Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Stanley Duncan's grieving family in plea for charity he loved

Stanley Duncan
Stanley Duncan

The family of a civil servant who died in a fishing accident have asked those who knew him to support a charity close to his heart.

Stanley Duncan (57), chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA), lost his life after falling into the water at Portstewart harbour in Co Londonderry on Tuesday.

The father-of-two from Comber, Co Down, had worked in the Civil Service for 36 years.

He was heavily involved in charity work and had taken part in a number of trips to Albania to deliver aid to street children.

Ahead of Mr Duncan's funeral, which takes place tomorrow, his family requested that anybody who wishes to make a donation do so towards the impoverished young people of Albania.

Family friend David Farrell said that he had known Mr Duncan his entire life. "He was a great person for coming alongside you and encouraging you," he said.

"He was honest, had integrity. He was a first-class individual who will be sorely missed by us all."

Environment Minister Alex Attwood was also among those who expressed their sorrow over the tragedy.

"I wish to express on behalf of myself, the Department of the Environment and wider Government, our sympathy to his wife, daughters, parents and family at Stanley's death in such tragic circumstances," he said.

Three former Environment Ministers also expressed their sadness. In a joint statement, Arlene Foster, Edwin Poots and Sammy Wilson said: "The news of Stanley's death has come as a great shock and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.

"We always found Stanley to be a very reliable and honourable man and he will be greatly missed by all those who came into contact with him."

Mayor of Coleraine Samuel Cole said it was a very sad time for the Duncan family.

"I'm devastated to hear the terrible news of somebody that was so well-known in Coleraine County Hall," he said.

Police are continuing to investigate the death, but have said it is not being treated as suspicious.

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