A much loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle, Leslie James Duncan, late of 180 Gardiners Cross Road, Drumderg, Tempo, passed away suddenly on October 4, 2017 at his home.

Leslie was born on May 7, 1938 to William and Elizabeth Duncan and was the eldest of nine children. He is survived by his brothers John, Bob, Erne, Drew, Ken and sisters Vera, Margaret and Hazel.

He was born at Tedd, Irvinestown and shortly afterwards the family moved to Lisnagore Lodge, Feglish, Trillick. He began his education at Affagaffert School and then transferred to Feglish National School and later to Victoria School, Irvinestown. 

He left school at 14 years of age and helped his parents on the family farm, milking cows by hand and growing crops. 

He and his father had a pedigree Ayrshire herd under the prefix of Lisnagore and they had a great interest in showing their cattle at local shows. 

As well as farming, he worked for Charlie Donnelly operating a thresher, threshing corn for the farmers in the neighbourhood.

Family was his first love, and right through his life, alongside his employment, he always retained a keen interest in livestock and farming; this remained right up to the day of his passing. He had a great love for animals especially his pets.

In his teenage years, he drove a lorry for Burns of Ballinamallard. It was around this time he met his future wife, Betty Swindle.

They married on May 11, 1959 and they made their new home on Colebrooke estate, where Leslie worked on the farm as a stockman.

In later years, Leslie continued to work for Lord Basil Brookeborough and Captain John Brooke, as a chauffeur. He enjoyed outings with Lord Brookeborough and he really enjoyed his job. He also worked for Edgar Hogg on the farm. 

Leslie was of a quiet disposition but enjoyed talking to people during the course of his work. This is the main reason why he continued his driving career, swapping the limousine for a lorry tanker, delivering oil throughout the county and beyond.

Finally in his later years he was employed by the Bothwell family conveying milk for Glanbia until his retirement at the age of 75. He really enjoyed being out on the lorries as it involved visiting farms and meeting people. He was a patient and careful driver.

He was knowledgeable and took an active interest in current affairs.
He also had a great love for gardening and took great pride in his garden.

Leslie was firstly a family man who was content in his home, surrounded by his family. He enjoyed days out around Ireland.

He led a good healthy life up until February 2015, when he suffered a heart attack and he made a good recovery.

His Funeral Service was held on October 7, 2017 in Tempo Parish Church and followed by burial at the adjoining Graveyard. The Service was conducted by the Rev. Canon Maurice Armstrong.

The Hymns were ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, ‘Father, I Place into your Hands’ and ‘Abide with Me’. Scripture Readings were read by his granddaughter Lesley-Ann Bolton and sister Hazel McClelland and the soloist was his nephew Daryl Simpson.

Leslie is survived by his sorrowing wife, Betty and will be also dearly missed by his four children, Elizabeth, Lynette, Cyril and Zelda, sons in law, Harold and Ian, grandchildren, Lesley-Ann, Matthew and Lewis and great grandchild Harry. He was sadly predeceased by his grandson, Keith.

The funeral arrangements were by Funeral Directors S.R. Elliott and Sons, Darling Street, Enniskillen.