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Beloved Veterinarian Dr. Pamela Duddy Dies at Age 47

Dr. Duddy passed away on Friday after a long battle with lung cancer. Duddy worked as a veterinarian at Fanwood Animal Hospital for over 15 years

Beloved local veterinarian and loyal friend, Dr. Pamela Duddy, of North Plainfield, passed away on Friday, April 13 of lung cancer. She was 47.

Dr. Duddy served animal lovers in this community for over 15 years as a veterinarian at , becoming the owner of the practice in 2008. Duddy was an active volunteer at numerous rabies clinics and animal shelters. She also volunteered at the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Duddy graduated Valedictorian from Mount Saint Mary’s Academy in 1983 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1987. She graduated from the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

Dr. Duddy passed away in the Scotch Plains home of Peggy Coloney. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Eunice (nee Scullion) Duddy. She is survived by an amazing circle of friends, her three sisters; Marianne (Becky) Duddy – Burke, Eileen Zimmerman, and Joanne Duddy, her five nieces Nicole Duddy, Emily Duddy-Burke, Rebecca Zimmerman, Fini Duddy-Burke, and Jessica Zimmerman, as well as her Great Aunt and Godmother, Anne Scullion.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at Mount St. Mary’s Chapel located at 1643 Route 22 West and Terrill Road in Watchung. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 16 at the at 1937 Westfield Avenue in Scotch Plains, across from Quick Chek.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, S.A.R.A. (Shelter Animal Rescue Alliance), Heifer International, or the Pacific Whale Foundation.

Emily Everson April 16, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I would like to say a few words about Dr. Duddy. Dr. Duddy was an incredibly unconditionally loving human being. She loved and cared for every creature that entered her office – including humans. Over the years, Dr. Duddy cared for many of the Everson pets – including our dog Zoey, who suffered from seizures, and my gorgeous tabby cat, Willow who broke my heart when died unexpectedly of a heart abnormality when I was 15. I don’t know if I have ever met anyone quite like Dr. Duddy. She showed innocent, adorable animals the same compassion she showed their “parents” who have the capacity to bring so much pain into this world. Losing your pet is an agonizing experience, but when Willow was dying at 6 a.m. in our living room, Dr. Duddy was on the phone with my mom, helping us in any way she could. As we watched our little loved ones leave this world, Dr. Duddy held our hand and made a little bit easier through her solid, stable, and comforting manner. One could not have asked for a better companion to all creatures great and small. My heart goes out to Dr. Duddy’s friends and family. In the coming days, I hope you find the peace and solace Pamela helped us find when we had to say goodbye to our furry friends.
ANS April 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Duddy. She was a wonderful Dr. and like Emily said she had compassion not only for the pets she treated but their owners as well. She always listened to my concerns or worries no matter how small. I hope that she is no longer suffering and is at peace, perhaps at the rainbow bridge.
Gerri K April 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM
My husband and I have known Dr. Duddy since she came to the Fanwood Animal Hospital. She was such an understanding, kind woman. She treated us and our dogs as if we were family. We had complete trust in her as our vet. Her knowledge was awe inspiring. We knew we could always turn to her when we had any concerns about our pets. It's hard to find that personal touch in today's world. She certainly touched our lives and we will sorely miss her.
faith April 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM
i am so sorry to hear of dr. duddys passing
Lorraine M April 16, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I really looked forward to going to the Vets when Dr. Duddy was there. She was such a kind and compassionate person. All I can think about now are all the animals running to meet her at heaven's gate! God Bless You, Pamela Duddy and your family!
firedup49 April 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
My condolences to her family and friends. Dr. Duddy a kind wonderful person, will be missed by all.
Susan Zitofsky April 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Pam Duddy will always remain with us and the entire animal world, forever. As Emily so eloquently stated, Pam was loved by all. Her amazing dedication to caring for the good life of animals will always be remembered. Her collection of every kind of animal gift in her office was amazing. She helped me through the loss of two of my beloved pets, and I adopted a three legged cat which she saved and kept in her office until the right person came along. I will miss her so...she fought a long and tough battle. Love, light and peace, Pam.
DEBBI April 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I have been going to Fanwood Animal Hospital since I came into the area 29 years ago. When I got my persian kitty Boo Boo Kitty Dr. Duddy was so kind and patient with me as it was the first time owning a persian. Boo Boo was never afraid when he was going to see Dr. Duddy and believe me that was not easy for him as he hatted the car ride.. When it came time after 15 years of him having multiple medical problems and it was time to put him to sleep and Dr. Duddy and her staff were so supportive. I will always be grateful to her and her staff she will be in my prayers and I am so happy she is in a better place and no longer in pain. Rest in Peace DR. Duddy you will be sadly missed. Sincerly Debbi Horowitz Querido
SPfamily April 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I echo everything that has already been said. From the minute I met Dr. Duddy I knew my dog was in good hands. When a situation arrived in her office, and our dog had to be re vaccinated, I knew that the information I received from her, was accurate, proper, and the right decision. She handled the situation perfectly and earned my immediate respect. To her family, thank you for sharing your treasured family member with us. We wish you much peace and consolation ahead.
Susan Iaccarino April 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Sue Iaccarino Everyone has already said what I would have chosen to say about Dr. Duddy. What I will remember most was the big hugs she gave one of my kitties as we were leaving. She said, "I want them to think of this as a good place to come." It was for both me and my kitty. May she now rest in a good place, as well.
Marianne Duddy-Burke April 21, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Thanks to all of you for these wonderful tributes to Pam. She was a truly extraordinary person, and it has meant so much to us all to know how her clients appreciated her gifts and commitment. We loved meeting so many of you in person during the visiting hours and her funeral Mass, and hearing your version of stories we'd heard from Pam. Her life and her goodness touched so many! We miss her very, very much.
Emily Everson April 21, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Thank you, Marianne. On behalf of all of us here at Patch, I am so very sorry for your loss.
Jill Rudyk June 29, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I just found out about Dr. Duddy's passing. I am very sad to her that she passed. It comforts my heart to know that she is with all the animals in heaven now, including my beloved dog Lybbie, who received exceptional care from Dr. Duddy. Dr. Duddy was a gifted veterinarian, with a loving soul for both humans and animals. Rest-in-peace Dr. Duddy. You are missed.

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