A Tribute to Keith Duncan

Further tributes have been paid to Keith Duncan, a long-serving member of QMU staff, who passed away last week aged 69. His death followed a short illness.
Keith was a much-loved porter who worked night shifts and weekends at the Union for twelve years. He will be remembered fondly by board members and event goers alike, especially Cheesy Pop revellers.
Below are tributes paid by students past and present.
‘’It’s difficult to put into words just how much Keith meant to me, and to other board members. I had the pleasure of working with him a lot over the last year and a bit, and he was always a welcome sight. He was always so kind and so grateful for our help. He really truly cared for our Union and for its board members and volunteers. So many of us saw Keith as not only the kind soul he was, but as a real friend. I will never forget all the kindness he showed me, and all the great times we had standing around the porters’ box late at night.

We’ve lost another member of our family, and although he may be gone, he surely will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, Keith. We will miss you dearly.’

[Mata Durkin, Vice President (Board of Management) (2017-Present)]
‘I may not have known Keith for very long, but in the short time that I did, I found him to be a kind, warm and good-hearted man. He was always interested in what you had to say and would tell you great stories about his life in return. I fondly remember a time when he realised that he and I had the same style of trainers on which we both found very funny. I may not have known him very well but I will miss his deep laugh, his dry sense of humour and, above all, his calm, constant and gentle presence in the Union – as I’m sure we all will. Rest well, mate. My thoughts are with your family.’
[Jamie Small, former Board Member (2015-2016), QMU staff (2017-Present)]

‘Keith Duncan – quite frankly – was an absolute legend. There was a Facebook group made purely entitled ‘the Keith Duncan Appreciation Club’. Most people that know me know I had a soft spot for him. There wasn’t a time I wouldn’t come into the building when he was working greeted by a massive hug and often I would spend club nights at QM behind the porter’s box with him chatting about Springsteen. Until he would eventually kick me out and tell me to go and dance. Keith was family and the QMU isn’t going to be the same without him. My heart goes out to his wife and family – rest in peace Keith.

[Priya Khindria, President (2017-Present)]

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