Born: September 24, 1953
Date of Passing: March 1, 2013
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DREW DUFF

DREW WARREN DUFF September 24, 1953 - March 1, 2013 It is with our sad hearts we announce the sudden passing of husband and father Drew Duff. Surrounded by his family, Drew passed away at the Victoria Hospital in the early morning of March 1, 2013 at the age of 59. He will be missed but lovingly remembered by his wife Barbara and daughter Melissa, along with his brothers Jim (Cec), Bill, and his sister Janet; nieces Alana and Caitlin; and nephews Justin, Brayden and Darnell. Drew will also be missed by his father-in-law Lars Wass and Barbara's family: Bonnie and Brian Parkes (Chris and Heather), Melanie and Mark Tooley (AJ and Meghan), David Wass and Cheryl Cusack; and special friend Larry Bryant. Drew was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Bill Duff. Drew served with the Winnipeg Fire Department for 29 years and retired as Captain. From the early 1980s to present time Drew enjoyed business ventures along with his brother Bill and wife Barbara. For the last seven and one half years the Howland Hotel located in Beausejour, Manitoba is their most recent success. Drew enjoyed buying and selling cars, scuba diving, fishing, golfing, traveling to Jamaica and Las Vegas. He loved spending time with his friends and neighbours - the "Happy Hour" gang will miss him. Drew was most proud of his daughter Melissa - the love of his life along with his loving wife Barbara, of 26 years. A memorial service to celebrate Drew's life will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m., at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Drew's name to The Arthritis Society. "Rest in Peace (Daddio)... We will love you forever." CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 05, 2013

Guest Book(40 entries)

  • I only became aware of Drew's passing this morning. I am not surprised to see all the messages here. As all know, who have visited this page, Drew was a great guy who always made you feel special. I met Drew in his Hi-Fi days at Western Sound. A man's man, he was easy to like and took great interest in whatever you had to say. Our paths crossed a few times over the years and it was always great to see him and get caught up on what was happening in our lives. To Barb and family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
    - Posted by: Ken (Ted) Pachkowsky (Old Friend) on: May 18, 2013
  • Our thoughts are with Drew's family! The "Duff" family made Oakville a better place for having them here. I remember Drew hustling from table to table chatting with the customers and making everyone feel at home. Nice fella! Sorry for your loss.
    - Posted by: Sandy and Jim Boyachek ((friends of the Oakville Hotel era)) on: Apr 10, 2013
  • My wife and I were aways travelling in South America when we received an email letting us know that our Aunt Marg had passed. She had a full life and was surrounded by her loving family which is what I think we all hope for, and I thought God truly blessed her life. In the same email, my brother said that Drew had taken ill after a holiday and passed shortly thereafter. I was at a loss for words and find it hard even now to adequately express my sympathy to his wife and daughter, as words are never enough and will never replace the empty feeling in their hearts. I know time will never "heal" the wound but it will dampen the pain. I offer these late condolences to all of Drew's family, my cousins and their families and Drew's friends on the loss of someone who was " A good man and friend" to many.
    - Posted by: Peter Dunderdale (Cousin) on: Mar 31, 2013
  • Drew was a good man. Drew did everything good for us. He did a lot for me. He did more than anyone in the world. Drew liked everything, fishing, Vegas. He took me to Reno one time. One thing about Drew, he was one good man and we will never forget him. He will always be with us. Bill, Jim and Janet, I know you have a hard time now. Me too, I'm having a hard time. I'm still thinking about that. I wonder why Drew went to Jamaica for and got sick. He should have stayed home, but he liked to go to Jamaica every winter so we can't help that.
    - Posted by: David Weremy (Uncle) on: Mar 29, 2013
  • My condolences to you Jim, Janet, Bill and family for your loss from a childhood friend. Stewart Ferguson.(West Kildonan)
    - Posted by: Stewart Ferguson (Childhood friend) on: Mar 20, 2013
  • Drew always made a point of coming to see me or having me over to his home when I came to visit Aunt Margaret at various times over the years. He was the only person to ever get me to drink a martini. I'm not sure if drinking martinis was a stage Drew went through or something he always did but he sure was fond of them early 90's. Even when I saw Drew crippled with arthritis he viewed it as a minor set back that would be resolved any day soon. He was such an optimistic person. My heart goes out especially to you Barbara and to you Melissa, also to Janet, Bill and Jim, for it is the ones left behind that have the greatest challenges to face. Regards, Elizabeth
    - Posted by: Mary Elizabeth Duff (cousin) on: Mar 17, 2013
  • Barb, I was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your husband, Drew. Sending you my deepest condolences. I pray that God will comfort you at this time.
