Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

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About Richard 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.Dad_speech.jpg

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 games. Dad.jpg

He first volunteered at an after-school recreation center in Wickford in 1966 and has been actively involved in town ever since. He served as 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 Community Action.

In recent years he loved volunteering as "Santa" at Christmas parties for Cornerstone Adult Day Services, the Special Olympics and other organizations.
 

 

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