California Professional Firefighters

LODD: Retired Fire Captain John Duff

It is with great sadness that IAFF Local 3431 announces the passing of Retired Fire Captain John Duff. John passed away with his family at his side on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 after a long and hard battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Diana and his children Ben, Hanna, and Caleb.

Captain Duff had a deep interest and raw talent in providing better and safer emergency services to the public. John was one of Ventura's first water rescue technicians, was on the forefront of handling hazardous materials incidents, and furthered the Ventura Fire Department's role in rescuing people from difficult places as part of the Urban Search and Rescue team. John was an outstanding member of the Department and will be extremely missed.

Viewing (open to friends)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Dr, Ventura (corner of Telegraph/Teloma)

Funeral Services

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Grace Lutheran Church, 6190 Telephone Rd, Ventura (corner of Telephone/Lark)

  • Procession of family and Ventura City Fire apparatus to Ivy Lawn Memorial Park
  • Estimated arrival at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine, is 4:30 PM
  • Internment and Fire Department tribute will occur at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park

A few notes:
The service at the church is intended for family, friends, Ventura Firefighters (active and retired) and professional friends. Other agencies that are paying professional respects are being invited to the Fire Department Service at Ivy Lawn. If they bring fire apparatus we are asking them to arrive at Ivy Lawn by 4:15 PM.

There will be very limited seating at Ivy Lawn. Plan on dressing warm and standing. Times at Ivy Lawn are approximate.


In lieu of flowers, the Duff family requests donations be made to the:

Firefighter Cancer Support Network
2600 W. Olive Ave. 5th floor PMB608
Burbank, CA 91505