Raymond W. Dunn Jr.
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Raymond "Benji" Williams Dunn Jr. passed away peacefully and of natural causes, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the age of 79. Ray was the son of Alice and Raymond Dunn Sr., and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Cynthia, and his children, Steve (Chris), Garret (Margo), and Jodi (Dave). Ray "Papa" will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren, Hayden, Molly, Parker, Jordan, Owen, and Jackson, and four step-grandchildren, Sam, Paige, Henry, and Morgan. Ray will also be forever remembered by his extended family and dear friends. A native of Pembroke, Ray proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, and upon leaving the service attended Wentworth College in Boston. In 1958, he began a career with Prudential Life Insurance before starting his own Waste Services business, Old Colony Disposal, in 1962. Old Colony was acquired by a firm that became part of industry leading BFI - Waste Management, and over the next 40 years, Ray worked his way from a front-line sales position to being Manager of New England Sales and Corporate Acquisitions. Ray left the business briefly in the early 1970s to work at Cersosimo Lumber Co. in Vermont, where he ran their furniture business. Ray loved RV traveling, criss-crossing the country with his wife four times in his retirement years. He also loved a good round of golf, good food and friends, and above all his cherished family. Ray was never happier than when spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids, always proclaiming in those moments that "it doesnt get better than this." Memorial visiting hours will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 2-6 p.m., at Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St. (Rte. 106), Kingston. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ray may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. To offer condolences or for directions, please visit www.shepherdfuneralhome.com. Shepherd Funeral Home, Kingston.

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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 10, 2018.
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April 14, 2018
So sad to hear of the passing of Benji. My dad (Bill Richards) called me this morning to let me know. He passed away on the 31st anniversary of my mom's (Barbara) passing. That must mean something for sure. I remember as a kid we drove up to Vermont for a visit. We were towing a pop up camping trailer trying to get it up the mountain to their home. What a view they had. Breathtaking. I always remember Benji laughing when ever we got together for any family function. Condolences to Cynthia and the rest of family for your losss. May you find comfort in your memories. Fondly, Cathy-Lynne (Richards) Belair
Cathy-Lynne (Richards) Belair
April 13, 2018
Dear sweet cousin Benji. You could hear his laugh before you could ever see him. As a child spending summers in Pembroke, Benji was my pal one year older but many years wiser. When he took Jr. Life Saving Classes at the Town Beach I went and learned how to save swimmers. When he and my brother, Ron swam together to the Brown Betty Raft, I learned courage from them. We would pile into the row boat and paddle around the island on Oldham Pond, and go ashore to see what clues had left by other visitors. Grandma Dunn and Aunt Dill would wave as we rowed by their house. As a teenager Benji owned a watermelon shaped motor boat which was all the rage at that time . He generously let me splay myself on the deck of the boat until the day when he hit some surf and my bouncing weight broke the balsa wood that shaped the bow. I had my first lessons on what was under the hood when Benji and Normie Shepherd and the guys would gather at Normie's house to compare their hot rods. And my first lessons playing Pool with Benji in the rec room at the Shepherds have lasted me a life time. Benji and his parents were always part of our holidays at Aunty Mildred's or as Benji called her Mim. The Thanksgiving when Ron got his license, the three of us piled into the old 1946 Plymouth and dragged it zero to 60 (shifting gears) down one of the Main Streets of Pembroke with a stop watch in hand. Benji was the first of our generation to proudly serve in the military. When we heard that Benji had found the love of his life we were thrilled for him. Little could we image back then what a legacy he and Cynthia would leave. While our lives took new direction, we have continued to stay in touch over the years. When I look at the list of names in the newspaper that began with their marriage, I am assured that the Dunn family will proudly continue for generations. Can't wait to see which of the children inherited Benji's laugh.
Diane Dunn Porter Burbank
April 11, 2018
When conjuring a kaleidoscope of Pembroke and its personalities, "Benji" Dunn" stood out as a living example of Pembroke. He truly had a heart of gold ,a willingness to help, and a smile that would brighten any day.Godspeed Benji and may God Bless and comfort your family. Thank you for being a part of our lives.
William (Billy) Burke
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