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Howard Dunn 1924 - 2012 BRATTLEBORO Howard N. Dunn, 88 of Western Avenue formerly of Edgar Road in Spofford died early Saturday morning, May 12, 2012 at Cheshire Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Dunn was born in Westfield, Vermont on March 30, 1924 the son of Daniel and Linda (Whipple) Dunn. He attended school in North Troy, Vermont and worked on the family farm up until the time it was sold. With his family he moved to Brattleboro in 1952. He went to work at Woodward Lumber in Brattleboro for eight years until the death of Sheiryl Woodward and while employed at the mill served as vice-president of its union. He later worked at the former C.F. Church Company in Brattleboro and the former BookPress where he served as Vice-President and President of their union. He retired from the BookPress in 1986 following 26 dedicated and faithful years with the company. During his retirement he worked on a part-time basis for McClay's Market on Park Avenue in Keene and later as an associate for the Atamaniuk Funeral Home in Brattleboro. Mr. Dunn was a past member of the Keene Moose Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445. A devout Catholic he was a communicant of Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Keene where he served as an usher. Of his hobbies and interests, he enjoyed attending auctions, collecting antique clocks, crackle glass, Shelley dishes and Hummels. He also enjoyed dancing and country and western music. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and in his youth played ball for several area teams that included the Westfield (VT) Wildcats, Troy (NH) Tigers and the West River Team in Brattleboro. Mr. Dunn was very proud of his Irish heritage and his ancestors that included William Whipple who was one of the original signers of The Declaration of Independence. He enjoyed socializing and was known for his spirit of friendship. On May 12, 1961 at Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church he was married to Mabel (Parsons) Coombs who predeceased him on May 10, 2005. Survivors include his step-son David Coombs and wife Charlotte of Vernon; five grandsons, Michael Coombs, Mathew Coombs, David Orr, Daniel Orr and Douglas Orr; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah and Owen Coombs. He also leaves one sister, Melba Osgood, of Wethersfield, Conn.; one brother, Lawrence Dunn, of Charlton, Mass.; his very good friend and companion of nine years, Marilyn Noble, of Brattleboro and many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife he was predeceased by a step-daughter, Barbara Orr; two brothers, Morris and Arah Dunn; and four sisters, Lena, Mildred, Theresa and Bernice; and several nephews. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. at Saint Margaret Mary Parish, 35 Arch Street in Keene. Committal Rites and burial will follow in Chesterfield West Cemetery in Chesterfield. A reception will follow the committal rites to be held at the V.F.W Post #1034 on Black Mountain Road. Friends are invited to call at the ATAMANIUK FUNERAL HOME on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions in Mr. Dunn's name may be made to The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St., Brattleboro, VT 05301, or to Rescue Inc. P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.

Published in Brattleboro Reformer from May 14 to May 15, 2012
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