William A. Duncan
August 21, 1918 - February 04, 2019
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Bill passed away peacefully in his 101st year with family at his side on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at Victoria Hospice.

Born in Tofield, Alberta to William and Jessie Duncan, Bill was one of four siblings. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1920 and then to Blairmore in 1928, where his dad was Chief of Police. In 1937, the family moved to Victoria, B.C.

It was in Victoria where Bill met the love of his life, Dorothy Elizabeth Palmer, where they were married in May 1943, enjoying 65 wonderful years of marriage.

In 1940 during WWII, Bill joined the 5th BC Coast Brigade RCA, serving two years as a Gunner defending the Esquimalt naval base. He went on to study Aircraft Engineering at the Brisbane Aviation School in Vancouver in 1942. Bill enrolled in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in January 1943. Later that year he was transferred to the 25th General Pioneers and completed his service in August 1945 as a Corporal at the RCE Base in Little Mtn. After 5 years of army service, at the age of 27, Bill joined Griffiths & Jones Trucking as a heavy-duty mechanic and driver, retiring in 1977.

In 1948, Bill with his father, constructed the home in which he and Dorothy lived. Despite being visually impaired, Bill's wish was to reside at this home until the end. Bill loved automobiles, loved to travel, built his own motorhome, was a carpenter and model car enthusiast.

Predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years Dorothy, his parents, infant sister Zena, eldest sister Rita (Longhurst), brothers-in-law Bert Longhurst, Alfred Palmer and Ken Davies, niece Marjorie (Bob) Thornton, and nephews Douglas and Eric Longhurst. Survived by his sister Audrey (Davies), brother-in-law Roy Palmer, sister-in-law Vera Beischer, many nephews, nieces and their families.

Those who knew Bill, know he hated being fussed over. There will be no funeral service, his wish is to be cremated and rejoined with his beloved wife Dorothy to spend eternity together. They always said their marriage 'was made in heaven.' Flowers gratefully declined, but if desired, donations can be made to Victoria Hospice. Thank you to the staff at the Royal Jubilee and Victoria Hospice for your kind and caring ways and those caregivers who enjoyed spending time with Bill.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2019.
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February 19, 2019
Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Fondly remembered by his cousins Georgeen Barrass and Sheila Daly.
February 18, 2019
Uncle Bill connected with so many people and will be missed. So many great memories growing up. Uncle Bill was kind, gentle, proud and had such a great quiet sense of humour. He made us all laugh and could connect with anyone at any age. He always had the time to share his knowledge, not to mention he was always there to lend a helping hand. Uncle Bill you will not be forgotten. You had a wonderful 100 years and are now reunited with our very special Auntie Dorothy.
Mark, Wendy and James Palmer
February 16, 2019
So many great memories with Uncle Bill and Aunty Dorothy as I was growing up. They were always kind, caring and everyone loved being around them. I remember as a kid our family at their house and downstairs playing pool and looking at the spotless Oldsmobile that of course Uncle Bill took amazing care of being a mechanic. He certainly loved his vehicles, and if you could buy an used Uncle Bill car it was like getting a new vehicle! Also great memories of them both at the family Cabin-ins every three years, where either one of them always seemed to be in the finals of the Crib Tournament. Here's to you Uncle Bill making it to over 100 amazing years, and now meeting up with the love of your life Aunty Dorothy again.
Gerry and Jackie Palmer
February 16, 2019
He was a kind and gentle man. He and Dorothy are sadly missed already.
Carlene and George Beattie
February 15, 2019
Uncle Bill was funny, gentle and kind. They had no children but he was our favourite uncle because he would always play with us and joke and tease. Aunty Ethel used to call him Clint Eastwood - he was so handsome, quiet and cool. We used to love to go and stay with Aunty Dorothy and Uncle Bill overnight and remember many Christmas dinners at their house. They would always come over to our house and take all of us kids for a ride in a new car they just bought. So many wonderful memories of the two of them, always together. I am so happy that they are together again and think of them both often.
Barb Huonker
February 15, 2019
I remember Bill and Dorothy coming to see us in Nebraska. I was 11 or 12. Probably came to see my grandmother (Wynn Hollingshead Hill) more.
Kathy Thayer Heine
February 15, 2019
Bill and Dorothy were wonderful people,Bill knew everything about the neighbourhood,his house has some history too. we lived across from Bill and Dorothy and got to talk to them often.Bill will be missed but he is now back with Dorothy and they are probably sitting on a swing admiring her flowers already. Take care you two. Our condolences to the families.
Les and Teresa
February 15, 2019
Many many good memories.
Our whole family will miss you Bill.
Love you to the end.
Roy Palmer
February 15, 2019
The Canadian Military Engineers extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow.

Brigadier-General Steve M. Irwin, CD (Retired)
Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers

Canadian Military Engineers Association
February 15, 2019
Cathy & Steve Palmer A great uncle who will be missed
February 15, 2019
A life well lived.Bill and Dorothy were our neighbours living across the street for decades.Bill watched our family home being built in 1954,and we were sad to say goodbye in 2015.Bill knew everything about the neighbourhood.I always enjoyed talking to Bill,we also had some flowers in our rock garden from Dorothy.He was a smart man and will be missed,He now can sit on the swing with Dorothy and enjoy each other once again. Goodbye Bill say hi to Dorothy.
Les and Teresa M
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