Cold Spring couple celebrates milestone anniversary

By Alison Rooney

Harry and Eileen Duffy 2013
Harry and Eileen Duffy

Harry and Eileen Duffy tied the knot on Oct. 17, 1953, and 60 years later, they celebrated their anniversary with a large family party in Cold Spring. The couple, both born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, moved to Putnam County back in 1970.

Their three daughters graduated from Carmel High School and their son graduated from JFK High School. One daughter currently lives in the same house where the Duffy children grew up together. Her three children, Alex, Julia and Nic Baldenko graduated from Carmel High School. Three more grandchildren live in New Fairfield, Conn.: Nick, Ana and Emma Duffy.

The elder Duffys moved to Cold Spring in 2002, and were enthusiastic audience members for the many local musical and theatrical performances that included two of their grandchildren, Haldane grads Shauna and Kiran Kalantri, now both studying at State University of New York at New Paltz.

The secret to the success of such a long union is “Truly caring for each other,” Harry said, and “Patience, plus he is still handsome!,” according to Eileen.

Photo courtesy of the Duffy family

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Rooney was the arts editor for The Current since its founding in 2010 through April 2024. A playwright, she has lived in Cold Spring since 1999. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in history. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of Expertise: Arts