Jay Duncan was always willing to go the extra mile to help the people he cared about, said his daughter, Jennifer Duncan.
“He always was willing to help,” she said. “Every cop that came to his wake said he was always there to help out with whatever they needed.”
Jay Duncan, 65, of Highland, died Sept. 23. He was a 1967 Hammond High School graduate. He was a Navy veteran, serving on the USS John F. Kennedy.
He had been a Hammond police officer and had worked at Strack & Van Til and Menards.
He never gave up during his battle with cancer, she said.
“He always held out hope he would get better, even in the end,” she said.
He was an avid sports fan, and in his younger years he enjoyed playing football and hockey. In later years, he loved to golf, his daughter said.
“If the weather was nice and the course was open, he would golf into December,” she said. “He’d golf three or four times a week if he could.”
Jennifer Duncan, who was an only child, said her father was her best friend growing up.
“He spent time taking me to museums, Shedd Aquarium, Illiana Speedway. He tried to be interested in what I was interested in,” she said.
She said she realizes how lucky she was to know that he loved her unconditionally and that he was proud of her.
“Who I was was enough,” she said. “I always grew up knowing how much I was loved. I realize how lucky I am to have that legacy to hold on to.”