Sad new to relate, multiple-time winner of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues' MIMIR individual contest Phil Duffy passed away yesterday (Sunday 16 September) after a 10 month fight with cancer.
Phil exits this world far too early and leaves behind him a family as well as friends in the quizzing and football world. As good a quizzer as he was, his love of football and commitment to local youth teams meant he was never able to attend anything like the number of quiz events he'd have liked to. He did however compete in the World Championships a couple of times - including the very first one at Vila Park - and twice attended the Rainhill GP (2009 and 2011); on the first of those occasions his brother Peter attended also, tying with him in the individual contest!
Like myself, Phil was a former civil servant with the DHSS/DSS/DWP in its many incarnations and I had the 'misfortune' to face him and his team many times in HASSRA (sports & social association) events quizzes. Returning from one of these contests in West London I gave him a lift to Villa Park, for the very first World Quizzing Championships. I can well remember him chatting about some of the other Merseysiders who would be competing that day and his warm praise for the quizzing ability of his mate, Alan Gibbs.
Phil was a popular, likeable guy, always pre-disposed to smiling and enjoying a laugh with friends. He will be sorely missed by so many people!
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
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