Dr Duncan had been critically ill in the University Hospital of the West Indies who recently tested positive for COVID-19. He died in hospital this morning arising from COVID 19 complications, having been diagnosed last month, and admitted to hospital.
PNP President and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips says the entire Party is shocked and saddened by the passing of Dr. Duncan. He gave over sixty years of service to the people of Jamaica through the People’s National Party. He was National Organizer in 1972 before being elevated to the position of General Secretary in 1974. He was elected in 1976 as Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew and was a minister in the Michael Manley cabinet.
“I came to know DK as part of that generation of young people, who towards the end of the 1960s became very active politically as they chose to chart a new course in post-Independence Jamaica which was a course for social justice for the ordinary people of this country. His mission took him to Southern St Ann where he fought hand in hand with the farmers who were in a battle with the bauxite mining companies at the time,” Dr Phillips said. “Like many of us, he too was drawn into the black actualisation and empowerment movement led by Walter Rodney.”
The PNP President said that while Dr Duncan worked tirelessly in politics across the country, he continued to give professional service as a dentist.
“There was no doubt that he had a profound love for the Jamaican people and he served them diligently, personally and professionally,” Dr Phillips said.
Dr. Duncan’s passing represents not only a great loss to the PNP, but to Jamaica's progressive movement. He was a hardworking, talented political organiser, respected by friends and foes and he was a fearless fighter for his beliefs and a formidable political force wherever he represented.
The PNP Leader expressed condolences to Dr Duncan’s wife Beverly, his children, two of whom (Patricia and Imani) were PNP candidates in the recent general election and his son, Keith who is President of the PSOJ, as well as other members of his family.
He said the Party will find appropriate ways to honour Dr DK Duncan’s memory and perpetuate his lasting contribution to the Movement.
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