William J. Dunham (1920 - 2014)

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William J. Dunham

AGE: 93 • Bluffton, SC

William J. Dunham of Bluffton, SC (Sun City) entered into eternal rest on March 24th, 2014. He was born on May 27, 1920 in Perth Amboy, NJ and was the son of the late John A. and Madelyn Dunham. He was a 1937 graduate of Perth Amboy High School and a 1941 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. His claim to fame at Notre Dame was playing the drums in the marching band. He later became the first Glockenspiel player and was known as the "Gene Krupa" of the "4 Horseman of Swing" band out in South Bend. His love of big band music was only surpassed by the love of his college sweetheart, June and his many trips to attend reunions and football games at ND. William was proud to serve his country in the US Coast Guard during World War II. After his military service ended, he returned to school and received his Masters in Education from NYU. He became a professor of American History and Government at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. He received the Mc Quade Medal for his exemplary 42 years in education at SHU from President Ronald Reagan. William also co-authored a book, The Government of New Jersey.

He was a long time resident of Edison, NJ where he was an active member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for 30 years. He also served on the Charter Commission in 1956 where he advocated for a change in the form of government in Edison Township to a Mayor/Council administration as outlined in the Faulkner Act. He was an avid Democratic supporter who worked on several committees. He was also a 3rd Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was previously involved with the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

William is survived by his daughters, Barbara Eosso, Betsy Dowling and Mary Deak (Steve), all of Sun City, Bluffton, SC and a son, William Jr. (Sharon), Edison, NJ; his 9 grandchildren: William Eosso (Adrienne), Bluffton SC, Tim Eosso (Linda), Monroe, NJ, Aimee Old (Dan), Cooper City, FL, Jennifer Anger (Brian), Auburn, MA, Lara Rodriguez (Andres), Arlington, VA, Megan Rosenfield (Jon), Sutton, MA, Lisa Kline (Tom), Edison, NJ, Brian and Joe Dunham, Edison, NJ and his 13 great-grandchildren: Matthew, Kayla, Lucas and Brianna Eosso, Emmerson Old, Tyler and Madison Anger, Alexandra and Nicholas Daly, Jonathan and Jack Rosenfield, Kaylin and Alexa Kline and his constant and faithful companion, his dog, Roxy. Aside from his parents, William was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, June, son-in-law Roger Eosso and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing will be private. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 28th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com

Published in Home News Tribune on Mar. 26, 2014
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