UPDATE: Community Remembers Mayor Duffy

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SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) – A man who spent years trying to better the South Beloit community is remembered.

Michael Duffy was the mayor of South Beloit, the superintendent of the Durand School District and a former superintendent with the South Beloit School District.

People are remembering the 68-year-old and his involvement with the Stateline after he passed away from natural causes on Friday. Pictures of Duffy and his loved ones sit in South Beloit High School where a visitation is being held.

Duffy served with the Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. He’s survived by his wife Lori, five children, and many friends.

“He was always trying to improve things, so making South Beloit a family-oriented community, anything to improve South Beloit and this community around here is what he would go for,” said Maintenance Director for South Beloit School District, Phil Alseth.

Alseth says he and Duffy knew each other for 19 years and that Duffy was more than just a co-worker. He says Duffy was a friend to everyone.

The visitation continues until 8:00 Tuesday night. A special tribute service will be held Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be followed by a funeral mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Beloit.

SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) – The community of South Beloit is in shock after the unexpected death of Mayor Mike Duffy.

Duffy was in office for three years but had been a leader in South Beloit for decades. Neighbors describe him as dedicated and many in town remember him as a caring boss.

Duffy served as the leader of South Beloit Schools for 15 years, retiring in 2010. His retirement was short lived as he ran for mayor and won in spring of 2011. Many he worked with say Duffy’s legacy will be the passion he inspired in others to make South Beloit a thriving community.

SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) -- South Beloit's mayor has passed away.

South Beloit's fire chief confirmed 68-year-old Michael Duffy likely died of natural causes. Duffy also served as the superintendent of the South Beloit School District for 15 years before retiring in 2010. He was elected as mayor in 2011.

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