    - Posted by: Norma Drepaul (Friend (From Aura's)) on: Mar 10, 2013
  • I still remember all those challenging ping-pong games we had at 13 station when Drew used to go to his locker and bring out his "special paddle". I also remember all those phenominal lunches and dinners Drew prepared for us . One of Drews famous lines that he would always say on Sunday nights when he was going to have dinner with his mom and not cook was "You guys are on your own tonight". I am the last man still living from that crew at 13 station and strange as it seems I am only 59 years old.
    - Posted by: Alex Zaporowski #1012 (Friend and fellow firefighter) on: Mar 9, 2013
  • I still remember all those challenging ping-pong games we had at 13 station when Drew used to go to his locker and bring out his "special paddle". I also remember all those phenominal lunches and dinners Drew prepared for us . One of Drews famous lines that he would always say on Sunday nights when he was going to have dinner with his mom and not cook was "You guys are on your own tonight". I am the last man still living from that crew at 13 station and strange as it seems I am only 59 years old.
    - Posted by: Alex Zaporowski #1012 (Friend and fellow firefighter) on: Mar 9, 2013
  • Dear Barb and family we so sorry to hear the loss. our condoglianze, from Rocco end Pina Macchia.
    - Posted by: Rocco Pina end family (Fiends) on: Mar 8, 2013
  • Deepest sympathy to Barbara, Melissa, and Bill. We have so many great memories of your time in Oakville. Drew was a great guy and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all. Take care.
    - Posted by: Joan & Keith Bogue (friends from Oakville, MB) on: Mar 8, 2013
  • Barb, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Drew. He was a gentle soul, who brought much happiness to those around him. He will be missed.
    - Posted by: Will and Joan Miller (Friends and fellow SCUBA divers) on: Mar 8, 2013
  • Jim and family... I can see the Duff smile in your brother's photograph. I cannot imagine what you all are experiencing. I would hope you find solace in each other as father and son watch over you now. My sincere condolences.
    - Posted by: Laurie gyde (Former coworker Winnipeg Sun) on: Mar 7, 2013
  • Dear Barb, Melissa, and Family, I met Drew and all of you through my very good friend David Wass, and though I did not have the opportunity to see Drew very often, whenever I did he always gave me that very special "Warm and Welcome" feeling that I am quite certain was a Drew Duff hallmark! When I think of him he brings a smile to my face - I can only imagine what he will do for you. Rob Glennie, Winnipeg.
    - Posted by: Rob Glennie (Friend) on: Mar 7, 2013
  • To the Duff family. I am so very sorry to hear of your losses in such a very short span of time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult and trying time. My mother passed just before Easter (April 2012) so I understand some of your pain and I know that they "Will all live in the house of the Lord forever." My most sincere and deepest condolences.
    - Posted by: Bonnie Cuthbert (nee Bradley) ((Very old friend of family)) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • Our sincere condolences to Drew's family on his sudden passing. We have some good memories of his time in Oakville. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    - Posted by: Dale & Shirley Kirton (friends from Oakville, MB) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • My sympathies to Barbra and Melissa, I am very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Drew as an intelligent firefighter. His decisions, comments and ideas were consistently based on things that made sense. In my experience Drew was an excellent Training Officer and Fire Ground Officer. I will miss him.
    - Posted by: Rod Inman (Fellow "self-directed retiree" of WFD) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • Very sorry for your loss, Barbara and Lars. I worked briefly with Drew, he was dedicated and very proud to be a firefighter.
    - Posted by: Scott Hunnie (Fellow Firefighter) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • Janet and family....I was sad to hear of your mother's recent passing, and shocked at your brother's sudden passing. Although we haven't seen each other in years, I will always remember your family as warm, loving and welcoming. May all the good memories provide some degree of comfort during this very difficult time.
    - Posted by: Chris (old friend of Janet's) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • I met Drew about 4 years ago. We met one sunny afternoon at the Howland Hotel. He introduced himself as Drew, Bill's older brother. I said man you got the brains and the looks lol. Drew had the magic to make people feel welcome. You had the feeling a good friend was close by when he was in the room. I will miss you my friend.
