Douglas Duke

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Dad died on 12th July 2010. His love of the RAF and his time in Squadron 126 and its people, in particular, was probably the most influential experience of Dads life. He never stop talking about the RAF and showing photos, increasingly so in his later years. This climaxed with his partaking in reunions in the late 1990's and Roy Newcombe discovering that Dad lived minutes from him.

Roy and Dad, typically, spent a day a week together out in Roy's car sharing a pie and pint,the countryside, which Dad loved, and RAF memories. These were treasured times for Dad. Roy's death, together with a couple of other close friends, earlier this year (2010) was the final straw for Dad.

Dad, a village blacksmith's son (North Curry) married Margaret Tanquerel, an evacuee from Guernsey (CI) in 1944. Dad and Mum divorced in 1990 having raised 4 children, me (Anthony), Jeanette, Geoff and Jacqueline and accumulating 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

They spent their married and retired life in Taunton, always remaining in touch. Dad never stopping loving Mum, and Mum has really missed Dad since his death.

Dad was an excellent handyman and worked as a painter and decorator. Dad loved gardening, and never stopped being enchanted by everything about the natural world. He loved sport of all types. Everton and Taunton Town were his teams. Vernons his pools into the 1980s.

Dad is buried with his parents at North Curry Parish Church, an absolutely stunning situation. He is greatly missed by us all.

Added by: Anthony (Tony) Duke on 6th November 2010.


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