Calvin Dunwoody
1921 - 2015
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DUNWOODY, CALVIN B. 94, Kennebunk, ME, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at The Cedars in Portland. He was born July 17, 1921 in Newport, RI of Kingsland and Janet (Barber) Dunwoody. He grew up in Swampscott, MA and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy ('39), MIT ('43) & Yale ('48). He served in the American Field Service during WWII, receiving the British Empire medal in 1944. He retired as Director of Planning and Development, State of Rhode Island, Dept. of Environmental Management after 35 years (1988), previously holding the position of Chief of Forestry for the Department of Natural Resources. Calvin was an explorer, adventurer, world mountaineer, 50 State High pointer, champion triathlete, yachtsman, pilot, lacrosse player, skier, swim coach, grandfather, dad, friend and mentor, loved, admired and respected by family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Helen (Pansewicz). Calvin is survived by his sister, Nancy McReel of Wells, Maine; a daughter, Jan (Paul) of Bellingham WA; three sons, Peter of Kingfield ME, Steven of Falmouth ME and Donald (Sherri) of East Greenwich RI, and seven grandchildren Calvin, Sam, Camille, James, Paul, Helena and Cael. In lieu of service, memorial donations to Southern Maine Hospice and Nature Conservatory Maine are suggested.
Published in The Providence Journal on Jul. 31, 2015.
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July 24, 2019
Will always remember this remarkable man. What a privilege to have met him.
Ursula Kurten
October 29, 2018
Up you go Calvin. You are a good Man.
stephen wood
September 3, 2016
My heart is saddened to hear of the passing of this amazing man. I met him on a biking trip through Portugal and he was such an inspiration to me. "Keep travelling, its a big world and much to see", were his last words to me.
Ursula Kurten
August 30, 2015
Just heard about Cal's passing and wanted to send my condolences to the whole family. Cal was a member of the YMCA in Biddeford for many years. As an employee there and in fitness we got to know each other and I was always interested to hear about all his adventures. I'm sure he is sadly missed
Jan LeBlanc
August 8, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the Dunwoody Family. May the Hearer of Prayer be of comfort to you at this time. (Psalms 83:18)
August 7, 2015
Wonderful coach to us for many years. Sorry for your loss Peter,Steve,and Don...
The Hyde Family
August 5, 2015
To the Dunwoody family,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. What a wonderful life he lived. He influenced many individuals and families with his years of dedication coaching. Our condolences to you all.
The Creed Family
August 4, 2015
My sincere condolences to the Dunwoody family on your great loss. May you find peace and comfort during this sad time...Psalm 25:16,17.
August 3, 2015
To Don and family....What a life legacy your Dad lived! To be proud of for sure. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Sincerely, Debbie (Smith)Dean
August 2, 2015
Cal; You will be missed. You were a mentor and friend. Your love of forestry and the natural world is a hard act to follow. I have made good on the pledge I made to you. I am entering my 11th year teaching forestry at URI. I only promised you 10. This year is totally dedicated to you. I will always remember. Tom Dupree, Chief, DEM Division of Forest Environment (1986-2005).
August 1, 2015
A wonderful coach to all the Gleason's for years. Certainly, a life well lived. Our condolences to the Dunwoody family.
The Gleason Family
August 1, 2015
Dear Don & Siblings,
Your father sounds like he was a really great man. May you all have peace in knowing he is in the Lord's arms and now with your mother too. He must have been very proud of your accomplishments.
Tee & Joseph Berthel
July 31, 2015
What an amazing person. Mr. Dunwoody was my swim coach during the late 60's & 70's. I have fond memories of those years. May his family have comfort in knowing he influenced many young swimmers.
Julie Drew Peterson
July 30, 2015
Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.
Thank you for your service.
July 30, 2015
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Bibber Family
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