Duncan laid to rest in touching ceremony

Family, friends, colleagues and cricket officials gathered at the New Road Wesleyan Church in Vreed-in-Hoop in West Coast Demerara, to say farewell to the Guyanese who died last week in Trinidad & Tobago of cancer at age 57.

Duncan stood in two Tests and 21 One-Day Internationals, the last of which came in May last year when West Indies played South Africa in Antigua.

High-ranking Guyana Cricket Board officials, led by long-serving president Chetram Singh, were among the local cricket fraternity while West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) senior project officer Roland Holder and director Dr Allen Sammy represented the regional governing body for the sport.

The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) was represented by executive member Wavel Hinds.

International umpire Billy Doctrove of Dominica led a contingent of umpires which included Clancy Mack of Antigua, Norman Malcolm and Goaland Greaves.

Tears flowed freely as a succession of emotional tributes hailed Duncan as an outstanding person and a competent umpire.

“Duncan was a principled person and when he gave you his word he stood by it,” said Grantley Culbard, president of the Demerara and Guyana Cricket Umpires and Scorers Associations.

“Would you believe that he had his notes with him on his sick bed in the hospital in Trinidad since he was planning to return to Guyana to complete his work in helping to produce more good local umpires.”

Doctrove, who represented the ICC international Umpires panel, said Duncan was a “genuine” person who had taught him how to understand the controversial Duckworth/Lewis System.

“He was great with figures and possessed superb patience and he was one of our most intelligent regional umpires because of his sound academic background. Clyde was a great friend and super human being,” Doctrove added.

Duncan is survived by his wife Fay and children Dr Tracey Duncan-Clarke, Joanna, Troy and Susanna. Dr Duncan-Clarke, his eldest daughter, delivered the eulogy.

 

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