DUNN, William Charles Hugh
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April 8, 1946 - April 14, 2012
Charlie Dunn said a last loving goodbye to his family at home on Saturday, April 14. His two and a half year struggle with pancreatic cancer and heart disease came to an end surrounded by tenderness, prayer, his favorite music, and birds singing. During his 66 years, Charlie was well-loved by all who knew him, and cherished dearly by his best friend and wife of 42 years, MaryAnn (Bagordo). Charlie had close relationships with each of his children, Teri, Tony and Paula, as well as their spouses, Larry Beckwith, Jody Ciufo and Ben Thomas. He was forever proud of his granddaughters, Alison and Juliet Beckwith, and had a special bond with his step-grandson, Laurier Lamontagne. Charlie is survived by his sisters, Judy Beaumont and Carol Dunn, and in-laws Joanna and Hank Harju and Paul and Tina Bagordo. He was known as "Bill" to his many flying friends, former colleagues and countless others who sought his help in unravelling their computer woes. Charlie-Bill was raised in Montreal, and graduated with pride from the electrical engineering program at Queen's University. He employed his strong work ethic at Nortel Networks for 31 years, and more recently with CASARA as a navigator and database manager. The world of Civil Air Search and Rescue has lost a devoted champion. Somewhere in heaven, Charlie is likely tinkering with computers, fixing something, or flying his very own Cessna, perhaps over the family cottage he built at Robertson Lake. The family is indebted to the extraordinary nurses from Carefor. Friends may call at The Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes (3440 Richmond Road, Nepean) on Tuesday, April 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will held at St. Basil's Church (Maitland North at the Queensway) on Wednesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Victoria's Quilts Canada or the Canadian Cancer Foundation. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 16, 2012