Thomas Alexander Ross Duncan

July 20, 1925 ~ January 30, 2018 (age 92)

Thomas Alexander “Ross” Duncan born July 20, 1925 in Boston MA, died January 30, 2018. Oldest son of Isabella McPherson Duncan and Thomas Duncan.  Predeceased by parents and younger brother Neil (Lorraine – deceased) of South Weymouth MA.  Survived by the love of his life, Shirley Scott Duncan of Olmsted Township OH, children Scott (Ann Eastabrooks) of  Andrews NC, Keith (Kathy Bartlett) of Georgetown KY, Nancy (Malcolm Porter) of Bexley OH.  Grandchildren Audrey and Evan Porter.Cousin Ian McPherson survives along with Duncan nephews Jeff (Jody) and Dean (Diane) and their children; many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Ross was a perennially upbeat and positive person. During WWII he left Weymouth High School and enlisted in the Air Force, joining the 398th Bomb Group, training as a pilot and gunner. Stationed in England, he met his grandmother for the first time on VE Day, in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended Boston University on the GI bill and earned his degree in radio broadcasting in 1950.  He became the traveling secretary for his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. While on a visit to Thiel College, he had a blind date with Shirley. They shared the rest of their lives together, being married for 66 years. He worked for the Imperial Typemetal Company before becoming self-employed as a manufacturer’s rep. in the heating and cooling industry.  In 1979, they started a successful Shaklee business. In his beloved Berea, Ross served on City Council for two terms. He was later active with the Berea Bicycle Committee and Rotary; named a Paul Harris Fellow. Member of Christ United Church after years at St. Paul’s Lutheran and Bethel Lutheran churches.  He was an excellent greeter, usher, lay reader, committee member and snow shoveler. He loved to joke and cut comic strips to share with friends, children and his grandchildren.  He never met a stranger.  He believed in honesty, integrity and hard work.  He exemplified those traits in his own life. Memorial Service, Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 am at Christ United Church, 23114 West Road, Olmsted Falls, Ohio, 44138, where friends may call Saturday from 10-11am (time of service). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift in memory of Ross at Boston University Annual Fund, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02215.

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