Duncan, Grant Edwin


January 26, 1934 – August 5, 2020

A life well lived!

Grant passed peacefully on August 5,2020 surrounded by his loving family following a long battle with cancer. Survived by Irene, his loving wife of 63 years, his sons Bruce (Dana), Brent (Karen) and David and adoring grandchildren Kara (Jake), Jamie, Baillie (Zach), Connor and Katie. “Our Deepest gratitude to Marie Paul for the love, friendship and care she provided our parents for so many years”

Grant valued family and friendships that were built and sustained over the course of lifetime. He is deeply loved and already missed by his family, the ‘Y Coffee Club’, Saturday morning ‘Breakfast Club’, members of the Royal Mayfair Golf Club and many friends.

Ever the loyal provider, Grant worked tirelessly in the Insurance industry for 43 years, finishing his career as Senior Vice President and a Director of Reed Stenhouse Limited (now known as AON Canada). He served on several Boards of Directors and was President of the Edmonton Construction Association and the Edmonton Chapter of the Insurance Institute of Northern Alberta.

“Our Deepest gratitude to Marie Paul for the love, friendship and care she provided our parents for so many years”
Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Atwal and the caring, compassionate staff of the Sturgeon Community Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memorium to the downtown Edmonton YMCA where he served on the Board and was a member for more than 40 years would be appreciated.

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Alvin I Reed

Grant knew so many people, but more importantly he knew the right people to talk to. He always took time to listen and was very helpful with his advice.
A good mentor and strong supporter of people and the industry. He always enjoyed a good visit! Grant, will be sadly missed. Al Reed

Rob Christen

My deepest condolence to the Duncan family, I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time.

Gary Kenneth Duncan

Deeply sorry for your loss.
I meet Grant when I transferred here from the Montreal office in October of 1981. Being the branch manager I did not have much dealings with him except on the PCL account, Grant was truly a professional and not once did I see him get upset on the out side. I enjoyed the Christmas lunch that he organized and was grateful that Grant attended my retirement party in 2017.

Norma Perry

I worked with Mr Duncan for many years at Aon (Reed Stenhouse). He was always very kind to me and I have very fond memories of our time there. My sincere condolences to his family.

Douglas Morrow

Grant was instrumental in getting my career on track. I will never forget meetings with him where he showed great patience with a young fellow that really needed a firm hand. Over the following 40 years I am proud to have had his friendship as well. I will miss our chats very much. My Sincerest Sympathies to the entire Duncan family.

Diane Brickner

I worked with Grant years ago and always thought of him as a friend. I’m deeply sorry for your loss and I’m sure he will be sadly missed.

Aon Edmonton c/o Brad Steele

On behalf of Aon Edmonton we are deeply saddened at the passing of a colleague and friend. Grant charted a successful path for the Aon office and colleagues with a passion that is hard to replicate. Over the last several years I enjoyed our chats and time together as we planned out a number of events. Although Grant will be missed, his spirit and kindness will continue. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Duncan Family.

Jim Elligott (2nd cousin)

Brent, Bruce and David, I was very surprised and saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. Over the last 60 years we have kept in touch after he left Vancouver through phone calls and emails. He was always happy to hear from me even though it was only three or four times in the year. He was a wonderful man and I know you will all miss him. Even though we were miles apart for so many years I always enjoyed his chats and emails and hearing about his family.

André Giasson

I knew Grant for some 40 years… firstly as the branch manager of the Reed Stenhouse office in Edmonton… and thereafter upon his return from Toronto after having served in a national senior executive role with now Aon Canada. Grant took me under his wing… always showing genuine concern for my ongoing career and professional development as the surety broker for the PCL Family of Companies for all of North America. He regularly reached out to me in order to “check the pulse”. We truly liked and respected each other. I will always fondly remember our regular lunches, which also included Cora Tripp and Barb Courtney. Thanks very much Grant… and God bless.

Robert Wiltshire

Grant & I grew up in Vancouver attending Franklin School. Pals for many years.
Grant was best man at my wedding to Barb. We both moved to North Vancouver
Grant moved on to Edmonton where we still kept in touch with our Christmas letters. He was a great guy. We had a lots of good times together in our younger years. Thanks Brent .
Bob & Barb Wiltshire
West Kelowna, B.C.

Bryan Bailey

Wonderful and gentle man! Our lockers at Royal Mayfair were side by side for 34 years. We chatted often and played the occasional round together. He never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything.

Gail McMillan

My husband and I used to sit with Grant and Irene at the Edmonton Trappers games years ago, and Frank also knew Grant well from the YMCA early morning group. I knew Grant had not been well for some time, so it is comforting to know that he is now at peace after a life well lived. Sincere sympathies to all his family.

Gary Jones

Grant was the patriarch of the Y early bird coffee group for decades. He worked out regularly until cancer made it impossible. His wise council and hearty laugh will be missed. He was such a great guy.

Dave Bentley

To Grant’s Family – Mr. Duncan was my first true career mentor and someone who always had time to converse on the trials and tribulations of life and work. For 25 years in the circles of Risk Management, YMCA, and ECA, Mr. Duncan helped pave the way for the next Generation – I am grateful of the friendship with Grant Duncan – Dave Bentley – Past Chair ECA.