Father Thomas B. Duncan Remembered for Service to God, Family and Humanity


The death is announced of the late Father Thomas Duncan, which sad event took place on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the J.F. Kennedy Memorial Center.

He was 51.

Born on January 8, 1968 unto the union of Mr. & Mrs. Nawoe, Duncan was raised in the home of Mr. & Mrs. James Wesley Duncan, who became his foster parents.

His first calling into the Christian ministry was to serve as a drummer at the Victory Temple United Church of God in Christ, located in Paynesville. According to his life sketch, he later became president of the church’s youth department and served on the Deacon Board. Because of his dedication to the call of duty, he was ordained as an exalter and served as president for the Nightingales (vocal ensemble) from 1986 till his demise.

While at the Victory Temple, he catered to the spiritual and physical needs of the children’s ministry.

Fr. Duncan began his primary education at the Paynesville Community High School in Joe Bar in the year 1977 and later enrolled at the Nathan E. Gibson High School where he graduated with his diploma in 1988.

He studied Sociology at the University of Liberia and later earned a diploma from the Smythe Institute in 2004. He was also a student at the ELWA School of Nursing.

In 1992, Father Duncan Joined the Liberia National Red Cross as a first-aid practitioner and was later employed at the German-Liberian Clinic in Bassa Town, Paynesville, where he served from 1996-2006.

He joined the Good Will and Lofa Medic clinics for two years in Jacob’s Town, Paynesville. In 2010, he was a Screener at the Montserrado Health Team in Zinneh Town.

Fr. Duncan was also an Officer-in-Charge at the Tucker’s Farm Clinic, Konola, Margibi County.

The late Fr. Duncan was known as a man of peace, humble spirit and a gentle heart. He went out of his way sharing and caring for both the rich and poor alike, thereby creating a near perfect balance between his profession, family and, most especially, his call to the service of God.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Deaconess Sinneh G. Duncan; his children, Cyrus, Tracy M., Famatta, Thomas and Gradiah  Duncan; his brothers, Rev. Victor D. Toby, Sr., Patrick A., Matthew Duncan, David K. Binda; and sisters, Ethel D. Cooper of USA, Exalter Edith V. Duncan, Ms. Massa Duncan and Ms. Olivia Binda and many other relatives.

Following the funeral service at Victory Temple, Paynesville Red Light last Saturday, Father Duncan’s remains were interred at a cemetery in Mount Barclay.

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Lisa Lumeh is an emerging communications personnel. She holds a B.A. degree in Mass Communication from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia. She joined the Daily Observer in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. Since then, she has enhanced her personal and professional development in the field of communications. Lisa loves writing and reporting on issues that concerns the development of youth and women in Liberia and Africa. She has certificates in Media and Communications from the Journalists and Writers Association Foundation in New York, USA; Civic Engagement from the Young African Leadership Initiative-Regional Leadership Center, YALI-RLC, Accra, Ghana along with several others in women's Leadership and community engagement.


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