Etc. -- Truman W. Duncombe's 1901 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 10 Oct 1901 issue of the Waterford Star.


St. Thomas Journal -- It will be with feeling of sincere sorrow and sympathy that his host of friends in the city and country will learn of the sudden death of Dr. Truman Wallace Duncombe, which occurred at his residence Wednesday about 11 p.m.

The doctor had been ailing for three or four weeks past with an affection of the heart and had previously consulted a Toronto physician in regard to his case, and had arranged to leave for Toronto to-day for further consultation. It was seen that he was a sick man for some weeks past, but no apprehension was felt that there was immediate danger. The doctor was able to continue his practice up to the very last, yesterday attending to his business.

About 10 o'clock last night he went downstairs to his office to get some keys, and on arriving in the surgery put his hand to his side and fell over backwards. The office boy caught him as he was falling. 
Drs. McLarty and VanBurkirk and the deceased's brother, 
Dr. C. B. B. Duncombe were hastily summoned, but nothing could be done, and the doctor passed away about an hour after his attack.

His taking off is a distinct loss to the city. He was a manly man, a man of high principle, straightforward, liberal and at all times courteous and obliging. He took an active interest in all public matters. In politics, a strong Reformer, he was a leader in the party, had filled the office of president of the association, had received several complimentary nominations and was general regarded as a coming candidate for either the local or Dominion Legislature.

He was a son of the late David Duncombe of Waterford, where he was born 21 Sep 1860, being therefore 41 years of age. He attended the Waterford public schools and afterward the Brantford Collegiate Institute. He graduated at Trinity College, Toronto in 1882, and at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1883.

He came to this city in the fall of 1883, where he has since resided and practiced his profession, first in connection with his brother, 
Dr. C. E. B. Duncombe, and latterly alone. He built up a large practice both in the city and country.

In 1885 he was married, his wife a daughter of John Campbell, implement dealer, surviving him. His mother resides in Waterford, and he leaves three brothers, Dr. Charles and Tyrrell of this city, and Dr. O. H. Duncombe, V.S., of Waterford, and one sister, Mrs. L. Chapin of Brantford. Dr. A. C. Duncombe of Waterford is a half brother.
The deceased was a member of St. David's Lodge, A.F. & A.M.

The funeral of Dr. Truman W. Duncombe took place Friday afternoon from the residence of his father-in-law, John Campbell, and was largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Wallace, assisted by Rev. Mr. Spencer of New Sarum, and Rev. H. W. Crews. During the service a solo, "One Sweetly Solemn Thought," was very feelingly rendered by Miss F. Baker, accompanied by Prof. Jones. 
The St. Thomas Medical Association attended in a body.
The pall-bearers were Dr. A. C. Duncombe and Dr. O. H. Duncombe, V.S. of Waterford, Dr. Chas. and Tyrrell Duncombe of this city, all brothers of the deceased; Lyman Chapin of Brantford, a brother-in-law, and Reginald Duncombe of Waterford, a nephew. 

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