Michael “Mike” Duffy, 71, of Davenport, died peacefully and surrounded by family on January 21, 2022. Despite being fully vaccinated and boosted, he died of pneumonia following COVID.
He joined Per Mar Security and Research Corp, the company founded by his parents, John and Eleanor (Duax) Duffy. After success at an entry level job (cleaning dog kennels), Mike was promoted during high school and college to work as both a dispatcher and a scheduler. These early work experiences influenced one of Mike’s core values: Treat people from all walks of life with equal respect. Mike was an avid couponer and yet a generous tipper. Mike had a quick wit and an incredible (Irish) sense of humor that was known to many but most loved by his family.
In the early years, Mike held various positions at Per Mar including Dispatch Supervisor, Alarm Manager, Vice President of Operations, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, President and CEO. During his term of leadership, the company completed more than 80 acquisitions of life safety companies, eventually becoming the largest family-owned full-service security provider in the Midwest while also operating one of the largest fire alarm sales and service companies in the country, Midwest Alarm Services. Mike was a licensed Private Detective in seven states and held the level of U.S. Government Secret Clearance, in addition to being involved in many boards and committees within the industry. Mike also was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and the Top Gun Forum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to honor Mike may be directed to the Scott County Catholic Schools Foundation or the Women’s Choice Center.