Larry was born April 11, 1944 to Herb and Connie Duncan and grew up in Maple Creek, SK. He had many special friends and memories made there which he maintained through-out his whole life. He enjoyed hockey, was always known as a car guy, and participated in many demolition derbies.
As a young adult, he moved to Calgary to pursue his love of vehicles and working with his hands by attending SAIT's mechanic program. He worked for Calgary Co-Op and became the manager of the Macleod Trail and then Richmond Road Co-op gas stations for many years before switching to working as a heavy-duty mechanic working on school buses for Southland Transportation. After that, he spent the next 24 years working as a mechanic for the Calgary fire department. Larry was very proud to work for CFD, and was well known for his strong work ethic and abilities to ensure the fire trucks were in top working order for the firefighters of Calgary. He was highly respected by not only his coworkers but by the men and women of the Calgary fire department, who had the pleasure of interacting with him often. Larry retired from CFD in 2010.
Larry had owned 35+ vehicles throughout the years. He enjoyed spending time working on each vehicle to get it in the best condition possible before selling it and going out to find the next car project.
When he wasn't at work repairing fire trucks, he spent many hours in his garage at home restoring three antique vehicles. His first project was a 1929 Ford Model A pickup, which was completed in 2000...just in time to drive his daughter to her high school graduation. The next project was a 1955 Crown Victoria, and then a 1968 Thunderbird. His kids helped him along the way and have many memories of the garage work.
All three of these vehicles have been a part of many car shows, often winning best in show or crowd favorite. The family still owns all three of these vehicles, and he was proud to say his grandson Kieran (16) has taken over as 'car guy' and will continue to maintain these antiques and bring them to car shows so others can enjoy them as much as he did.
Larry is survived by his wife Jackie, of 53 1/2 years; son Scott; daughter Janelle (Todd); son Brent (Kate); grandchildren Kieran, Ayla, Reese, and Cooper, as well as little Nora and Kai. He is also survived by his loving siblings Derryl (Dolores), Neil (Peggy) and Lynanne (Marc) and all his special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents Herb and Connie and his many aunts and uncles.
We were fortunate enough for Larry to spend his final week in the peace and quiet and special caregiving of hospice surrounded by his family and siblings, sharing so many wonderful memories.
He will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and dear friend to all who knew him. He was a special person who would help anyone and he shared so much knowledge to all.
There will be no service but Larry’s ashes will be lovingly spread at Shuswap Lake where we have spent the last 44 years during the summer.
Rest in peace, Larry. You were a good man and lived a good life.
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