The Milne/Smeed Connection

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Remembering Duncan

The following are comments made on Facebook as a result of the previous post:

Jane Seal How very sad. Duncan was cared for in the same nursing home as my mother in law so we saw him quite often until 18 months ago when my mother in law passed away. He was obviously happy and well liked by residents and staff .
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Mary Muddell Duncan was a very familiar face in and around Dormansland for most of his life. He could often be seen riding his bike between Dormansland and Dormans Park where he resided for many years, before going into Orchard Court Nursing Home , Lingfield. Your Mum (Bet Smeed Milne)was a great support to him whilst she stayed in Dormansland and I think he must have got great comfort from that.
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Mary Muddell RIP Duncan ( Curly ) Smeed.
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Frances Gaunt So sad Duncan has died. He is the last one of the family I remember from very young. He was always a loner, but seemed happy. I know Grandad thought a lot of him, he lived at Orchard Cottage with Audrey, Perce and Doris when I was young. Sleep well Curly x



Duncan Cowan Bowen 1934 – 2014

Duncan Cowan Bowen died on Christmas Day, 25 December 2014 at the Orchard Court Nursing Home in Lingfield, Surrey where he had been residing for the last few years.

Duncan (Curley) was born in September, 1934 in Sussex. He was the son of the late Duncan Cowan Bowen, Sr. and the late Doris Florence Smeed. His parents separated when he was quite young and in later years, Duncan chose to be known by his mother’s maiden name of Smeed.

Curley was a lifelong bachelor and preferred to live a fairly solitary life.

Photo ca 1985 by E. A. Milne