(1916 ~ 2009)
James passed away peacefully at home in his 94th year on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Loving husband of the late Blanche Duncan, he is survived by his older brother Alexander Duncan, Guelph, Ontario, his younger sister Isobel Weir, Edinburgh, Scotland and his children, Stewart (Anne) Duncan of Courtenay, BC and Elaine (Gino) Toso of Rockwood, Ontario. James was loved by six grandchildren, Bambi Bell, Micky Henderson, Fiona Armbruster, Sheena Duncan, Julian Toso, and Mackenzie Duncan as well as five great-grandchildren, Kayla May, Dakota, Owen, Finley and Galen. The family received friends at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David St.S. Fergus on Monday, June 29, 2009 from 1:30 – 3:30pm. Service followed in the funeral home chapel at 3:30pm.
After a trip to Canada as a young man James returned to Scotland and worked as an aircraft mechanic in the Royal Air Force during WWII. After the war James and Blanche immigrated to Canada where James worked for DeHaviland Aircraft. Later James joined his brother Alexander as co-owners of Durose’s Welding, Guelph, Ontario. After retiring James enjoyed traveling with his wife Blanche (1920 – 1999) and he continued his interest in independent living by installing a wind generator, solar panels, and a geothermal system. James’ loved time with his family and took great joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He spent time preparing a book for them about his adventures as a young man in Canada during the late 1930’s. The family wants to thank Community Care Access Center (CCAC) and Bayshore Nursing for all their support during James’ last days. Contributions can be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as well as the Salvation Army.