Thomas W. Duncan, Sr. CHARLESTON - Thomas W. Duncan, Sr., 89, of Charleston, SC, passed away on October 17, 2013 after a sudden illness. Tom was born February 2, 1924 in Columbia, TN to Clarence W. Duncan and Lois Flanigan Duncan. He is survived by brothers, Joe Duncan(Patty) of Cape Coral, FL and Russell Duncan(Mary) of Homosassa, FL and sister, Jacqueline Castleman, of Nashville, TN, and six children, Thomas W. Duncan, Jr. (Pat) of Titusville and Flagler Beach, FL, Suzy Parkerson (Larry) of Goose Creek, SC, Cathey Stanfield of Fernandina Beach, FL, Pat Duncan (Melonia) of St. Augustine, FL, Karen Britt (Darrell) of Palm Coast, FL, and Nancy Slaton (Jim) of The Villages, FL and their mother, Sue Wilson (Jim) of Gainesville, FL. He was delighted to have seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gloria I. Duncan in 2003. Tom graduated from Donnelson High School (TN) and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He worked tirelessly in the Duncan family grocery business in his youth and was excited to be an aviation cadet in The Army Air Corps during WWII. He loved flying! After marrying Sue Finley in 1949 and beginning their family in Nashville, they moved to Florida. Tom was a chemical engineer at Lehigh Portland Cement Plant and a City Commissioner in the town of Flagler Beach, FL where he was instrumental in the start-up and development of the town's first water treatment facility. After accepting a position as Chief Operator of the City of Titusville, FL Water and Sewage Treatment Plant, the family relocated for 10 years. He then moved to Amelia Island in North Florida during the development boom of the early '70s and managed the Utility/Waste Water Treatment Plant there for several years. By 1976, Tom had gained a reputation as an expert in the field of water treatment and successfully repaired and made operational a de-saltation unit at The Grand Bahamas Resort. Tom became General Manager of Kiawah Island Utilities in Kiawah Island, SC, during which time he met and married his perfect match, Gloria I. Brutsch, the Laboratory Director of Waste Water Management at Plum Island for the City of Charleston. Tom and Gloria were active members of Coastal Carolina Orchid Society in Charleston for many years, until Gloria's death in 2003. Tom lived to tend to his family, friends, wild animals in his back yard ~ and his orchids! The memorial will begin at 10 AM at Carolina Memorial Park and Funeral Home, with interment following At Carolina Memorial Park, 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC. www.carolinamemorial.com Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston
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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Oct. 19, 2013