DEATH OF T.
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
Dr. C. B. B. Duncombe were hastily summoned, but nothing
could be done, and the doctor passed away about an hour after his
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.