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Voorheesville Volunteer Fire Department
Saturday March 19th, 2022

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James E. Duncan, Sr.

James E. Duncan Sr.

Voorheesville ' James 'Jim' E. Duncan Sr., 72 of Voorheesville, NY passed away on March 8th, 2022, peacefully in his home surrounded by family.

Jim was born to the late Grover and May Moak Duncan on April 13th, 1949.

His childhood days were spent on Med-O-Dale Farms in Altamont, NY.

Jim was a graduate of Clayton A. Bouton High School. The highlight of his 1966 senior year was being a part of the only undefeated football team in school history.

Jim received a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport. He then went on to get his master's in health education at Russell Sage College.

Jim was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the US Army, as an Air Defense Combat in Okinawa, Japan.

Jim was also a member of the American Legion for 50 years.

He was employed by the NYS Department of Corrections at Coxsackie as the Special Subjects Supervisor. He enjoyed his 30 years of employment, where his coworkers became some of his closest lifelong friends. After retirement, Jim worked in the fitness center at Albany College of Pharmacy.

Jim, better known as 'Jimbo' to his players, coached many years of football, bowling, baseball and softball. His greatest passion, though, was Blackbird football. He bled purple and gold.

Being an athlete his whole life, he spent his time participating in many local bowling, softball and golf leagues.

For 39 years, Jim was a member of the Voorheesville Fire Department. He loved his fellow firemen; they were his brothers.

James married Patricia Davis on September 19th, 1975. They had four children: James Jr., Elisabeth, Katherine and Rebecca. He was their biggest fan on and off the field. When he finally, became a Papa, no one loved their grandchildren more.

Aside from husband, father and coach he was a diehard sports fan. The Yankees were king and Army better beat Navy.

James is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia (Davis); their children James Duncan Jr. (Lori Epps), Elisabeth (Kaycee) Shroyer, Katherine (Todd) Clark and Rebecca Duncan; his grandchildren, Dakota, Cole, Henry, Duncan, Alida, and Natie. He is also survived by his brother Ronald (Carol) Duncan and his sister, Susan Duncan and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his infant sister, Dorothy.
A funeral service will be held at the Voorheesville Fire Department on Saturday March 19th, at 11am, Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jim's memory to the Voorheesville Fire Department would be appreciated.


My deepest condolences to the Duncan family
R.I.P. Cousin

Mike Duncan Mar 16 2022 6:27 AM

Our sincere condolences to the Duncan family. Jim was a great husband, father and neighbor.

Thom & Karen Coates Mar 14 2022 10:57 AM

Jim was one of the original crew at the Fitness Center and there was no one better. Jimmy was a great conversationalist and we spent a lot of time talking sports and family. If you ever needed any help you could always count on him. His daughter Katie also worked with us for a while. Such a great family. My condolences to them all.

Jack Ghezzi Mar 14 2022 10:40 AM

Our hearts and prayers go out to Patti, Katie, Becca, Liz and the rest of the Duncan family. We had the pleasure of knowing the family as the girls took amazing care of our boys for many years. Slater was lucky enough to work with Coach Duncan for four years of football and he had a great respect for him. The biggest accolade we can give is that he and Patti raised amazing kids and that to me is one of the greatest testaments to a great parent and person.

John and Heather Nolan Mar 13 2022 5:06 PM

I had the wondurful good fortune to meet up with, and work side by side with Dunc, at the Pharmacy Fitness Center during our second careers, as fellow members of the "Senior 6"; it quickly became apparent to me how dedicated he was to his wife, children, grandchildren, the VCHS sports world, the fire department , community, and anyone who needed his ready smile or a helping hand.
For example-to Dunc from me, " Jim, I need a favor"; his response,was never "Let me get back to you", it was always, "what day and what time do you need me", no hesitation ever in his response.
A better man I am because I can say he was a friend of mine, and until we meet again Dunc, RIP.

Tom Venter Mar 13 2022 4:54 PM

Deepest sympathy From the Shufelt family. Prayers of comfort and healing to Patti and the family.🙏🙏❤️

Amy Alberts Mar 13 2022 4:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Duncan

Amy Alberts Mar 13 2022 4:44 PM

May you rest in peace my friend. You served your family, community and country with distinction. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Until we meet again.

Doug Miller Mar 13 2022 3:30 PM

My condolences to the Jim Duncan family....first met Jim at ACPHS always had the big smile....RIP will be missed

Joe Early Mar 13 2022 3:01 PM

Thinking of you, Patty, as I'm sure Cindy is, too. Our deepest condolences.

Tom Field Mar 13 2022 1:52 PM

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