He had moved to Bullhead City, Arizona, and was suffering from brain cancer
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
BULLHEAD CITY, AZ (ANS – June 22,2018) – Well-known Christian broadcaster, Warren Duffy, has passed to his eternal reward following a long battle with brain cancer.
He died in Bullhead City. Arizona, on June 13, 2018, at the age of 80.
His close friend, Bruce Sonnenberg, who God used to help Duffy become a committed Christian, said in a Facebook posting, “He’s Moved!! I sadly, yet with great joy, share that my dear brother Warren Duffy has moved to Heaven! And I can see that big, big, smile as he worships his Savior, Jesus!”
Duffy had quite a career, working on the east and west coasts for many years in radio, also as the PR man for the Beach Boys, and later for Robert Schuller at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, but he was possibly best known for his Southern California drive time show on KKLA from 1994 to 2004.
In fact, I, along with Bruce Sonnenberg and Herb Hall, were the main guests on his first ever show, and some years later, I saw the pulling power of Duffy’s program, when I asked him to Emcee Rick Wakeman’s ASSIST benefit piano concert at Calvary Chapel Cost Mesa, California, and, after promoting it on the air, some 7500 people turned up, a record for the church, and had to be accommodated all over the campus.
It was later released as a video and CD to help ASSIST and Rick has used this format scores of times with his piano concerts during which he shares about the story of each song that he recorded on.
After leaving KKLA, Duffy hosted a weekly show for a while on KWVE in Santa Ana.
Terry, his first wife, died in 2002 from cancer, but her memory lives on through “Terry Kids” on the He Intends Victory website (https://heintendsvictory.org/about-terrys-kids) and he later married Pam, who was a family friend.
On April 2016, Duffy, was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer, which he had previously recovered from, and during his 18-month battle, he had remained joyful and valiant.
I was able to talk with him by phone, a few weeks before his death, and we had a lovely chat during which he said he was ready to “go home.”
Bruce Sonnenberg has now announced, “Duffy’s Coronation Celebration will be July 13 @ 11am at Refuge Calvary Chapel across from Bella Terra Mall in Huntington Beach. All are welcome.”
Photo captions: 1) Warren Duffy at the microphone. 2) Dan Wooding recording his radio show.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 77, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in North Wales, UK, with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 55 years. After living in Southern California for 36 years, the couple moved back to the UK three months ago, and have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live there. He has written some 45 books, and is one of the few Christian journalists to report from inside North Korea. Dan has two TV shows and one radio shows, and despite some serious health problems, he is keeping busy with his media work.