    - Posted by: Tick (Rowson) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • I am deeply saddened to hear of Drew's passing. I hope it helps you in some small way to know that others care and are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    - Posted by: Tricia VanDenakker (friend) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • Most sincere condolences to the Duff families on the sad loss of Drew. Drew was a very compassionate and caring man. I will always be grateful for the assistance, support, caring and kindness which he freely gave to my brother Murray for many, many years. Drew will be missed and forever remembered with fondness. Phyllis Matheson (Nee Vance) -Ontario
    - Posted by: Phyllis Matheson ( Nee Vance) (Long Time Family Friend) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • Our deepest condolences to the Duff family. We are very sorry to hear of Drew's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    - Posted by: MHA (Manitoba Hotel Association) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • Sincere condolences Barbara and Melissa. Very sorry to hear such sad news about Drew. Our thoughts are with you and all your family. Ann & Randy
    - Posted by: Ann Mazur (cousin) on: Mar 6, 2013
  • My condolences to all the family. This is a hard time losing two people in your life. I only met Drew once through his mom. I was very young. My prayers are with your family. This is a tough time, live day my day take care of each other. Chappy chuhie and cary chuhie and family
    - Posted by: cary chuhie (mothers friend) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • Dear Barbara, Melissa, Jim, Cec and the entire Duff family. So saddened to read of the added loss to your family. Our memory of Drew is when our sister Diane, was 18 yrs. of age, she passed away just short of her 19th birthday (1975), lost her wallet at Polo Park. She came home so upset as she had just started her first job and it was pay day, so off to Polo Park she went. Surprisingly, the next day which was a Saturday, the phoned rang and it was Polo Park Security, informing her the wallet had been found and handed in by a fellow named Drew Duff. She was so grateful to him and relieved the money had been found. You can be assured that Drew is now joined by your parents during the holy time of the lenten season and looks forward to the day when you as well will join with him in his glory. Take care and God Bless. The Polanski girls. Darlene and Linda
    - Posted by: Darlene Hoffman (acquaintance/friend) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • Barb and Melissa and family We have been so blessed with being able to know Drew. He had an amazing giving heart, strong spirited, full of laughter and joy may you know how much our heart truly aches at the loss of him on this earth. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. All our love Brenda, Bria, Emma and Richard Lee
    - Posted by: Brenda Rocchio (friend ) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • Drew was a pivotal figure in the Easy Street Happy Hour Gang, of which I was fortunate to be a member of over the past few years. He was a great neighbour, a cordial and generous host and lots of fun. My wife Cathy and I wish to send our most sincere condolences to Barb, Melissa and brother Bill. Lorne Colpitts and Cathy McKinnon
    - Posted by: Lorne Colpitts (neighbour) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • Rest in Peace Drew fellow Firefighter.
    - Posted by: Bruce Hallmuth (Fellow Firefighter) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    - Posted by: Lemkey family (friends of Jim and Cec Duff) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to your family.
    - Posted by: Patrick (Co worker) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • Absolutely shocked at Drew's passing. I worked with him a few times and met him before I got on the job through Brian. I always liked Drew and I am sorry to hear he is gone.
    - Posted by: Scott Miner (Colleague) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • My condolences to Bill and Drew's family. A sad loss to the MHA group. Always enjoyed time with spent with Drew, he was a good man.
    - Posted by: Jamie Hay (Friend) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • So so sorry Drew was a gentle giant who I will miss lots very kind and caring person. David I am sorry for your loss
    - Posted by: Kevin (Friend) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • To the Beautiful Duff Families, my heart aches for you all as I too know your pain after the loss of my dear mother in Sept(2012) and a month later my twin brother Bobby Oct (2012). Hold each other tight with Love & Grace. I pray for strength to get you through this difficult time. Know they are together now in God's gracious hands. Hugs Danuta & Joe Strebly
    - Posted by: Danuta (Donna) Strebly (An old acquaintance of Jim,Cec & Bill) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • My most sincere and deepest condolences to everyone that knew Drew. Some of my earliest childhood memories involve hanging out with Drew in his backyard pool. He had always been there for my family and especially my father. Among Drew's many accomplishments, the one I will always be most grateful for was for everything he did for my father. When my father was in very rough shape, Drew went far beyond the call of duty and he quite literally saved my father's life. I will be eternally grateful for that. Drew, you will be deeply missed. Thank you for everything you have done for our family.
    - Posted by: Robert Vance (Friend) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • My husband JD and I are so sorry for your loss Barb and Melissa. We have such wonderful memories of Drew from our Aura days with you he will be missed. Rest in peace Drew. Maddalena and James Douglas
    - Posted by: Maddalena Potenza Douglas on: Mar 5, 2013
  • Drew was one of a kind, even had happy hour while having a haircut usually timed to meet Larry at Joes. Always proud of accomplishments and his family, will truly miss his cool personality.
    - Posted by: Clay "The Clipper" McMurren (Buddy) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • To Janet and all of Drew's family. Words cannot say enough on another loss to your family, in such a short time period. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    - Posted by: Derrick and Vera Cardinal (Friends of the family) on: Mar 5, 2013
  • Drew had become a part of my life years back, and over time grew into someone I looked up to. He will always be in my thoughts and heart. The world lost a very special person. My prayers and love go out to all who knew him, and especially to his wife Barb and daughter Melissa. Take care! Bruce Reynoldson
    - Posted by: Bruce Reynoldson (Good friend) on: Mar 5, 2013

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