David J. Dunne Jr.

December 10, 1925March 18, 2013

David J. Dunne Jr., age 87, of Somerset, died March 18, 2013 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of the late Mary E. (Sweeney) Dunne, RN.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late David J. Dunne Sr. and Mary (Kearns) Dunne, he lived in Shrewsbury, Fall River, Boston, Providence, and Buffalo before moving to Somerset in 1967.

A graduate of BMC Durfee High School, class of 1943, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Boston College in 1951. A US Navy Veteran, he served in the pacific during World War II aboard the USS Mt. Olympus as a Radarman Second Class. While serving on the Mt. Olympus he was in a number of battles including the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the battle of Luzon. He earned the Philippine Liberation Area Ribbon (two Bronze Stars), the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon (two Bronze Stars), the American Area Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and an Honorable Discharge.

A Credit Manager, he worked at Foamex (formerly Firestone) in East Providence for 26 years before retiring in 1993. Prior to that he worked at Signode Steel Strapping Co. and Firestone for many years. An active communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Somerset, he served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was also a volunteer with the AIDS Ministry with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, a member of the First Friday Club at Sacred Heart Church, the prayer group at Holy Name Church, The Medjugorje Messengers , the Marian Community, Betania II of Medway, MA and a 1983 Marian Medal Recipient. Mr. Dunne was a Hospice Outreach Volunteer with the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern MA and a member of the Over the Hill Gang.

He is survived by five children; David J. Dunne III and his wife Margaret of Fall River, Carolyn Sager, Louise Dunn and her husband Thomas all of Acton, John Dunne and his wife Paula, Marybeth Rowland and her husband Chris all of Somerset, one sister; Sister Mary Davida Dunne, RSM, of Fall River, fourteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Paul, Joseph, and Owen Dunne.

His Funeral will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9:00AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at ROSE E. SULLIVAN, 866 County St., Somerset, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 306 South St., Somerset. Visiting hours Tuesday 4PM-7PM. Contributions in his honor may be made to Catholic Charities, 450 Highland Ave., P.O. Box 1470, Fall River, MA 02722. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River.



  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 27, 2013


  • Burial

David J. Dunne Jr.

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April 7, 2013

To Carolyn, John and Paula,Marybeth and Chris,David and Margaret, Tom and Louise- I'm so sorrry about Dave. I have very fond memories of him, and your mom, from the time Tom and Louise became engaged. Such a good Christian man. It's always hard to lose a parent, especially the last one.My thoughts are with you all, as well as your children, who have lost their grandfather.

Joseph Kolakowski

March 27, 2013

To David's Family,
I got to know David at Firestone Ind. Products. He was a true gentleman and a model Christian. My condolences to you.

March 26, 2013

Dear David, Margaret and Family,
We are so saddened to hear about the loss of your father. He was a sweetheart of a man with a smile that would light up a room. Our hearts go out to you David and your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless,
The Carter Family

Cathy Dunne

March 25, 2013

Dear David, Carolyn, Louise, John and Marybeth,

My deepest sympanthy - your Father was a special man and will be missed by many. May your memories give you comfort and know that his love is always with you.


Cathy Dunne

Janeen Tibbetts

March 25, 2013

Many fond memories of Dave and Mary serving so faithfully for Marian Community. Our conferences in Lowell, where their faith was an example for us. His tender concern for your Mom was so sweet. Our first "scribe" and historian..We are so sorry for your loss..Love, Janeen & Chuck Tibbetts


March 24, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Melanie Michaud

March 24, 2013

Carolyn and family - My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Your father was kind and patient with a gentle sense of humor while driving a gaggle of (us) teenage girls to and from driving school and other venues. I was touched that his prayer group prayed for me during a time of difficulty. To paraphrase Psalm 23 "...surely goodness and mercy followed David all the days of his life and he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Linda Connors

March 23, 2013

So sorry to hear about your loss of your DAd. Being a member of Marian Community I knew your DAd. He is truly at peace and spending Easter with the Lord.

Michelle Rapoza

March 22, 2013

My sympathies to David's family. I had the pleasure of working with David a few years ago and he was one of the nicest men I have ever met. He made many contributions in the way of volunteering and helping others - he was a kind, caring and compassionate man. Even outside of work when I would see him he would light up like a Christmas tree - big smile and big heart! David - Rest in Peace with your beloved wife Mary.

Beth Erwin Melia

March 22, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. David was a cousin of my mother's(Eleanor Boardman Erwin). she always spoke very fondly of him. I have recently connected with the family while working on our Family History. I do wish I had had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful man . may your memories give you comfort at this time.