Colleagues mourn loss of Parkwood’s Duda

Joseph Duda

os­eph J. Duda Sr., a Park­wood res­id­ent and four-term city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er, died last week. He was 74.

Duda was elec­ted in 1995, re­pla­cing John Kane as the only Re­pub­lic­an on the three-mem­ber com­mis­sion. He was re-elec­ted three times, but lost in 2011 when Al Schmidt claimed the sole GOP seat.

For many years, Duda was Re­pub­lic­an lead­er of the Far North­east’s 66th Ward, tra­di­tion­ally one of the best for the GOP. He also served as ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee.

“I have known and worked with Joe for a long time, and he al­ways put our party first. I am saddened by his death and truly ap­pre­ci­ate his ded­ic­a­tion to our party,” said state Rep. John Taylor, the loc­al party chair­man.

Al Tauben­ber­ger, a ward lead­er who ran on the same tick­et with Duda as the GOP may­or­al can­did­ate in 2007 and as an at-large City Coun­cil can­did­ate in 2011, said, “Joe Duda was the kind of man who cared deeply about his neigh­bor­hood and his city. He could al­ways be coun­ted on to help oth­er people.”

Duda is sur­vived by his wife Mar­garet, chil­dren Laura and Joseph, grand­chil­dren Timothy, Taylor and Kendra and broth­er Steph­en.

Last week, loc­al Re­pub­lic­ans also mourned the death of Jack Boyle, a long­time Ta­cony res­id­ent who served as GOP lead­er of the 41st Ward and was the party’s can­did­ate in the 173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict in 1996.

In lieu of flowers, dona­tions in memory of John L. Boyle may be made to the Wounded War­ri­or Pro­ject, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. ••

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