William Benjamin Duck 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1879 to 1899
Area of Specialization:
Family Physician and Surgeon  


Dr. William Benjamin Duck was born on the 4th of September, 1857, in Morpeth.  His parents were Isaac Duck and the former Grace Webb.  He had 2 younger sisters; Eliza and Grace.  He also had 2 younger brothers, who died very young.  His father was a blacksmith.  Dr. Duck was educated at Morpeth Public School, Dundas Collegiate Institute and the Toronto Normal School.

Dr. Duck attended Trinity Medical College and graduated with his M.B. in 1879 from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.  Dr. Duck received the highest percentage of marks in his final exams.

Dr. Duck returned to Morpeth, following his graduation and set up his medical practice.  He advertised in the 1880 Kent County Directory.

In 1886 Dr. Duck went to Europe and did post graduate work in Paris, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Lyon and Marseilles.  Upon his return to Canada, Dr. Duck settled in Preston (now known as Cambridge), Ontario.

Dr. Duck was Chairman of the Preston Board of Education and served in that capacity for 2 years.  He was a physician to the A.O.U.W., The Independent Order of Foresters, and The Oddfellows.  He became the Medical Officer of Health for Preston.  Dr. Duck advertised in the 1893 Ontario Gazetteer in Preston.

He married Clara Roos on the 28th of May, 1894, at a private residence in Guelph.  Mrs. Duck was born in Ontario on the 17th of February 1864.  She was the daughter of George and Rachel Roos.  She had an older sister named Angeline, and 2 younger siblings; George and Caroline.  Mrs. Duck died just a year later on the 1st of June, 1895. She was buried at the Preston Cemetery.

Dr. Duck died on the 20th of January, 1899 in Preston, Ontario of pneumonia.  He was buried at the Morpeth Cemetery near his parents.  He was 41 years old.