John Duncan (March 23, 1943 - September 12, 2023)

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JOHN J. DUNCAN  

1943-2023 

 

John (Jack) Duncan, 80 of Raymondville, NY passed away with his loving family by his side, at his home in Port Orange, FL on September 12, 2023. 

 

Jack was born March 23, 1943 in Troy, NY to Robert and Florence (Keefe) Duncan. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carole (Latulipe) and his daughter Kathy Humphries and her husband, Neal; John and his wife Kimberly and his granddaughter, Arabella; and Mark and his wife Michelle. 

 

He is also survived by his brothers Donald and his wife Anne, Kenneth and his wife Yvonne and sister Joyce Vecchiarelli and her husband Robert. He is also survived by his in-laws Betty Duncan, Theresa Sweet, Eleanor Latulippe, Cecille Miller, Leo and Jane Latulipe, Joyce Latulipe, Frank and Barb Latulipe, Brian and Lucie LaPlante and Gould and Anne Hunter along with numerous nieces and nephews and a host of long-time friends. 

 

He was predeceased by his parents and brother David. 

 

Jack graduated from Salmon River Central High School in 1961. He played hockey and baseball from 1958-1961 and football from 1959-1961. He served as Captain for two years in all three sports and achieved All-Northern status for three years in hockey and two years in baseball. He was drafted by the New York Yankee Baseball Organization in 1962. 

 

 After returning from his professional baseball stint, he returned to upstate NY to marry his sweetheart and settle in the area. He attended Rider College prior to reporting to spring training camp and graduated from Potsdam State in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He completed several graduate classes and received his teaching certification in 1973. After returning to upstate NY and prior to graduating college he was invited to a tryout camp for a World Hockey Association Team, the Ottawa Nationals. He also served as Asst. Hockey and Baseball Coach at Canton ATC and Potsdam College. He was also selected to compete on Team Canada All-Stars in the Kennedy International Memorial Winter Games which took place in Lake Placid in 1970. 

 

He worked for Alcoa from 1964-69, then taught and coached Varsity ice hockey and Junior Varsity football at Salmon River Central High School (his alma mater). During his four-year coaching career at Salmon River, he led his hockey team to two League Championships. Jack also served as a hockey referee during this time (1969-1975). Jack worked for General Motors from 1977-1982, then went to Ogdensburg Free Academy for a year to teach and serve as Asst. Varsity Ice Hockey Coach. He transitioned from Ogdensburg to Norwood-Norfolk Central High School where he taught and coached Varsity baseball and ice hockey. The hockey team won Section X Championship in 1985 and he won Coach of the Year twice, in 1985 and 1987. While coaching baseball there, the team won the Section X Championships four times. He was named Coach of the Year for three of those years. He coached his sons during this time frame and played with them in the Northern Valley Baseball League, and other softball teams in the area.  

Mr. Duncan played for the Fort Covington Travelers and Raymondville/Norfolk Rovers. He played for over 25 years and was awarded MVP and top batting titles numerous times. He played hockey with numerous teams throughout his lifetime, far too many to list here. Most notably he played for the Potsdam Pioneers (later Massena Pioneers). As one of the original members of the team, he held nearly every team scoring record and garnered numerous MVP awards, as well as Most Gentlemanly Player and Pioneer of the Year. The team had several international exhibition games including the West German and Czechoslovakian Olympic teams.  

 

Jack retired from Riverview Corrections in 2000 where he served as Recreation Program Leader since 1989. He played hockey in the Correction Olympics and led his team to six gold medals. He also played several law enforcement tournaments with his daughter in Lake Placid during this time.  

 

Mr. Duncan was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Salmon River Central in 2007. 

 

Jack and his wife, Carole have enjoyed being snowbirds during the harsh NY winters. Jack continued to dominate softball diamonds in Florida, as he has been a standout in Senior League Softball since 2000. He also enjoyed golf with family and friends and won numerous tournaments in the north country.  

 

There will be no formal funeral services. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.baldwincremation.com 

 

In lieu of flowers, his wishes are that we are more compassionate, understanding and kind to each other. Also recognize those whose service and sacrifice makes this world a better place. 

 

“Pay it forward “


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  1. Rusty James says:
    02 Oct 2023
    Carole and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I was only 19 when I started playing softball with Jack (13 years his junior). I was an ignorant farm boy from the sticks at the time. He treated me with dignity, respect and encouragement despite the ego and inexperience that accompanies youth. It didn't take long for me to see what it took to be a leader and a team player with Jack as a role model. The lessons I learned from knowing Jack have stayed with me even today, 47 years later. He will be truly missed.

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  6. Mark McGinn posted an image:
    26 Sep 2023
    The 1976 PIONEERS
    The 1976 PIONEERS

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    26 Sep 2023
    Just another picture after a  tournament championship!
    Just another picture after a tournament championship!

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  10. Mark McGinn says:
    26 Sep 2023
    When I heard the news of Jack’s passing I was overcome with sadness. It seemed strange that friend that I had not seen or talked to in over two decades would stir up such a strong degree of emotion. As the day progressed the sadness was replaced with an even stronger degree of gratitude. The gratitude for having known Jack.
    Jack and I worked together at GM and I had the pleasure of playing hockey for the Potsdam Pioneers for seven years with him. I tried to count the number of hockey games that we played together and stopped counting at just north of 140 games. The highlights included the 1976 game against the West German Olympic team who we tied 5-5 at a sold out Clarkson Arena just a few weeks after they had won the bronze medal at that year’s Olympics. In 1980, just a few weeks prior to the Lake Placid Olympics, we played both the Russian and the Czech Olympic teams at sold out St. Lawrence and Clarkson arenas respectively. On top of that the number of ODHL championships that Jack had a big hand in orchestrating were both staggering as much as they were commonplace.
    In the summer I played with Jack on two softball teams (in two different leagues) during the week and of course in tournaments with him the on the weekends. He couldn’t seem to get away from me nor I him! I think that you get the idea that I had the good fortune to spend a great deal of time with Jack over seven years and the better fortune to call him a great friend. Through all of that it was apparent to me that Jack was always the best player, best sportsman and upon reflection absolutely the best person!
    Wherever we went whether the rink, the diamond or a social event Jack was the always the most respected person there. I quickly learned that the respect for him was a genuine, well deserved and deep respect for the man, the athlete but most importantly …The person. One of the most accurate definitions of a leader is a person who has the ability to “ Influence Behavior” and he did that naturally. He did things the right way and he didn’t cut corners. As a teammate I wasn’t alone in being influenced simply by Jack’s presence. I never wanted to let down any of my teammates down but most importantly Jack…and I wasn’t alone. That was a sentiment shared by everyone. He set that standard and it was up to the rest of us to live up to that in the best way we could.
    The final emotion that kicked in for me that day was that of regret. The regret of getting caught up in life, as we all do, and never reaching out to Jack to catch up to see how he and Carol and the family were doing and to ultimately thank him for the positive influence that he had on me over those years. I was in my mid-late 20’s at the time and Jack was 10 years older. Back then I didn’t fully appreciate that I had a friend, teammate and co-worker that influenced me to the degree that he did. It helped shape me into who I would be later in life. Very few people are that fortunate to have had someone in their life that had that profound an impact on them.
    He was a tremendous athlete and that is well documented. Above all else he was a true Gentleman and that to me is the greatest compliment a person can receive. That is a fading, almost elusive trait in today’s society but he was always the standard bearer for the term. The trophy’s tarnish, the newspaper clippings fade but the character of this man always shone through and was constantly on full display. We are all so much better, on so many levels, to have known Jack. If you are reading this you probably shared that good fortune and were blessed as well.
    I have forwarded a few pictures from the Pioneer days both Hockey and Softball that I hope you enjoy.
    Rest in peace my friend…A game well played and life well lived!

  11. Frank Ireland says:
    25 Sep 2023
    I was very saddened when I heard Jack had passed. I will always remember Jack as the kind of person that made the world a better place. He was a true gentleman and a great sportsman. It was a pleasure for me, anytime I played ball,either on Jack's team or the opposing team. I enjoyed the chats I had with Jack, especially the ones about hockey years ago. My condolences to the family.

