B. Dunne Jr.
Richard Dunne, who
died unexpectedly Aug. 3, 2007, lived and worked in North Kingstown for more
than 30 years. During that time, he gave countless hours to help better the
community he loved so much.
Richard Dunne was a teacher for 37
years at North Kingstown High School. He never hesitated to go the extra
mile for one of his students. He served for many of those years as the
advisor for several classes and for the Letterman's Club, through which he
built lifelong friendships. NKHS graduates for three decades will remember
"Mr. Dunne" as one of several teachers who volunteered their time to make
sure graduation ceremonies went off without a hitch -- not an easy task.
When the new high school was built, he directed a group of students in the
daunting project of moving teachers' supplies and belongings from the old
buildings to the new one.
Richard was the proud father of four
daughters, all of whom graduated from NKHS. He was a staunch supporter of the
high school athletic and music programs, to which he gave many hours of his
time. NKHS musicians and their families will remember him as the frequent
narrator for performances of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and the emcee
for innumerable symphonic and jazz band performances. He volunteered as a
chaperone for band trips to England, Canada, Florida, Philadelphia,
California, New York, Boston and many other places. His voice could be heard
booming over the loudspeakers as an announcer during high school football
He first volunteered at an
after-school recreation center in Wickford in 1966 and has been actively
involved in town ever since. He served
a softball coach for the Recreation
Department and on a host of committees, including the Building Committee for
the new high school and the recent modernization committee which tried -
albeit unsuccessfully - to pass the school bond in town. He was also a
member of the high school's Scholarship Committee and the town Leisure
Services Committee on which he worked tirelessly toward a goal of upgrading
recreation facilities on Signal Rock Road and securing Quonset Point
property for use by the Recreation Department.
As a member of St. Francis de Sales
Church, he served as an advisor to the CYO youth program and was a member of
the former Sharing and Caring committee. He taught religious education at
St. Bernard's in Wickford in 1966.
A professional photographer, he did
not hesitate to volunteer his services in that regard, either. He
photographed events at church and for other groups, including West Bay
In recent years he loved
volunteering as "Santa" at Christmas parties for Cornerstone Adult Day
Services, the Special Olympics and other organizations.