Services Friday for Richard Duncan, husband of Salisbury Police Chief

The community is expressing compassion and support for Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan, whose husband, Richard, died last weekend.

His funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Reached briefly late Saturday, Chief Duncan stated she was struggling and by that evening, friends had begun posting messages of sympathy on Facebook.

“My sincere condolences to you and your family,” George Randolph of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of White Plains, N.Y.

“Hey Chief, just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about Richie’s passing. I’m in total shock as I’m sure you and the kids are. You all have my love and sympathy. May he rest in peace. I’ll never forget him,” Emma Blauvelt of Westchester, N.Y., wrote.

Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath said the City Council will “keep the chief and her family in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

“As always, we will rally around her and support her in whatever she needs and we ask that all citizens keep her in their thoughts as well,” Heath said.

The Greater Salisbury Committee canceled its Business Roundtable set for Friday.

“We know canceling this meeting is the right and honorable thing to do. Please join me in keeping Chief Duncan and her four sons in our collective thoughts and prayers at this difficult time,” Dunn wrote.

Barbara Duncan was named the city’s 10th police chief and the first woman in the city’s history in 2010. She was formerly police chief in Mount Vernon, N.Y. She began her career there in 1989.

Her husband retired from the Mount Vernon, N.Y., police force in 1998. On his Facebook page, there’s an older snapshot of him in full uniform standing behind a police motorcycle.

“I’m an adorable and harmless old man,” he wrote as a self-description.

His most recent post, on July 24, is a happy birthday message to his daughter Erica, who he referred to as “my sweetie.”

His daughter, Erica Donnachaidh posted a photo of her father, smiling slightly, in a white undershirt and what appears to be a chef’s hat, each of his hands on the shoulder of two young daughters.

“Everyone’s going to miss his humor and love. He was the kindest, funniest and best man I’ve ever known,” she wrote.

In March, Duncan posted a photo of daughter Carissa Duncan, and praised her for shaving her head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s for childhood cancer research.

“She will also donate her long, beautiful hair for a wig for a cancer patient. I would appreciate any contribution you can make. As always, I am very proud of her,” he wrote.


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