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MACLEAN, Duncan Farrell

July 3, 1951 — March 4, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Duncan Farrell MacLean, who was born July 3, 1951. Duncan passed away peacefully at Polson Specialty Care in Vernon, BC on March 4th, 2024, at the age of 72 with a dear friend by his side and the amazing staff.

Duncan will be remembered dearly by those he held closest to his heart, including his loving sister Alexandria “Lexie” (Doug) Trott; his beloved niece who he adored, Heather Kells and her son, Diego; nephew Stephen Kells; his dearest friends who are like family and who never left his side, Michelle Gunn (Darren), Roy Bosma (Beth), Lynn Falconer (Boyd) and many other great friends and cousins. Duncan was predeceased by his mother Mildred “Millie” MacLean and father Allan MacLean of Collingwood, Ontario.

Duncan was born in Kincardine, Ontario but raised in Collingwood for most of his childhood. In his youth, he spent many of his summers helping on family farms in the Ripley and Kincardine area. After attending university at Ryerson, Duncan made his way out west and took up roots in Kelowna, BC and spent the last 7 years in Vernon, BC. Duncan will be remembered for his impeccable taste, his joy of life and his desire to share happiness and knowledge with those around him. Duncan was an amazing kindred spirit who gave so much of his self to all around him, asking nothing in return. He was a true gentleman. He really loved to entertain his friends whenever he got the chance. Duncan was known to be meticulous and anything he did, he tended to do really well. Duncan had an eye for architecture and interior design. He enjoyed thrift shopping for antiques, painting, restoring furniture, vintage cars, landscaping, winemaking, cooking and had a love for classical music.

We wish to thank the amazing staff at Vernon Jubilee and Polson Care for all the great care you gave to Duncan; it did not go unnoticed.

As per Duncan’s wishes, a cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for close friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, are appreciated.

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  • Marinella Berretti says:

    Duncan was a lovely, kind person & he always made you smile, he will be missed very much.

  • Gayle Ackroyd says:

    Duncan was my first cousin and we always had fun when we were kids on our visits to Collingwood. I really liked Duncans gentle spirit and artistic nature. Gayle

  • Deb Holtom says:

    Duncan was the most inviting, gracious, generous true gentleman that I have ever had the privilege of calling a dear friend. Always welcoming with a beautiful smile and warm hug. I enjoyed attending many of his famous fun, delicious dinner parties and damn the man could bake (one of his many, many talents). You are one of a kind who is dearly missed and very fondly remembered. Much love 💗

  • Gordon Halward Hunting says:

    So many memories of Duncan come to mind. When I first met Duncan, it was through Lori Whyte and was told by her this is my “Best Friend” so get to know him! For years the 3 of us (Duncan, Lori and I) did many things together, canning, making wine, having great dinners. Fridays after work drinks at Duncan’s were the norm – it was quite the time in our lives. Young, upcoming business people, new/old home owners and all here to have a good time!! So many friends will miss him dearly as he brought unique moments into many lives. Special thanks to Michelle who stayed by his side through the rough times. Farewell my friend and thanks for the memories. Gordon and Brenda Hunting – Gordon Hunting

  • Tanya Terrace says:

    Duncan was always generous, gracious and caring. He was always there for me with a shoulder to cry on or a beautifully prepared meal to share with friends. Duncan helped me through some dark times, for which I’m forever truly grateful. Duncan was an impeccable host, craftsman, artist, gardener and decorator. A kinder soul would be hard to find. He had the best parties, live music, good food and good friends. He always enjoyed our camping trips and he was always the first to arrive, getting everything set up, wood for the fire, he’d clean up the site and have something ready for the hungry campers when they arrived. We enjoyed our drives to collect rocks for his garden and our picnics together. Duncan was an amazing chef and always, always wine with dinner….LOL. His generous spirit and kindness will be truly missed, but will never be forgotten. Love Tanya

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