Memorable Manitobans: John Alton “Jack” Duncan (1932-2007)
He was educated at the Morden Collegiate Institute (1951), United College (now University of Winnipeg; BA 1954), and the University of Manitoba (law) and was called to the Manitoba Bar in October 1958. He practiced law in Morden for 33 years, first with his father Alton Duncan in the firm of Duncan and Duncan, then later with Ken Hanssen and Gordon Hoeschen as Duncan Hanssen & Hoeschen. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1979. In 1991 he was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench, to serve as a Family Division judge in Brandon. In September 1996, he was transferred to the Family Division in Winnipeg, where he continued to serve as a judge until his retirement in 2006.
He served as President (1980-1981) and Bencher (1974-?) of the Law Society of Manitoba. He was an active community volunteer, being a volunteer fireman and fire chief, a member of the Elks and Kinsman clubs, President and honourary life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Morden Branch No. 11, a member of the Board of Stewards of St. Paul's United Church, President of the Morden Curling Club (1961-1962), and a member of the Hospital Board.
He died at Winkler on 5 June 2007.
“Ten Manitoba lawyers elevated to Queen’s Counsel in honors list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1978, page 2.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 2007.
We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 October 2022