I am deeply saddened by learning of the passing of Dr. D.K. Duncan, my colleague, and friend for more than 60 years. In his roles as National Organizer and General Secretary of the People’s National Party, as a Member of Parliament for East Central St. Andrew and Hanover Eastern, and as Minister of Mobilization, DK’s commitment, passion, and energy were in service to creating a more equitable Jamaica.
Dk’s contributions to the People’s National Party and his beloved Jamaica are substantial and legendary. His commitment to political and social change through service is the hallmark of his long and impactful political career. His unyielding commitment was to the upliftment of the masses, to elevate and inspire Jamaica’s underprivileged and marginalized people with whom he had an abiding affinity.
DK was a man of strong and passionate convictions on what Jamaica can be and become and what the Jamaican people can achieve. His devotion to activism was to these ends. Resourceful and results-oriented, DK, alongside others, worked with passion and dedication to passing various social justice legislation.
DK’s outstanding contributions on reforming the electoral system earned him a National Honour, The Commander of the Order of Distinction, and the admiration and respect of members of his party, the Jamaica Labour Party, and ordinary Jamaicans everywhere. As important was his work in pursuit of land distribution and free education.
As PNP General Secretary, DK used his world-class, political organizational skills to build a robust secretariat, to strengthen the party’s structure, which led to further democratize the party’s decision-making.
DK stood out in the manner he saw campaigning and pursued an approach of ‘one-on-one’ contact by initiating a ‘door to door’ campaign; moving from one home to the other meeting with people of the community and listening to their concerns. The outcome of this strategy rivaled the effect of any large-crowd political meeting that characterized the day.
Also a Dental Surgeon, there are many who speak of his outstanding prowess in this chosen profession. Not surprisingly, his passion for politics has been caught by some of his children, but he also has reason to be proud of those who followed him into the corporate arena. That was his legacy.
Service to the country is a legacy that DK has passed on to his children, who serve Jamaica well in the fields of investment, banking, and public service.
To Beverly and the entire family, we offer sincere condolence.
P J Patterson
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