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DUNCAN, Keith Adam

March 22, 1945 - April 22, 2018


My dad was born in Calgary, AB at the Holy Cross Hospital.  He had two older brothers, Billy and Adrian and sisters Dee and Loralee.  He attended Stanley Jones Elementary School and Crescent Heights High School in Calgary.  After graduating high school, he took a job as an apprenticing printer at the Calgary Herald.  It would end up being the only place my dad ever worked.  He was a paper boy in his teens and he worked as a printer for 36 years.

My dad loved working at the Herald, especially when the Southam Family owned the paper.  It was at the Herald that my dad met my mum, Linda Duncan (Kennedy).  This year was their 48th wedding anniversary.  The Herald is also where my dad met lifelong friends.  They curled, golfed, played baseball and partied together.

To Ralph, Tommy, Lyle, Morley, Charlie, Ricky, the Kennedy’s in England, the McGreevy Family, Midge and Jerry Thompson, the Sisson Family, the Griffiths Family and everyone else that was good and kind to my dad, thank you for being great friends.

My dad was a great story teller.  I loved hearing stories about what it was like growing up in Calgary in the 50’s and 60’s.  A lot of his stories always seemed to end with the cops showing up at his house looking for dad or his brothers.  He used to talk about cruising in his ’67 Cougar, trips to England with mum, great uncle Stanley’s farm in Beiseker as a kid, his infamous trip to Vegas in ’65, and fishing and pheasant hunting in Brooks with Uncle Les.

My dad had an entrepreneurial spirit in him and he always seemed to be working on his next big money maker.  In the late 1970’s my dad and his brother Adrian started a peat moss company.  As a young kid I remember sitting on bales of peat moss on Elbow Dr, watching my dad and uncle make their “millions”.  It was my first introduction into business and it would be one of many ventures that my dad would start.

In 2007 my parents sold their acreage near Chestermere Lake and built a house in Calgary.  My dad always had a green thumb and loved his garden.  It was always an oasis in his backyard with fish, butterflies, exotic plants and flowers.  In 2011, my wife, Shauna Duncan(McGreevy) and our three kids, Keelie, Charlie and Max moved to Vancouver Island.  My dad’s health had started to worsen, so in 2014 my parents moved out to the Island to be closer to us and the kids.

I will remember my dad for his love of music.  He cherished playing the organ and listening to old country artists like Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins.  My dad always thought he looked like Elvis and I must admit, he kind of did.  I will remember the summers when my dad was on holidays from the Herald and we’d stay up late watching Johnny Carson and David Letterman.  Everything in the world always seemed alright when I heard my dad laugh.

A celebration of dad’s life will be held in Comox, BC and Calgary during the summer.  Condolences or messages of remembrance can be forwarded to the family by visiting www.tonefffunerals.com.  It’s been a tough couple of years since my dad’s cancer and dementia diagnosis.  I hope he’s at peace and wherever he is, I hope he’s got jet black hair, a cool suit on and he’s wearing his red Italian shoes.  Say hi to the King for us dad.

-Adam Duncan

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Emma Rimell.


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From: Toneff Funeral Services

Toneff Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jerry and Midge Thompson
Relation: As a great friend for over 30 years.

We will always remember the good times we had with you and Keith, Linda. Hockey fun with the boys, working on the acreage at Indus, and ribs at Tony Romas. And who could ever forget the schemes that Keith would come up with ‘to make a million’??!!!! We’ll remember Keith as a fun guy who was never afraid to tackle a new adventure. I’m sure he is now trying to talk Elvis into a return tour,(maybe even trying to bribe him with a jar of salsa!)
Our condolences to you , Adam and family. Remember the good times, always.

