Gerald Dunn

Obituary of Gerald Dunn

Died peacefully in his sleep in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 93. Only son of the late Vernon and the late Annie Dunn of Hampton, Nova Scotia. Beloved husband of Dorothy (nee) Pond, dear father to Mary (Burton) Lysecki, Frank (Moira) Dunn and David (Susan) Dunn. Much loved grandfather of Jake, Ruth, Nik, and Clara Lysecki, Laura and Mary Anne Dunn, Daria and Angus Dunn. Dearly missed by his cousins Robert (Jean) Hall, Fred (Joan) Hall of Bridgetown, N.S. and Anne (Kip) McCurdy of St. Croix Cove, N.S. Gerald graduated from Nova Scotia Teacher's college in 1938 and served with the West Nova Scotia Regiment from 1938 to 1940. When the armed forces realized his eyesight was not good enough for them, Gerald went back to school. He graduated BSc Hons from Acadia University in 1943, MSc from University of Toronto in 1946, PhD in organic chemistry from Iowa State in 1951. He did a post-doctoral year at Harvard in 1951 and then taught organic chemistry at the University of Manitoba from 1952 until 1985, serving as head of the chemistry department from 1980 to 1985. He was a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Gerald met Dorothy at Acadia and courted her in Toronto. They were married in 1945 and had three children together. In 1963, they built a cottage on Big Duck Island in Clearwater Bay, Lake of the Woods, where the extended family spent many happy summers. After his retirement Gerald, Dorothy and Gerald's mother Annie, spent winters in Naples, Florida. Gerald and Dorothy moved to Waterloo, ON in 1997. Family was very important to Gerald. He drove his children from Winnipeg to Nova Scotia every second summer of their childhoods. He encouraged them to bring their children to the cottage. Gerald made certain that his grandchildren got to Hawaii to celebrate Dorothy and his 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries. He also loved photography, martinis, sailing, puns, limericks, building things, and warm beaches. Special thanks to the staff at Trinity Village Care Centre for all their care and support. A memorial reception to celebrate Gerald's life will be held in the historic Kuntz house at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. Condolences for the family and donations to the charity of your choice may be arranged by contacting the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at or 519-745-8445.

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Erb & Good Family Funeral Home Historic Kuntz House
171 King Street South
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada