Duncan was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England. Graduating from London University in 1948 as a Civil Engineer, he came to Canada with his family in 1957 to continue his career. Duncan was predeceased by his wife Vera (2012), brother Brian (1953), and sister Peggy (2019).

He is survived by his children, John Pennington (Diane) and Janet Trotter (Ted); his grandchildren, Christopher (Bryanne), Jeffrey, Steven, Tyrone (Emily) and Fiona (Randy) and his great grandchildren, Colton, Ryland, Hudson, Remi and Zane. Thank you to Luther Court Community of Care for their kindness and support over the last two years.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Carolyn, Peter & Family

    John, Janet & Family

    Our sincere condolences to you all may the comfort of all your memories help you through this sad period of time in your lives.

    Although we are a great distance from you in England it still feels very sad to lose Uncle Duncan. Although I only got to meet him 3 times, at least it was possible & I have a proper memory not just an Uncle that lived in Canada.

    No matter how old our parents are it is still very hard when they pass, but equally at the age of 95 he lived long enough to see his great grandchildren.

  • Norman and Joan Guild

    John, Janet and families.

    We were sorry to hear of Duncan’s passing, he was a great friend to us when we arrived in Canada from Scotland. He helped us find a place to rent, told us which American cars to avoid and which to purchase and drove us around Victoria so that we could get our bearings. We ended up living one house away from Duncan on Arbutus Road. I (Norman) worked with Duncan for almost 20 years: he was a very clever and intuitive civil and structural engineer and was my mentor during the early years of my career. Rest in peace Duncan, we will miss your wry sense of humour and gentle kindness.

  • Frits Swinkels

    Duncan and I spend many hours together in our kayaks. As you can surmise from the fact that Duncan was an engineer (I am one too), these trips were well organized.
    I honour him as a good man.

  • Lynn Baier

    Condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of knowing Duncan as a kayaker. I feel that he took me under his wing, teaching me so much. I enjoyed his impish sense of humour and his dry wit. He was most proud of his family, and spoke fondly of them often. The kayaking community was most enriched by his mentorship.

  • Lorne Shaw

    John, Diane and family.
    Sorry to hear the news about John’s father. Even when it is expected we know from experience there is still a profound sense of loss, and the tendrils of grief still cling to the heart. Our condolences to you all.

    Lorne & Johanne

  • Dennis Brown

    My deepest sympathy to Duncan’s family.
    I met Duncan many years ago at the beach while returning from a paddle in my kayak. We talked and decided to paddle together. That tuned into many years of weekly outings. Duncan was very good at planning places to paddle. We ended up with a lot of others joining in almost every week for many years.
    Duncan was one of the most interesting guys I have ever met.
    I feel honoured to have known Duncan and Vee. Such nice people.
    Dennis Brown

  • Pat Bourne Nalleweg

    When I saw the picture of your Dad in the paper I read his obituary to confirm that he was your father. The likeness is uncanny. I have many fond memories of being your classmate at Vic High. I just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. Losing a parent is hard. At 95 I am sure your Dad had a good life and you will miss him. Find comfort and peace in your many memories. Sending prayers to you and Janet that you can find support and comfort through the messages of others at this difficult time, especially when funerals cannot be well attended.

  • Anne Bennett

    Dear Janet,
    I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I do remember meeting him on a number of occasions so long ago and know how faithfully he supported all your musical endeavors. He certainly lived to see your family expand and prosper.
    Love to you, my friend, for all that we shared together.

  • Rod Wood

    Janet, John and families. So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Always remember him at the house on Gladstone. Hope you are well and always remember the good times

  • Peter and Olwyn Malone

    Deepest sympathy to the family for your loss.
    We have many fond memories of Duncan and would not have enjoyed the great life we have had in Canada if he had not recruited me in England back in 1975.

  • Terry

    Janet, Ted and family,

    Our sympathies to all of you on Duncan’s passing. May time and good memories ease your sadness. We are thinking of all of your family at this time.

    Terry & Grant

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