In memory of Duncan...

We invite your messages to Ruth and the family, and your reflections on Duncan. A good man. Husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, colleague.

The Funeral information is below - Duncan had friends and relations in various parts of the globe who we know will want to pass on a message.

Use the 'Contribute' button to add a thought, a story about Duncan or a photo with you and him in it.




Funeral and lunchtime wake for Duncan Boldy

Duncan's funeral will be held 11am Saturday 17th August 2019*, at "Ocean View", formerly the Denmark Boating and Angling Club. The service will be followed by an informal lunch in the hall as we celebrate Duncan's life.

You are welcome to bring a small memento - something that reminds you of Duncan -  to place onto his coffin during a reflection time in the service.

Finding the venue: "Ocean View Function Centre" is adjacent to the carpark at Ocean Beach, which is located at the end of the bitumen part of Ocean Beach road in Denmark. It has recently changed its name from the Denmark Boating and Angling Club, so isn't in Google Maps. You can search for Ocean Beach Surf Club, which is on the other side of the same carpark. When you turn off Ocean Beach Road into the carpark you will see signs to "Ocean View Function Centre" to your right.

Making a weekend of it: There is an informal plan to gather for a beverage and/or meal on Saturday evening at the Denmark Tavern. You might wish to book a table.

[*We are now able to confirm the planned date and time, as coronial processes are complete.]


17th August 2019 at 11:00 am Ocean View - Denmark Boating and Angling Club Ocean View Function Centre (close to Ocean Beach Surf Club) Ocean Beach Road Denmark WA 6333


Dear Ruth and Family, I can only imagine the sorrow that you are all feeling at this time. I was fortunate to call Duncan my friend, mentor and colleague via the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin. I learnt a lot from him academically, professionally and personally. He had many qualities that one would want to emulate. I will miss seeing him peering over his glasses at me with that mischievous smile arguing the merits of qualitative research. He was very loved. The world is a smaller place without him. My deepest sorrows, Ravani Duggan
Sent by Ravani on 08/19/2019
Auntie Ruth, Dave and Phillip, It's difficult to know what to say, even though I've been thinking about it for days, and I always leave things to the last minute. Growing up the very name "Uncle Duncan" used to amuse my friends - it just sounded funny - and Uncle Duncan really was funny, something I only came to properly realise once I was older. Although on one hand he appeared to not take life too seriously, on the other he was good and interesting to talk with. I always thought of Uncle Duncan as my Dad's cooler and more laid-back brother (sorry, Daddy!) so I'm sure Australia was the ideal place for him to emigrate to and, although he was so far away, he visited the UK often (usually with Auntie Ruth) and played up to the whole Aussie stereotype with his talk of "tinnies" and "barbies"! I never knew Uncle Duncan without a beard... and I never will... so I'll have to make do with the student ID card and wedding photo on the gallery page... so many great photos on there which capture his character perfectly. One of the downsides of being so far away is that we can't be there with you all tomorrow, but will be thinking of you all and will raise a glass.... Cheers, Uncle Duncan. Love from Jayne, Nige & Violet xxx
Sent by Jayne on 08/17/2019
My thoughts are with Duncan's family and friends. Duncan was a valued member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, contributing not only in WA but at a national level. His research work on housing and older people was much appreciated by me in the early 2000s, as was his warmth and collegial approach. Barbara Squires Sydney
Sent by Barbara on 08/15/2019
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