Duke Elliott was born in Peterborough, Ontario to Cecil Garfield Elliott and his wife Gladys (Ward) on November 25, 1926. Duke enlisted in the Canadian army on November 25th, 1944 on the day of his eighteenth birthday. Duke’s tours of duty included Canada and the Far East; in particular, Korea. While stationed in Korea he was wounded when out of 41 men in his group, only 11 came back alive. Duke was honourably discharged on June 23rd, 1957 and awarded the Korean Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. In 1997 Her Majesty the Queen approved the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal in 1997 following the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to all peacekeepers in 1988, which Duke received on November 11th.
Duke and Jan were married on July 12, 1958 and resided in Edmonton, Alberta until they moved to Golden, B.C. on August 15, 1967. Initially Duke bought the Glacier Janitor business and after a few years moved on to be a milkman and then worked in the Government Liquor store for a number of years. Following that he then began working as the first Rural Route mail delivery person in Golden until his retirement. Duke became a member of the Legion Branch 122 on December 2, 1968. His years of service and devotion to the Branch are many, including service as President of the Branch in 1973/74 and again in 1984. Duke was a dedicated family man who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His biggest passion was fishing, especially at his favourite spot Mitten Lake. In recent years health problems began to take their toll, and although graced with some measure of recovery, he passed away early Sunday morning, on June 22, 2008, at the age of 81.
Duke was predeceased by his father Cecil Garfield, mother Gladys, brother Jack Elliott and sister Patricia. He is survived by and leaves in mourning his wife, Jeanette; with whom he had four children; Karen and husband Rod Flewin of Golden, B.C.; Elaine Frost of Golden, B.C.; Christine and husband James Ayton of Calgary, Alberta; Douglas Elliott and wife Jocelyn, of Cranbrook, B.C.; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; three children from his first marriage, Darlene and husband Perry Robinson; Garfield Elliott and wife Carol; and Marlene Kimble and husband Kim; along with 10 additional grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; one brother Russell Elliott and wife Ramona of Golden, B.C.; one sister Erma Collins of Keswick, Ontario; three sister-in-laws, Martha Dalueg of Forestburg, Alberta; Rita and husband Ted Price of Camrose, Alberta; Mary Steinhauer of Edmonton, Alberta; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A Memorial Tea was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Golden on Saturday afternoon, June 28th. Cremation with interment of Duke’s cremated remains in the family plot of Mountain View (Legion) Cemetery, Golden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice, in memory of Duke.
Cremation arrangements were in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden.