Passing of Duncan McFadgen


Embraced by love, Duncan John McFadgen, 93, passed away peacefully at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. His all-encompassing love of family, deep and abiding faith and involvement with the Masons were the cornerstones of his life. An avid traveler with his wife Sophie, keen gardener and card player, Duncan gave the best hugs in the world. He was a true gentleman whose sense of honour, wisdom and concern for others will be remembered by his family and many friends across the province. He was married to the love of his life, Sophie (nee Woodley), for 69 years. Well-loved father of Neil, Jan Schlee (Gary) and Diane Mann. Cherished grandpa of Ian (Laura) and Michael McFadgen, Laura Schlee, and Katie (Tyler Hoskin) and Scott Mann. Dear brother of Colin and the late Donald, and brother-in-law of Vi McFadgen.

Duncan served in the Second World War in northwestern Europe, worked for Ontario Hydro for over 40 years and was a long-standing, active member of Wellington Square United Church. He joined Burlington Lodge in 1951, was a founding member of Wellington Square Lodge and a member of Harington Conclave and White Oak Chapter. Duncan was a 33˚ member of the Scottish Rite. He was also a long-time member of Lakeview Chapter and Rundle Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Special thanks to Dr. Michael Foster for the compassionate care he provided over many years and particularly throughout these last challenging weeks.

Visitation at Smith’s Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington on Sunday, February 28, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Masonic service at 9 pm. Please join us to celebrate Duncan’s long and full life at 11 am on Monday, February 29 at Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline Street, Burlington. Reception to follow. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Burlington. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations to Wellington Square United Church Gifts & Memorials Fund or the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Dyslexia Learning Centre, 4 Queen St. South, Hamilton L8P 3R3 would be appreciated by the family.