    Frank Ireland
    Gander, Newfoundland

  12. Brenda Batchelor says:
    22 Sep 2023
    I was one of the lucky ones, I got to play with Jack a number of seasons. What a great teammate, even when he was hurting, he gave everything that he had to the game. I’ll miss him and I hope one time or another I brought a smile to his face.

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  14. Bill Bruyere says:
    20 Sep 2023
    So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Everyone from Riverview Correctional know of Jack's quite, gentile and warm personality. He was much loved and will be remembered fondly by those of use that had the privilege to work with him. Our deepest sympathy and warm wishes to Carol and family. He was a great man and will be missed by many.

  15. Carol and Terry Gladding says:
    19 Sep 2023
    Carol, Cathy, John and Mark:

    Our condolences go out to all of you and your families in the loss of Jack. He was one of a kind and left a great legacy of his accomplishments and his children. Many memories of the “old timers’ “ softball games and good times after the games. He enjoyed playing as much as Terry and it was always a gift to have any of the Duncans’ on the team. He instilled in this children a great characteristic of good sportsmanship. May God give you the strength and courage to deal with your grief.

    Carol and Terry Gladding

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  17. Sandy Lee STORY says:
    19 Sep 2023
    Jack Duncan was the type of human every evert human should try to be. We all lost a great human being

  18. Mel Tomalty says:
    17 Sep 2023
    Carole and Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. The many years of playing hockey (Morrisburg, the Pioneers, Potbellies) and playing softball (Billy’s,The Cellar )were always very enjoyable! He was a talented, determined, teammate and friend—-a true sportsman. We have many fond memories of great times together.

    Mel and Sandy Tomalty

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    The Cellar
    The Cellar

  20. Kent Backus says:
    16 Sep 2023
    Deepest condolences to the Duncan family!!!! I had the very good fortune to play hockey with Jack in Massena for 10 years. What always stood out to me, above Jack's tremendous athleticism, was his desire to include others and get them involved. Always able to turn it on at any time, he often preferred to assist someone else. He made those around him much better. I loved conversation with Jack because of his humbleness and genuine respect for all people......You walked away feeling good about yourself. I often recall those times spent and our conversations and I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to share a small part of Jack's amazing life. He had a positive impact on so many. It was a true honor and privilege to skate on Jack's line!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Jim Mills says:
    16 Sep 2023
    My sincere condolences to Carole and her family and to Donnie, Kenny and Joyce. I have good memories of our hometown, Fort Covington and Jack was part of many of them. All the pickup hockey and baseball games, Jack coaching our Pony League Team, Travelers baseball on Sunday, golf at Malone CC and the card games at his house. When I lived in Syracuse and Jack came in for hockey games, we always went out for beers afterward. Last time I saw him a few years ago at dinner at the Lobster House, it was like old times. He was a legendary athlete but mostly just a good guy.

  23. Butch & Rita Lavigne says:
    16 Sep 2023
    Carol and Family, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of Jack. He was a great friend. Butch & Rita Lavigne

  24. John Francis says:
    16 Sep 2023
    Wow, what a shock! If there’s one person I would think could have immortality it would be my playing buddy Jack. He was always in control and some of my greatest memories are the baseball games we played as the Covington travelers.
    Jack was a fierce competitor who fought to the end in every game I was ever in with him. And then after the game, the gentle giant came out. He always had a way of making things always work out, no matter how it might’ve looked. he is a great man and an incredible athlete! It is a sad time for all of us who knew him, and especially his immediate family. The world is a much better place because of who you were Jack Duncan! You left it all on the field
    I know you are resting in peace

  25. Robert and Carole says:
    16 Sep 2023
    My condolences to Carole, Cathy, and Mark and John as I have so many memories with Jack playing ball and staying with Jack and Carole while we went to Potsdam‘s State he was a great guy, tremendous athlete, and a true friend he will be missed love from Bob and Carole

  26. Jerry Hourihan says:
    16 Sep 2023
    My sincerest condolences to Carol and family, I have known Jack since his high school days, played baseball with him with the Fort Covington Travelers, and coached against him when he was coaching at Norwood - Norfolk,.Jack was an outstanding athlete in All sports,, a true gentleman all the way,
    May You Rest in Peace Jack.
    Jerry Hourihan

  27. Charlie Pernice says:
    16 Sep 2023
    Sincerest condolences to Carol and the Duncan family , Jack certainly left his mark in the North Country as an athlete and as a great human being.

