In Memoriam: Harvey Duncan

Worked in Foreign Exchange

Adapted from The Weekly Fix, UK:

Harvey Duncan, one of the London FX market’s more popular characters, passed away on May 18, 2009.
Harvey had fought a long battle against cancer, which he was apparently on the way to beating, when he suffered a heart attack.

He joined Chase Manhattan in London in 1975; in the early 1980s, he was trading USD/NLG at the bank. 

At the time of his passing, he was on sick leave from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.

“Harvey was universally liked across the floor,” says Vincent Delorenzo, head of FX sales for EMEA. “He was one of those characters who made it fun to come to work every day. He had a unique sense of humour and he will be sorely missed not only at Bank of America but by all who knew him I am sure. Harvey was a true English gentleman.”

His family have asked that, if wished, donations are made to the David Adams Appeal Fund for the Royal Marsden Hospital at

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From Brendan Hoare: Harvey worked with myself, Alan Ulrich, David Adamson, Albert Hoyle , Michael Milne, Mike Hillier, Bob Foy, Dave Sasse and many others in  the Chase London Treasury Department. We were Foreign Exchange traders.
Harvey had worked at Chase from 1975 until 1996, during which time he was sent to Singapore for a short while to head the FX side of the business out there.
     He was a real gentleman and character, educated at Charterhouse, one of England's top schools.
     The City of London is a much quieter, sadder place without him.  He could bring a smile to your face any time; I smile thinking of him.
     He leaves a lovely wife, Jo, and three great children, Laura, Emma and Nicholas, as well as a very young grandson, Alfie. May God bless his family and friends.