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Roger Godfrey DUKE


On July 30, 2020, peacefully at Christchurch Hospital, in his 80th year. Born in Middlesex, England, September 22, 1940 to Ernest and Ivy Duke, he wasn’t one to conform. Shoes were definitely an optional accessory in Dad’s world and his guitar was his alternative voice. His world was widened and enriched by Jenny, his much loved friend and companion. She accepted him exactly as he was; sharing many adventures, laughter and quiet times. Always supporting each other. A proud, cherished father to Cathie and Andrew, Teresa and John, and Lisa. As a young man with a love of music he met and married Rosina Therese McBrearty. This brought him into the warm embrace of the McBrearty Clan. So much of Dad’s personality is visible in his adored grandchildren Zoe, Jason, and Isabel. Although at times serious and often wise, he definitely had a wicked sense of humour. And will be missed by his brother Jeffery’s widow, Megan, and nephews Paul and Vee, Nick and Liz.

                            “Forever loved and remembered. We will think of you

                              as we sit listening to the birds enjoying the sunshine.”

Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Roger Duke, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545.  In accordance with Roger’s wishes a private cremation has taken place. Dad asked us to have coffee and cake in lieu of a funeral, so we will be arranging a “Roger’s Afternoon Tea” Memorial in late September, details to follow.