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Allen Roger Duncan
(1968 - 2008)


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Name: Mr Allen Roger Duncan
Gender: Male
Age: 39 years old
Lived: Tuesday, 14 May 1968 - Wednesday, 26 March 2008

My Story

Allen Roger Duncan, was born on May 14, 1968 in Takoma Park , MD. Allen was the first and only son of Steve and Myrna Duncan.  He attended and graduated from Sligo Adventist School and Takoma Academy where he discovered the love of sports and auto mechanics.   He especially enjoyed shop class at TA, which began a lifetime of working on cars.  While in school he worked as a janitor at Sligo School under the direction of Sarah Stone and Roger Rhodes.  He studied automotive technology at Montgomery College in Rockville.  He worked doing paper deliveries for the Wall Street Journal and later was promoted to route manager.   
Allen was an older brother who welcomed me into the world when he probably was starting to think he was Mom & Dad’s only pride and joy!   In fact, he learned how to tie his shoes the day I was born.  I remember him walking with me to school from Grandma Alexander’s house, which was across the street from TA and Sligo schools, and then as we got older walking from school to our home on 11th Avenue.    He taught me how to play football, baseball, and other sports along with my dad.  I remember many afternoons, evenings, and weekends playing football in the street, baseball in the backyard, and tackle football a few houses down.  He always gave it his all when playing sports, like making a dive to catch a football going out of bounds like he was a pro football player.  When he got his driver’s license we would take rides to Odenton to Taco Bell with Mike Fulmer, Greg Ingram, Leon and others.   I never heard him complain about me tagging along with his friends and him.  He even took me to a RUSH concert, one of his favorite rock groups along with Metallica.
While playing on a softball league [after high school], he met Keith Heinrich who offered him a job in his landscaping business.  For 10 years he worked for Keith and continued playing softball with him and others.   He then became an auto mechanic at Auto Italia in Rockville through other softball friends he met.  In all his work experiences, his bosses and coworkers were appreciative of his hard work, dependability, and honesty.  
While I was in college, my parents moved to Ohio and left Allen and I with the house here in Maryland.   We got a roommate and Allen was the landlord.  Later on, we shared a townhouse in Burtonsville while we both were single.  We enjoyed playing softball together in the spring and summer time on cousin Doug’s church league. 
He was a caring person with a heart for animals.  He brought home a tiger cat who had found him on one of his paper routes in downtown DC.  That cat became our Button cat.  When we were sharing the house, Button was injured and required medical help, which Allen paid for without hesitation. We had Button for many years.  Allen kept my cars running and well maintained.  When the Trans Am broke down once between here and Ohio, he dropped everything to get his friend to tow the car back to Auto Italia and he let me borrow his car to take back to Ohio so I could get back to graduate school.
In 1999, Allen redeveloped a friendship with Wanda Adams, a high school classmate, which grew into a relationship and then marriage.  They were married on December 23, 2000 at Damascus Church.   He later joined the Howard County Public School’s Maintenance Department as a grounds mechanic. Allen and Wanda enjoyed hiking and traveling together.  They traveled to many different places in the United States.  Allen camped for the first time after they were married.  He loved being in the outdoors.  Allen took time to show his love and care for Wanda through cards, flowers, and special attention to her car.    
Allen was a great support and encouragement to me with school, work, and relationships.  He was a great listener.   He also provided emotional support to Mom when she lost her mom to cancer three years ago, even though he had a six month old at home. He would pass on helpful hints from his experience like:  save up your money and buy a decent car instead of a piece of junk (of course he loved working on his cars nevertheless). 
Allen loved cars (especially Trans Ams).  He also loved the Redskins and the Simpsons.
Allen was an excellent husband and father.  Connor Lee was born on January 3, 2005. Connor’s addition to their home was a long awaited joy. Allen really enjoyed playing with and mentoring his son.   He was resistant at first to watching Connor by himself in the evening when Wanda was at work.   Since his disease, he was so happy that he had taken the time with Connor. His greatest disappointment was he wouldn’t be here as Connor grew up.  
At the end of July 2007 he was diagnosed with a complex case of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and fought a courageous battle at home and at John Hopkins University hospital.   He had an unyielding spirit that impressed those who saw him through this challenging time.   In spite of his own physical condition, his thoughts were more on how others were doing than on himself.  He passed away peacefully on March 26, 2008, at 4:30 pm with his wife and mother at his side.
Allen, my brother and only sibling, a son, a husband, a father, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, a coworker, a classmate, an athlete, a mechanic . . . the list of those lives Allen’s life touched goes on and on. . .  

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Fathers Name: Steve Duncan
Mothers Name: Myrna Duncan
Spouse's Name: Wanda Duncan
Children's Names: Connor
Siblings Names: Jane
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Columbia, Maryland
Occupation: Other
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Other Christian


Favourite Sport: Softball
Favourite Team: Washington Redskins
Favourite Music Genre: Heavy Metal
Favourite Artist: Rush and Metallica


Place of Passing: Maryland
Date of Passing: 26 March 2008
Cause of Passing: Leukemia
Place of Burial: Rockville, MD
Funeral Location: Fulton, MD
Funeral Date: 31 March 2008

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