Allan R Wunsch
14 September, 1938 – 11 November, 2020
Allan Rogers Wunsch was born to Grace Mildred Rogers Wunsch and George Henry Wunsch on September 14, 1938 in Brooklynn, New York. Allan “abandoned the physical garment and ascended to the spiritual world” November 11, 2020. His kind and generous presence will be sorely missed by many friends, his Bahá’í family, and cousins; Patti Weiler, Jessica Ostick, and Nancy Geissler.
Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from The College of the City of New York, served in the Army as a First Lieutenant then obtained a Master of Arts in Education from The City University of New York. His entire career was as a teacher in the Copiague Public Schools.
One of Allan’s greatest enjoyments was to travel. He would make arrangements for students and parents to travel with him to destinations throughout the United States and Europe during summers and holidays. This love of travel continued throughout his adult life with his last journey being a Bahá’í Pilgrimage to Haifa, Israel during the Ridvan Festival in May, 2018. Allan was not only a dedicated teacher, he was also a Boy Scout Leader for many years. He grew up as a Boy Scout and was determined to provide and foster the joy of service through scouting. He donated his collection of Boy Scout memorabilia to a new Boy Scout museum. Allan had a passion for collecting and identifying pottery. He was often consulted to aid in identifying pottery for collectors. He coauthored with Linda Carrigan the book ‘Weller Pottery The Rare, The Unusual, The Seldom Seen’ with most of the photographs taken from his immense collection of Weller pottery. He generously provided select pieces from his collection to the Pottery Museum in Zanesville, Ohio. He would also attend local flee markets and garage sales to locate pottery made in Bradenton then donate the pieces to the historical society.
His kind and generous nature was an inspiration to everyone he knew. Every year, Allan would engage the Bahá’í community and friends to collect food items, toiletries and clothing throughout the year for One Stop/Our Daily Bread in Bradenton. He would take great joy in announcing how many pounds of canned goods he had dropped off each month.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: One Stop/Our Daily Bread 710 18th Avenue West Bradenton, Florida 34205 *A gentle reminder to Baha’is that a Memorial Contribution in Allan’s name may be made to any of the many Funds through OCS or check.
Wednesday, 18 November , 2020
Allan R Wunsch
16 November 2020
Our beloved Allan was truly a unique soul. He was able to attune to people, their needs, their hopes, their dreams, and tap into a deep encouragement and care. He ached for those who suffered and longed to find constructive ways of easing the burdens of others. As parents, we felt a sense of abiding joy that Uncle Allan was such a force for good in our children’s lives. He listened deeply, cued in on the details, and then set about quietly humbly loving all of us through our trials or triumphs. Thank you, Allan. On wings of angels will you fly...