Duffy named Friendly Sons grand marshal


First Posted: 3/1/2013

Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick President Jimmy Clancy announced that James (Jay) Duffy will serve as Grand Marshal for the 99th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet.

Duffy was born in Wilkes-Barre on March 15, 1966, the son of the late James (Jimmy) Duffy and Florence Aquilina Duffy. He grew up on Leonard Street in Pittston and currently resides in West Pittston with his wife Katie. They are the proud parents of Chase, age 10, and Cassius, age 2.

Duffy graduated from Saint Mary’s Assumption grade school in Pittston in 1980 and later from Seton Catholic High School in 1984. He went on to graduate from the University of Scranton in 1989 with a B.S. in Accounting.

After college, he worked in the public accounting profession for four years until he took a position with Prudential Retirement Services where he worked in management until 1998. He transitioned from Prudential Retirement Services in 1998 to join Prudential Securities as a Financial Advisor. He left Prudential Securities in 2001 to join Wells Fargo Advisor’s (formerly Wachovia Securities). He is a Financial Advisor and Vice President-Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors for the last 12 years and has offices in Dallas and Milford.

Duffy stays active in his community by volunteering his time in many community organizations. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the Pittston Tomato Festival and is also the Co-Chairman for the Miles for Michael/Tomato Festival 5K Run. He also helps to organize an annual ALS fundraiser in memory of his late Father and participates in many of the local 5k races and fundraising events. He takes an active role with his son’s school and athletic programs by volunteer coaching for the Holy Rosary Boys basketball team’s, as well as, teams in the Avoca Basketball league and the Oblates Youth Basketball league. He was also actively involved with the West Pittston Little League and the Pittston Stoners Soccer program.

Duffy and his family are members of Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish in Pittston.

The St. Patrick’s Day Banquet will be held at the Woodlands Inn and Resort and will feature Colonel Frank Noonan, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, as the principal speaker. William “Billy” Anzalone is the General Chairman.

Award winners this year include: Man of the Year, Mark Casper, and Swingle Award, Andy Ashby.

Ticket prices are $65 for adults and $50 for guests under 21 years of age. Tickets can be purchased from any active member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick or by stopping in the Knights of Columbus in Pittston any Thursday night from 7-9 p.m.

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