and Michael Demopoulos. Her love is also carried on by her adored grandchildren, Leigha-Rose and her husband Sam Mauro, Christopher and his expectant wife Jenn Demopoulos, Emily Belanus and her partner Aaron Small, and Matt and his wife Melissa and children Olivia and Julian Kardonsky. Ida was looking so forward to the birth of her great-grandson, due in May.
Ida was an extremely passionate, kind, giving, sweet woman whose smile, love and laughter warmed your heart. She would often say, don’t spoil my fun when freely giving. When going through difficult times, her famous words were, “it could be worse” and “this will all be a memory someday”. She always looked on the positive side of life and was so grateful for what she had.
The year before her passing, she took the trip of a lifetime to her homeland, Greece with her children and grandchildren. There she traveled the Peloponnese region and was able to share with her family her mother’s home village, Filiatra. We made many great memories that she talked about so often. We will always carry these memories and those of all our shared times together, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, annual cookouts on the Cape and many more.
A private gathering will be held with immediate family to spread her ashes along the ocean with her beloved Dennis. A celebration of life will be held at a later date (due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19). To honor Ida’s life, consider making a donation to the Dennis-Yarmouth Women’s Club. Checks can be sent to P.O. 952 West Dennis, MA 02670.
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Ida K. Duffy
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Lee, Theo, and Alex Marston
April 3, 2020
I apologize for not sharing a memory earlier. Ida was a wonderful person and played such a huge role, along with Dennis in helping us start our family. Her kindness and compassion we're obvious to anyone who met her and she and Dennis were two of the nicest people you could ever meet. She loved and was so proud of her family. Her loss is felt by everyone who was lucky enough to have known her and our hearts go out to your entire family.
Jack and Wannee Fernald
March 30, 2020
My wife and I owned a small restaurant in Dennis Port and Ida was a regular for us. She was a very warm and loving woman. She brightened our day whenever we saw her. We will miss her greatly. Our warm wishes to her family.
March 17, 2020
Aunt Ida, Every time I have a strawberry ice cream soda you are there with me, laughing and sharing secrets. I was so happy being your flower girl when you married my uncle Teddy. I will never forget making daisy chains with you up the hill from Yiayia’s house. Love always, DiAnne
March 16, 2020
I’m awfully sorry to hear about Ida’s passing . She will be remembered for her acts towards others.
My Best ,
Mike S. Duffy & Susan Cannon
March 15, 2020
My siblings and I grew up with Ida and her sister Rose in the South End of Boston. Our parents were all from the same area of Greece and we visited often. I have fond memories of Ida and her beloved dad having us in hysterics with their special humorous antics. To me, Ida in addition to her other talents, always had that spontaneous humor. We will miss her dearly.
March 14, 2020
Dear Lisa, What beautiful tribute to your beautiful Mom.She was a very special lady full of life ,love and inspiration.Now I know where you get it from...she shared all her attributes with you.My deepest sympathy to you and your family.Prayers for you to find comfort in the support of family and friends and lessen your heartache and pain.Her heart lives on in you...the two of you are one....love that transcends time✨much love to you all,Kathy Gagan
March 13, 2020
Lisa, Chris, Lenny, and Mike: I am so sorry about your Mother’s death. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I considered your Mom one of my dearest friends and will certainly miss her very much. I will always remember the times we shared (my Jim, Ida, and Dennis) on so many happy occasions! There was always a smile on her face, or a laugh to share! Ida was so kind and caring. And, she loved her family totally! You, Dennis, and her grandchildren were her world! I hope the happy memories you have will ease your sorrow in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bette