Colonial Heights, VA—Many in the Colonial Heights community are mourning the loss of a local business owner known for his countless acts of charity. Greg Duffek died suddenly of a heart attack, and now his family and friend are the ones in need.
From his Colonial Heights tattoo shot, Greg Duffek held countless fundraisers to help the community. His friend Kristen Mckoy reflects on his many kind acts and selfless attitude.
"He thought about himself last. Everyone else came first."
In his shop, Duffek's favorite chair is now empty. Dozens of newspaper articles and letters hang, showing all the ways he lent a helping hand.
Duffek pitched in with food and toy drives; once, he even cut his beard to raise money for a girl with cerebral palsy. Most recently, Duffek helped raise money to aid the family of beating victim Rusty Mack.
Friend Jason Whitrow says Duffek's good nature was almost legendary.
"It made him very happy knowing he could help somebody in any kind of way possible. It's a big loss to the community."
The memory of his generous spirit is why Whitrow helped start a site to raise funds for Duffek's family. Duffek's father is now saddled with hospital bills and funeral costs.
Duffek's, father, Greg Duffek, Sr., says he had to make the most difficult decision of his life just three days ago.
"Remove your son from life support... or wait for him to simply pass on. Those were the only two choices and it definitely devastated me."
The 29-year-old man suffered a heart attack, and was put on life support for a week. He leaves behind a daughter, as well as a soon-to-be-born son. Duffek's girlfriend, Courtney Stinnet, also took the loss very hard.
"It's definitely a very big piece to carry with me forever."
Family and friends vow to keep Duffek's shop open, and to carry on Duffek's legacy of selfless giving.
"He would want all of us to be strong and continue doing everything he can for everybody else."
If you would like to help Greg's family, please visit here.
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