Obituary for Bruce Duncan

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Bruce Duncan

December 20, 1958 - April 15, 2018

Bruce Thomas Duncanson “General Bruce” born December 20, 1958, passed on to peace and glory April 15, 2018. He was a passionate peace and environmental activist, loving son, brother and friend to all. 

 Preceded to be with Our Heavenly Father by his father, Donald Duncanson, step-father Richard Kramer, loving grandparents, aunts Anne Englehart and Mary Hardin, Uncle Jack Hardin, dearly departed babies of family members and dear family friends Angela and Sam Fasone. He is now is their loving care awaiting our arrival.  

 Survived by his loving mother Priscilla Kramer, sisters Laura Duncanson and Annette (Marcdavid) Cohn, step-siblings Barbara, John, Sarah, Mandy, Matthew and Lucy, nephew Zachary Buckley, aunt Betty (Tom) Haller, uncle Michael Englehart, cousins Rob, Tim, Rick, Peggy, Elizabeth Dan, Matthew, Michelle, Amy and Becky and loving service dog Gabby. 

 Bruce was so kind, caring, loving, funny, adventurous, hard working and worked tirelessly for world peace. He worked as a carpenter, mechanic and courier at Turner Construction where he was always ready with a joke to make someone’s day. He was also passionate about family and people in need and did so much to care for everyone. He helped his sisters so much in their lives and was always there when he was needed.  He supported his sister in raising her son and was Zach’s continued teacher and playmate. He also visited his dad every month for many years near Cincinnati.  He helped his sisters to care for his mother even when he was sick with cancer.  After his dad passed on, he did all he could to help a disabled friend, even checking on Frank within the last days of his life.

 Bruce lived on a commune in Minnesota in his late teens and early twenties, he then lived and worked in Minneapolis and Duluth doing carpentry and mechanics. He also lived in Eugene, OR and traveled the country in his truck and by hitch hiking spreading the word about peace and environmental conservation.

 Sadly, Bruce was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his late twenties, the same illness his father had. He then stayed in Ohio to because it was important to him to be more involved with his family. He took medication for many years and eventually slowly tapered off his medication and onto supplements and did quite well. Most doctors would say to never do this and we were worried. It is possible he was misdiagnosed.

 He had such a positive attitude about trying to recover from cancer and that attitude spread to other people around him. He continued to try to spread the message of peace and also used his faith, love and humor a lot in his cancer treatment.

 Our family wants to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped and loved Bruce! So many people took turns walking Gabby, bringing food, donating money for supplements and healthy food, supporting Bruce and his family emotionally, spending time with him, texting, emailing and doing things for Bruce so he could stay independent and fight cancer naturally. We especially want to thank Hospice of Central Ohio, their nurses, aides, therapists and volunteers, everyone who helped Bruce at Stafford Village like Haruka, Marty, Roger and especially Charlotte and other friends  like Ann, Michael and especially Robb Ebright and his family for always being there for Bruce. We don’t know everyone who helped Bruce, but you helped him immeasurably even if it was only one call, visit or small donation.

 Here is some history about Bruce’s activism, written by his good friend, Robb:

Bruce first got started with peace activism while living in Minnesota. He was a part of the anti-nuclear movement that was working to prevent nuclear war and eliminate the threat of nuclear bombs. It was here that he also came up with the idea for a Peace Army. Bruce had struggled with mental health and he realized the value that people who had mental health problems could contribute to society rather than being marginalized. His idea the Peace Army for Mental Health was one of the many inspirational ideas he came up with over his lifetime of activism. His work as an advocate for the peace army is how he became known as General Bruce to many in the anti-war movement. See Bruce describe it himself on youtube at –


Later in 2006 Bruce got involved with the newly formed Indymedia and Video the Vote. He helped interview voters and try to prevent the kinds of electoral mishaps that were rampant in Ohio in 2004. Bruce was a strong believer in the notion of creating alternative media and a favorite project of Bruce was to create DVD video compilations of various videos he found interesting and informative of alternative view points. Bruce was also skeptical of the official explanation of 9-11 and worked to share viewpoints critical of those who used 9-11 as an excuse to go to war.

When the oil/gas extraction technique known as fracking started to happen in Ohio Bruce was on the front-line informing people of the environmental dangers created by this practice. While living in Licking County he worked with local environmentalists to organize tabling to inform the public of the practice and to oppose the spreading of fracking waste salt as a deicer on local roads. This is now being proposed state-wide as bill 393 see for more information. Bruce would want you to help oppose this.

All through out his activism Bruce remained a christian in the best sense of the word, tirelessly advocating for peace, for the poor and against the greed and materialism that is so commonplace in our society. He came up with the idea of Justice Enrichment Therapy – (see But you can hear about Bruce in his own words – see

He always maintained a deep spiritual connection to the words of Christ and was inspirational to all in his tireless struggle against the injustices he saw in the world.

 Services will be held at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 64 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Visiting Time will begin at 10am. Lunch will be at the church after the service. All are welcome! In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice of Central Ohio, Clintonville Resource Center or the charity of your choice. Bruce would have also liked people to donate to charities for children, animals and peace and environmental causes.  Peace!



Pam Hatch posted on April 20, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family. Bruce will be dearly missed but never forgotten. He was a true friend to many and possessed a very big heart. Peace to him and his loving family.


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