Earl Fields Dunham

February 23, 1927March 11, 2018
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Earl (Whitey) Fields Dunham, 91, of Orleans passed away peacefully on March 11, 2018 in Centerville surrounded by family. Whitey was born on Feb 23, 1927 in Worcester, Mass to Earl and Katherine Dunham. He was predeceased by his parents, and his loving wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Dunham in 2011.

He is survived by his three children, Kathy Perreault and her husband Fred of Orleans, Judy Crystaloski and her husband Jim of Brewster, and Noel Dunham and his wife Susan of Nashua, NH. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Lillian Meehan, Hilary Young and Michael & David Dunham; his great-grandchildren, Dylan Fox, Riley Meehan and Katie Hoffman; and great-great-grandson Stephyn Hoffman.

Whitey graduated from Orleans High School where he met his wife Betty. They married in 1947. They raised their three children in their Willie Atwood Road home of almost 60 years – a home filled with love that spans generations! He served in the U.S. Army during WWII until medically discharged. He worked for the Commonwealth of Mass. D.P.W., Engineering Dept. for 40+years. After retiring he worked as an attendant at Nauset and Skaket Beaches in Orleans each summer. Whitey had been recognized numerous times for his extensive contributions to youth sports in Orleans and the surrounding area. He was a founding father of Little League Baseball in Orleans. For several decades Whitey refereed high school soccer and basketball, and umpired baseball. The Little League field next to the Town Hall in Orleans was named in his honor in 1981. Over the years he was a member of the Traffic Study Committee in Orleans, Nauset Regional School Committee and the Massachusetts and National Approved Basketball Officials Board. He was also a member of the Universal Masonic Lodge.

Whitey was an avid golfer. He and his wife were members at Ocean Edge in Brewster where they enjoyed playing with friends. Whitey was an enormous fan of the Boston Red Sox. It was his love of golf and the Red Sox that attracted them to Florida each winter for decades.

The family would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the caregiving staff at Harbor Point in Centerville. Their love, care and compassion for our father will always be appreciated.

Calling hours will be Friday, March 16th from 4 to 7pm at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans, MA. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Whitey’s name can be made to the Cape Cod Alzheimer’s Family Support Center, 2095 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631 or The One Company Fund, c/o Harbor Point at Centerville, 22 Richardson Road, Centerville, MA 02632.


  • Earl and Katherine Dunham, Parents
  • Elizabeth (Betty) Dunham, Wife
  • Kathy (and her husband, Fred) Perreault, Daughter
  • Judy (and her husband, Jim) Crystaloski, Daughter
  • Noel (and his wife, Susan) Dunham, Son
  • Lillian Meehan, Grandchild
  • Hilary Young, Grandchild
  • Michael Dunham, Grandchild
  • David Dunham, Grandchild
  • Dylan Fox, Great Grandchild
  • Riley Meehan, Great Grandchild
  • Katie Hoffman, Great Grandchild
  • Stephyn Hoffman, Great Great Grandchild

  • Cape Cod Alzheimer’s Family Support Center
  • The One Company Fund, c/o Harbor Point at Centerville


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, March 16, 2018

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Thomas Ockerbloom

March 16, 2018

Hi Cathy, Judy, Noel and extended family members, Whitey was a wonderful mentor, coworker and most of all a great friend. Whitey and Betty are such a great couple and team and they were always there to open their hearts and home to all people they met with their love and warmth. I think of them often and will always miss them. We are currently in Florida and will not be able to attend the calling hours for my friend Whitey. We look forward to seeing you all at the Celebration of Life you are planning for a later date. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all, Tom and Maura Ockerbloom

keith wiley

March 14, 2018

I remember Whitey as a terrific man who cared deeply about the little league program in Orleans and surrounding towns...he had patience and a great sense of humour which I grew to enjoy when I was older. I actually looked forward to seeing him when I went to the beach. There may not be another like him to be so dedicated to kids and baseball. Will miss him!!

Lori Newcomb DiPersio

March 14, 2018

Kathy & Fred,

Thinking of you and your family. My deepest sympathy.

Hugs, Lori

Paula Yates Benson

March 13, 2018

Noel, Kathy and Judy - My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your Dad. Your parents were a great couple and clearly lived life well. Loved to see them dance at Susan & Noel's wedding and had a blast when Whitey gave me a turn on the dance floor!! May you have comfort they are together again in a better place. Love and prayers sent to you all at this difficult time.
-Paula (Susan's sister)

Jim Crystaloski

March 13, 2018

This was a very special person. Being able to know and learn from Whitey was special to me.
Also proud to be part of this family.

Mary McDermott

March 13, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this sad time. I'm sure many young lives were changed for the better by Whitey's encouragement in sports and by his example of hard work and dedication. His legacy will endure for generations.

Julie Walsh Fawkes

March 13, 2018

Kathy, Judy, Noel, your parents were such good friends of my parents. I remember so many fun times with them including many Red Sox games down in Fort Myers.
I loved listening to your dad and mine talk about the old days of dancing and getting into a little trouble.

Thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

Julie Walsh Fawkes