The Daily Star
---- — David L. Duncan Sr.
MARYLAND — David L. Duncan Sr., 59, of State Highway 7, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, Jan. 29, 2014, in Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.
He was born on April 30, 1954, in Herkimer, son of the late Frank D. and Shirley Slater Duncan. Lifelong area resident he was raised and educated in Richfield Springs and Milford.
On Oct. 5, 1974, he was united in marriage with the former Darlene Hawley in Schenevus. They first made their home in Cherry Valley and for the past 35 years in Maryland.
David was a farmer and mechanic. He first worked for Dave Drake Farms in Milford and later for his father-in-law, Glen C. Hawley at Hawley’s Auto Recycle in Cooperstown Junction. He formally retired in 2002, but would still turn wrenches in his garage at home.
Dave enjoyed watching NASCAR, especially when Dale Earnhardt Sr. was still driving. His real passion was hunting, the outdoors and befriending wild animals in his back yard.
To all who knew him they will never forget the hard working, fun loving man with an unforgettable smile, who was happiest when he was surrounded by his many friends and family, especially his four cherished grandchildren. He will be sorely missed.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years Darlene; two sons, David Duncan Jr. of Otego, Derek Duncan and his wife, Shannon of Cooperstown Junction; one daughter, Naomi Grigoli and her husband, John of Maryland; two brothers and their wives, Frank D. Jr. and Teena Duncan of Schenevus, Joseph and Joyce Duncan of Frankfort; two sisters, Terry Kilts of Cooperstown, Dawn Covey of Richfield Springs; four grandchildren, Trevor Duncan, Jocelyn Duncan, Tyler Duncan and Dalton Duncan; many nieces, nephews and cousins; a special friend, Wesley “Chester” Baldwin.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Steven and James Duncan; and father-in-law, Glenn C. Hawley.
Calling hours for Mr. Duncan will be from 2:30 until 5 p.m. Monday in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. Funeral service will follow immediately after the calling hours at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Ron Fralick officiating.
The family will gather at the East Springfield Fire Department for refreshments following the service.
Interment will take place later this spring in the Schenevus Cemetery.
As an alternative to floral offerings the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Schenevus-Maryland Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.