From: Barb Sommerfeld
Relation: Coworker

Dear Adam and family,
We are saddened to hear about your dad’s passing. I loved working with your dad. Especially at Christmas time when he’d bring in his keyboard and play Christmas music. He was a wonderful man. May he Rest In Peace.
Sending our heartfelt condolences,
Barb and Bonnie Sommerfeld

From: Caroline Noseworthy
Relation: Work colleague and friend

Dear Adam l want to send my deepest condolences to you and your family. I met your Dad and the prepress crew at the Herald 19 years ago. I will always remember Keith playing his organ, his fabulous shoes and his great spirit! Great salsa too! I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Hugs Caroline Noseworthy

From: Jody Broadhead
Relation: Friends first, and then co-workers

Adam and Linda,

Jim and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend – and a very good man. We have so many memories of the times we all spent together – mostly in hockey rinks! – while you were growing up, Adam. Jim enjoyed the time he and Keith spent coaching hockey together, and I enjoyed getting to watch the practices and the games with Linda.

Keith always had a story to tell, a laugh to share, an ear to listen with, and a shoulder to cry on. He made you feel comfortable in his home and would do anything he could to help you if you ever found yourself in need of anything.

I was so grateful to him, because he was the one who encouraged me to apply for a job at the Calgary Herald, and I ended up spending years and years working there. He always took the time to talk to me, and, of course, help me with my ads – almost on a daily basis. He was instrumental in helping me feel comfortable in my new job, and helping me understand the “tricks of the trade”.

Of course, he was also my “go to” guy for anything garden related. He taught me so much about how and where and when to plant my flowers and vegetables. He instructed me on which plants worked well together and which one didn’t. I learned which flowers attracted butterflies and which ones attracted ladybugs. He was a font of knowledge, and he loved sharing it with me. And, my garden always did better after I followed some of his suggestions.

Linda, my heart goes out to you. You spent 48 years with this wonderful man, and although you have some incredible memories, I know just how much you’re going to miss him. I’m so glad you’re living close to Adam, Shauna and all your Grandchildren. I’m certain they will help you in this very difficult time.

Adam, I can only imagine how hard this has been for you. It’s never easy to watch a parent become ill, or become confused, or become anything other than the Dad he always was to you. You should know that your Dad was so, so very proud of you! He was always telling people about your life, your successes, your wife and your children. He simply adored you (as does your Mom) and he must have been so happy to be able to spend time with all of you for these past years.

Family was everything to Keith, and, I’m pretty sure, Keith was everything to his family.

I know that Jim and I certainly have some cherished memories of him; and, in later years, after Keith and I had both left the Herald, we were thrilled when we would run into Keith and Linda and get to catch up on each other’s lives. I only wish we could have done it more often.

Adam and Linda and the whole Duncan family, please know that Keith was a good man, an honourable man, and a good friend! He will be sadly missed, but we are happy to have had the chance to know him for as long as we did.

Our thoughts and love are with you. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you.

Jim and Jody Broadhead

From: Jack Rooksby
Relation: Fellow printer at the Calgary Herald.

Sincere condolences to all the family. A wonderful friend, a great co-worker. Rest in peace Keith.

From: Jonn Broadhead
Relation: Family friend

I was so sad to hear about your dad. I have a lot of great memories of him, mostly of his unique laugh. As a kid, I loved that “ra-ha” deep in the belly laugh of his! It might sound weird, but, back in those Indus days i would actually try my hardest to make Keith laugh, just to hear it. Makes me smile to think about it.
Give your mum a big hug for me and just know that your Dad made an impact on my life, and I still remember that to this day.
My thoughts and prayers to you buddy.
Jonn Broadhead

From: Eileen Bourassa

Shauna, I didn’t know your father in law but he sounds like a wonderful man . Boy, did your Adam do a wonderful job writing that great obituary.
Condolences from us and hugs to you all.
Eileen and Fern Bourassa

From: Monika Kuczaj and Kyle Kerr

Dear Linda and Adam,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s so difficult to go through and will change over time. Cherish the good memories and share the stories with each other. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.
Love Monika and Kyle

From: Laura and Dan Sevrens
Relation: Friends

Linda, Adam and family.
So saddened to hear the news of Keith’s passing. He is gone, but will never be forgotten.
With sincere sympathy,
Laura and Dan

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