Duncan du FRESNE
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du FRESNE, Duncan Henry
Peacefully in hospital with family by his side on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, aged 82 years. Loving and cherished husband of 59 beautiful years to Joyce (nee Bennett). Dear Father of Bruce (Jacqueline) of Colorado Springs, CO, Valerie Beebe (Ross) of Chilliwack, BC and Laurie Chatigny (Paul) of Ottawa. Adoring Grandpa to Samantha, Andrea, Clare and Bennett, and three "granddogs", Deuce, Auggie and Teddy. A renowned and much sought after railway historian, author and founding member of the Bytown Railway Society in Ottawa. Also a retired air traffic controller, Duncan personified everything transportation. When not restoring and running steam locomotives at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Duncan spent many hours cruising down the Rideau Canal system on his pride and joy, the "Channel Island," a 36-foot cruiser he built himself. Duncan will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Many thanks to the ICU staff at the Ottawa Hospital (General Campus) for their excellent care and compassion. Friends may call at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes 403 Richmond Road at Roosevelt on Monday, June 18 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Glebe Ave. near Bank St., on Tuesday, June 19 at 11 a.m. Donations to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation - Intensive Care or Nephrology Unit (General Campus) would be appreciated.
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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jun. 16, 2012.
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August 7, 2012
To the Du Fresne Family:

My heartfelt sympathies for your loss. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Duncan personally at the 2012 RailFair, purchased a copy of his book, and had him autograph it. I remember marveling at the size of his hands, and thinking that they clearly showed a lifetime of laboring on the mechanics of the steam locomotives and other rail equipment so dear to his heart.

I send you my prayers, and Duncan my thanks, for the wonderful gifts he brought us through his founding work with the Bytown Railway Society, and years of pleasure watching, and riding behind his crowning achievement, the resurrected ex-CP G5a 1201.

Duncan, you will be sorely missed.
Bruce Pearson
June 23, 2012
To the Family of Duncan Du Fresne
My sympathies about the passing of an honourable man who knew the value of an honest day's work.
I met Mr Du Fresne just last year at RailFair where he autographed my copy of his book 'When steam and steel get in your blood'.
I shall forever cherish his generosity during the twenty minutes of discussing the era of steam and the CPR 1201.
May he watch over you, always.
June 23, 2012
To the Family of Duncan Du Fresne
My sympathies about the passing of an honourable man who knew the value of an honest day's work.
I met Mr Du Fresne just last year at RailFair where he autographed my copy of his book 'When steam and steel get in your blood'.
I shall forever cherish his generosity during the twenty minutes of discussing the era of steam and the CPR 1201.
May he watch over you, always.
Andrew Tom
June 19, 2012
We are so sorry about your loss - he was a wonderful man and left an amazing legacy in the beautiful children he and your mom brought to this Earth. Please know we're thinking about you and sending our love to all of you....
Love the Bergot's
Dawn Bergot
June 18, 2012
Laurie, Paul, Clare, Bennett,
Our sincerest sympathies at the loss of your Father and Grandfather. I hope the weight of his absence is lessened by the knowledge that your Dad is in a place without pain. Pleas extend our sumpathies to your Mother and Bruce and Val.
Michaela Green
June 17, 2012
Duncan was a kind friend...just last month he gave two friends and I a personal guided tour of the "Back Shop"...I'll never forget Dunc...My sincere condolences to his loving family.
Fred Mills
June 16, 2012
Our heartfelt condolences to the Du Fresne family.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The Robertsons
June 16, 2012
Dear Joyce, Bruce, Valerie, Laurie and families - So very sorry to hear of Duncan's passing!!! He certainly will be missed by all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers are with you on this very sad day!!
shirley lambert-McPhee
June 16, 2012
An icon has passed into history. The face and voice of the Bytown Railway Society will be missed more than one can imagine. My condolences to Joyce and the family. I guess God wanted an engineer for the Glory Railway of Heaven.

Dave Mcbride
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