Hundreds attend East Molesey funeral of PC Andrew Duncan
Uniformed police lined the streets and the Mayor of London was among hundreds who attended the funeral of PC Andrew Duncan this afternoon.
PC Duncan, 47, was killed on September 22 as he tried to stop a speeding car while carrying out a traffic patrol in Reigate Avenue, Sutton.
His coffin was led to St Mary’s Church, East Molesey, by an officer playing the bagpipes, followed by his wife Claire and children Adam and Emma, who were clutching police helmets in their arms.
Officers provided a guard of honour as the coffin was carried into the church for a 45-minute service attended by hundreds, some of whom were in a marquee, with the church at capacity.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Boris Johnson and mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Mike Bennison, were among the mourners.
Opening the service, Reverend Richard Lloyd, minister-in-charge of St Mary’s, said: “We are here to give thanks for Andrew’s life. We are here to give love to his family and his role within the community, particular to the sea scouts.”
John Duncan, Andrew’s father, stood before those who had gathered to pay their respects and read a passage from the book of Corinthians.
PC Duncan’s sister, Julia Williamson, paid tribute to her brother in the eulogy and said he was a “lovely man who was loved by everyone who knew him”.
Ms Williamson said: “He loved his home comforts; his dressing down, his slippers and a strong cup of tea and could fall asleep anywhere.
“His kindness was appreciated by everyone who knew him. He was a great son and lovely brother. He will stay in our hearts forever and will live on through Adam and Emma.”
Chief Superintendant Glyn Jones, from the traffic operational command unit, also read a eulogy on behalf of the Metropolitan Police.
He said: “Andrew was killed in the line of duty as he sought to protect others from the dangers of speeding drivers. Andrew did his duty, and more, for the people of London and we in our turn will stand by Andrews’ family.
“Andrew is sorely missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered as someone who could always be relied upon; who would never let you down and who always gave his best. Andrew always had a smile. He was and is extremely well respected by all who had the great privilege to know him.
“This is how we shall remember Andrew Duncan.”
The service was followed by a private cremation service for friends and family of PC Duncan and a wake was held at Imber Court.
PC Duncan’s family ask that donations in his memory are made to the RNLI and 1st Molesey Jaguar Sea Scouts through FWPaine funeral directors in Walton Road, East Molesey.
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