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Joy W. McDuffie, former club owner was a community activist

Jan. 20, 1956 – Nov. 21, 2015

Joy Wiley McDuffie, of Buffalo, a business owner and community activist, died Nov. 21 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 59.

Born in Buffalo, the third of 12 children, the former Joy Wiley was a 1972 graduate of Holy Angels Academy. She earned an associate degree in accounting at Erie Community College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Medaille College and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University at Buffalo.

Ms. McDuffie began as a business analyst and supervisor at Union Carbide’s Linde Division, then opened her own business, Club Joy, a nightclub at Kensington and Olympic avenues, in 1991, which she operated for more than 15 years.

She also owned Kensington Development Corp. of Western New York, which purchased and restored homes. In 2008, she joined the Western New York Law Center, where she was a geographic information systems analyst and director of the mortgage default program, assisting homeowners facing foreclosure.

Long active in community affairs, she was a leader in the Good Neighbor Planning Alliance, served on the Joint Schools Construction Board and headed the Buffalo School District’s dropout prevention committee for three years. She also was a board member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

In 2010, she received a local Women’s History Month Award and a national honor, the Second-Half Champions Award, which recognizes achievements of people 50 and older.

Survivors include two sons, Jamar and Rashied; her parents, Izine Mullins Brice and Curtis Laster; seven sisters, Judith, Cearah, Lisa, Karen, Kizzie, Tanya and Tammy; two brothers, Orvin and Mark Anthony; and six grandchildren.

Bishop Darius Pridgen will lead a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Friday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.

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