Duffy's Tavern co-owner passes away at 63

A West Brighton watering hole is mourning the loss of the man its named after. 

Duffy's Tavern co-owner John Duffy died last week at the age of 63.

The native Staten Islander purchased the bar back in 1985 with business partner and long-time friend George Froehlich. 

Since then, the Forest Avenue mainstay has made a name for itself as a friendly, neighborhood meeting spot. 

Staff at the tavern tells us Duffy was well known in the community as a compassionate businessman. 

"John was always a welcoming figure in the bar. When the regulars would come in he would always start things off with a nice joke, keep their day going. He was an excellent bar tender gave them great service and he was a great businessman for the community," said Duffy's Tavern Manager Terence Moore. 

Duffy also worked at several other Forest Avenue hangouts, including Jody's Club Forest and the former "Bullpen" bar.  

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