  28. David Kadetx says:
    15 Sep 2023
    Oh so sorry to hear this such a great player and person !

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  32. Jerry and Gayle Sheets says:
    14 Sep 2023
    John Duncan, Jack as most of us knew him, was the epitome of a team athlete. He excelled at all sports and could play all positions. He had achievements and held records everywhere he ever played. Above all, Jack was the consummate gentleman; soft spoken, kind, compassionate and always there when he was needed.
    Jack was mine and my wife's very dear friend; strong, solemn, and genuine in an old school sort of way. We will miss Jack dearly and are thankful to have his cherished wife, Carol, to keep his memory alive. We love you Jack now and forever.

  33. Brie Larmon says:
    13 Sep 2023
    My new, but dear friends, Neal and Kathy, and your entire family….my sincere at condolences and prayers to all of you in this very difficult time. If there is anything I can do, don’t hesitate…my love abs prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Brie

  34. Marcia Fahl says:
    13 Sep 2023
    Uncle Jack, you were such an impressive man. A giant with a big heart and gentle spirit. You touched so many lives by being the example of a strong, intelligent and kind man. A SUPERIOR athlete with the utmost humility. Your memory will live on in so many of the lives you have touched . Aunt Carol, Kathy John and Mark and families, my heart goes out to you and my prayers are for the comfort, peace and healing of our heavenly Father as He welcomes Jack home. All my Love, Marcia Fahl (Latulipe)

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  37. Tenley & Allen Amo says:
    13 Sep 2023
    Carol, Kathy, John, Mark and family - We are so deeply sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. He was a wonderful man and has put up a brave and strong battle this past year. He is at peace now. My Dad always enjoyed his chats with Jack and playing golf in Raymondville too. They are back together again and are our angels.
    God Bless you all and cherish your beautiful memories. Jack will live on forever in your hearts and never be far away.

  38. Frank Armstrong says:
    13 Sep 2023
    So sorry to hear of Jacks passing. He was a wonderful friend and enjoyed playing with him.
    Frank and Anita Armstrong

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  40. Luther conant says:
    13 Sep 2023
    Rest in peace Jack!!
    You played a great game!
    Luther

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  42. Kelly Koper says:
    13 Sep 2023
    I played senior softball with Jack in the Daytona league. Jack was soft-spoken, but carried a big stick. Nobody hit the ball, harder than Jack, and often times he turned a single into a double thanks to his deceptive speed .A true gentleman ,he will be missed. See you on the other side slugger!

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  45. Dave's big brother Jack he looked up to you so much and I know he was waiting for you . You and Carol were very special to us and Dave alwDays loved talking to you on the phone and he would be happy talking to you because he knew you weren't big on talk says:
    13 Sep 2023
    Betty
    September 12/2023
    Dave's big brother Jack,he looked up to you so much and I know he was waiting for you. You and Carol were special people,Dave always loved talking to you on the phone because he knew that wasn't your thing,Dave'smemory got bad but he never forgot who his big brother was. I am sad that you left us, please know that you were loved by many and there is a void in our family Love you your sister-in-law Betty.

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  48. Robert and Joyce Vecchiarelli says:
    12 Sep 2023
    My brother was Always the silent one I was not. Haha
    Wish we could have been together more but we knew we were always be family Love you big brother. Joyce and Bob

  49. Jim Keefe says:
    12 Sep 2023
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of Jack and all of the Duncan boys when they would come to the farm for family meals and holidays. After dinner we would all go outside to the barn and play "king of the mountain" in our hay mounds. Jack always won!! We always had fun growing up and fond memories. We love you Carole and our prayers are with you and your family at this time. He will be missed.
    Jim and Pat Keefe

  50. Lori Caffrey Gaura says:
    12 Sep 2023
    I’m so sad to hear about Uncle Jack. We all spent so much time together growing up with so many amazing memories. Hope you found my dad and are both healthy now and having fun up there in heaven. My sincere condolences to Aunt Carol, Kathy, John, Mark and the rest of the extended family. So sad to lose such an amazing person and Uncle. God speed.

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