Duncan 'wore his heart on sleeve'

Published date: 12 February 2014 |
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FAMILY members have spoken of their devastation following the death of a “gregarious and warm-hearted” student.

Duncan Edward Monteith, who was a student at the University of Chester, suffered a brain haemorrhage while driving on the A55 near Northop on Friday morning.

His car collided into the central reservation and he was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, but died shortly afterwards.

He was 27.

Yesterday his father David, step-father Peter McAllister, brother Alasdair and sister-in-law Lucy spoke of their tragic loss.

“He was so looking forward to finishing his assignments and building a career in marketing and PR,” said Mr McAllister.

“He was gregarious and emotional and wore his heart on his sleeve.

“He was so open and warm-hearted and got close to people very quickly.

“That’s why he had so many close friends whose messages of support have been so supportive at this difficult time.”

Scores of tributes were posted on a “Remember Duncan Monteith” Facebook tribute group page, which had more than 200 members.

Brother Alasdair said the family had been overwhelmed by the messages of sympathy they had received.

Duncan was born in St Asaph and lived with his family in Glan Conwy.

A former pupil at Rydal School in Colwyn Bay and Llandrillo College, where his mother Melanie was a French lecturer, he then went on to complete a degree in sociology at Lancaster University. In his time at the University of Chester, where he was described as enthusiastic, well-liked and talented by tutors, he was in the process of completing a master’s degree in business studies.

He lived in Edinburgh for a short time, but returned to the family home when his mother was diagnosed with cancer to assist in her care.

He was also loved by grandparents Bernard and Joan Jones, as well as his half-brother and sister, James and Alice, and nieces Sonny, Eloise and Isobel.

He also loved animals, particularly family dogs Daisy and Buster and enjoyed photography and playing Blues guitar with his group Purple Fox in Llandudno.

Other hobbies included paragliding and travel.

His father added: “Duncan had a great sense of adventure.”

“He would do anything for anyone, even if it meant dropping everything and driving for hours.”

The funeral will take place in Glan Conwy on a date to be confirmed.

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