In loving memory of

Jack E. Duffy
May 1, 1999 - May 9, 2019

Jack Edward Duffy, 20, of Horsham, died Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home. He was dearly loved by his parents, William and Colleen Duffy, and his brother, Ryan Duffy, also of Horsham.

A 2017 graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School, Jack was president of the National Honor Society and an accomplished runner on the Cross Country and Track teams. He earned a National Merit Letter of Commendation and was an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. After High School, Jack developed and founded three businesses with the goal of helping others. He studied at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire before taking time off to travel. Jack played chess from a young age and would take on any challengers. He also had a great love of the outdoors and wildlife and enjoyed hiking with family and friends. On his website, Jack stated that his purpose was to "serve, help, and empower others." He will be immensely missed by his family and friends, whom he helped greatly with his sharp intellect, kindness, and unique insight.

In addition to his parents and brother, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Virginia Fitzgerald of Oak Creek, WI; paternal grandmother, Belva Duffy of Sycamore, IL; his aunts and uncles: Tim Fitzgerald and Joan Vercillo of Itasca, IL, Kevin and Jill Fitzgerald of Pewaukee, WI, Pam Duffy and Belva Ozehowski of Sycamore, IL; and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Duffy; and his aunt, Kathy Fitzgerald.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday May 30 at 10:00 AM followed by a Memorial Service in honor of Jack's life at 11:00 AM at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home, 1111 South Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to one of these charitable organizations: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at or Panthera at

Tributes and photos may be shared at


Fifi wrote on May 23, 2019:

"Colleen, my deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I pray warm and happy memories of Jack help carry you thru your grief."

Maggie wrote on May 21, 2019:

"Words cannot heal this tragic loss but I wanted to say that all the wonderful attributes that everyone saw in Jack, had their roots in his kind, caring and loving parents. May you find some comfort in the love of your families and friends around you."

Dan M. wrote on May 19, 2019:

"What heartbreaking news. I did Jack's alumni interview for Dartmouth and while I didn't know him well, I learned enough over the course of that hour we had together to realize that he really was a remarkable young man--exceptionally personable and bright. Tolerant, honest, mature--all words I used to describe him. And a natural leader, of the best, consensus-building sort. I was so pleased when he got into Dartmouth--for him, and for Dartmouth. I interview many prospective applicants, but he really stood out--because he was whip-smart, yes, but also because he radiated decency. My heart goes out to you. "

Suzanne wrote on May 17, 2019:

"Dearest Colleen, William and Ryan. I do not know you nor did I know your beloved Jack until now. I have met a beautiful soul and beyond this words do not exist. I hold you all in a place within my heart where the deepest feelings of human love and compassion will live forever. Bless you dear ones. "

Candiss wrote on May 16, 2019:

"My condolences to the family. Please remember the good times spent and hapoy memories- those are God?s gift to us in these hard times. "

Sophia wrote on May 16, 2019:

"I met Jack in a freshman year Spanish class. We both always got to class early and we had sat down next to each other on the first day and since those seats never seem to change, we got to know each other. I remember struggling through Spanish and being so envious of how he seemed to breeze through the class. We struck up a friendship and had met up in one wheelock a couple times to talk and do spanish. He showed me everything that he was working on- how he had mastered Bootstrap, the coding platform and was building a bunch of websites. He was interested in creating two types in particular- people's resume pages and company pages. He'd targeted resume pages as the next iteration of the boring Dartmouth resume that we hand to all our employers. He understood the human element of pictures and good design in making an effect on people. He wanted to help people stick out and knew that he'd be able to make something that would help his customers be more polished and stand out from the crowd. He was also building sites for local businesses both in his hometown with some friends and also in Hanover, I think with some Dartmouth students but I'm not sure. He said he was starting to turn a profit and told me about how he'd be charging a flat fee and then a maintenance fee for updates for the websites. He'd said that I was good with people and I should join him- I could take some of the profits for approaching and maintaining relationships with the business owners and spreading the word of his work throughout my friends. I wish I had. The most interesting things we talked about though were about the nature college itself. He felt that college seemed to be a place where everyone was taught to just think the same and want the same things in life. He'd be frustrated by the expectation that he'd have to produce things that he didn't see much real-world application for. His ambitions lay in what he saw as a more organic and meaningful immediate future- helping people where he saw a need and developing his skills as he went.  I'm not doing this part justice. I don't remember well enough what he said, but the impression that it left was that he was a really smart and resourceful guy who saw a need and had the skills and determination to start creating this small business. I remember also that he just didn't do small talk. We talked about that as well. He cut straight to really deep and meaningful conversation topics and I remember sitting on the one wheelock couch just kind of taken aback at first but then drawn in by his thoughtful and honest reflections. He'd acknowledged that he was no good at small talk- he hated it and thought it wasted time. Why talk about meaningless things when you could really get to know someone better or work through a tough problem together? I'm so sorry for your family's loss. The world needed more people like him. "

April L wrote on May 16, 2019:

"I knew Jack briefly from the one term I got to know him during his freshmen year at Dartmouth. We were both part of a team that tried to make college admission prep and writing essay resources more widely available and accessible. Even though I only knew Jack for one term, he was such a bright and driven person that I admired very much. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with his drive for social impact is what I will always remember. "

Jenny (Edgren) Crubaugh wrote on May 15, 2019:

"So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family at this time."

Timothy Enge wrote on May 14, 2019:

"I was also fortunate enough to teach Jack in two classes during his years at HH. I'll always remember him as a smart student, but more than that a kind young man who asked for my help to use his natural abilities to help research a local environmental issue all on his own. As both a teacher and a parent I am so saddened by this news. Jack's family and friends are in my thoughts."

Joanne Quinn Ravina wrote on May 14, 2019:

" Jack was smart, kind, and respectful. He was blessed with a wonderful family and friends who will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joanne Quinn Ravina "

Nalene Hilker wrote on May 14, 2019:

"I taught Jack for English during his junior and senior years and knew him to be a bright, insightful, and witty young man. It was saddening to see his struggles late in his high school career, and I had hoped for his being able to overcome. My heart is broken for his parents and for Ryan, whom I also taught, as well as all who loved him and hoped the best for him. My prayers are with you all during this unimaginably difficult time."