Centenarian, World War II veteran, former chairman of the International Caregivers Association Board, and founder of Labor of Love weekend in Loudoun Norman Duncan died Friday.
Duncan was a longtime advocate for caregivers. He was his wife Elsie’s primary caregiver as she lived with Alzheimer’s until her death in 2015. Labor of Love weekend, observed in Loudoun each Labor Day weekend, honors and calls attention to the work of caregivers.
He remained active in Loudoun until the end of his life, serving on the board of the Loudoun Symphony and in the American Legion, as well as on a number of county government committees including the Transit Advisory Board and the Economic Development Advisory Commission.
Among his many accolades, Duncan was last year bestowed the rank of Knightof the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony at the French Embassyin Washington, DC, in recognitionof the services heprovidedduring military campaigns throughoutFranceduring the war. It is the highest French Order of Meritfor military and civilian individuals, and was establishedin 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Duncan served with the 29th Infantry Division and supported the allied troops storming the beaches of Normandy in 1944 as a U.S. Army master supply sergeant.
He was also repeatedly honored with resolutions from the county Board of Supervisors.