Ralph Duffell

Obituary of Ralph E. Duffell

Ralph E. Duffell, 83, of Freehold passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at HMH Southern

Ocean Medical Center, Stafford Township. He was born and raised in Chicago. Along with his

wife, Barbara they raised their family in Chicago before moving to Maplewood. In 2013, Ralph

settled in Freehold. Ralph had a 50 year long career in the printing business. In Chicago, he

was a mentor/leader for the Junior Achievement where his group made fudge as their business.

Fudge making became a family tradition and they had the store “Make It Fudge” in Maplewood.

Ralph was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4504 in Union. He was active with the

Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts in Chicago and then in Essex County. After moving to Freehold, he

joined the Freehold and Manalapan Senior Centers where he immediately volunteered to help

the other seniors with computer skills/issues and set up computer centers. He also volunteered

at the concession stand for the Freehold Revolution football games. Ralph was known for his

kindness, constant willingness to help and guide others, and never saying “no”. Ralph treated

everybody like family, loved to host card parties and having his kids’ friends around the house.

In keeping Ralph’s memory alive, at the family’s request next time you hear a song by Queen,

think of him, and remember the good times.

Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Dorothy Duffell; wife, Barbara Duffell; great

granddaughter, Harper Tampier; and sister, Kitti Meshenberg. He is survived by his six

children, Theresa Wavra of New Gretna, Anne Burdett and her husband, Richard of Scotch

Plains, Mary Blood and her husband, Donald of Manahawkin, William Duffell and his wife Carla

of Avon, IN, Richard Duffell and his fiancé, Andrea DiGiovanni of Hackettstown and Patricia

Tomazic and her husband, Jonathan of Freehold; fifteen grandchildren, Bill, Amanda, Donny,

Timmy, Michelle, Bryan, Darian, Bailey, Andy, Courtney, Ryan, Damian, Nathan, Kristen and

Kevin; three great grandchildren, Beaudin, Noah and Rowan; and two sisters, Gale Michael and

Mike Mabry.

Visitation will be held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route

524), Freehold Township on Friday, October 14, 2022, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Relatives and

friends are invited to attend his 9:00 AM Funeral Service on Saturday October 15, 2022, at the

funeral home with his burial to follow at Graceland Memorial Park, 1900 Galloping Hill Road,

Kenilworth, NJ 07033. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ralph may be made to

Freehold First Aid Squad, 18 Spring Street, Freehold For information, directions or to leave

condolence messages to the family, visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com

1…2…3 GUT!






5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, October 14, 2022
Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home
100 Elton-Adelphia Road
Freehold Township, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Service

9:00 am
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home
100 Elton-Adelphia Road
Freehold, New Jersey, United States
(732) 462-8426

Final Resting Place

11:30 am
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Graceland Memorial Park
 1900 Galloping Hill ROAD
Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States