On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Robert Francis Dunn, father of two, passed away at the age of 71 following a long and intense battle with Covid-19.
To maintain the safety of all those who loved Bob, and to be as inclusive as possible, Bob’s immediate family has decided to hold an online funeral mass and reception on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1pm EST celebrated by family friend Fr. John Fraser. The link to the Zoom funeral mass is included on the Bob Dunn memorial website.
Robert was born on February 12, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Rose F. Dunn (nee O’Loughlin) and late Edward G. Dunn. He was the middle of five siblings, Edward G. Jr., Walter R. Thomas A. and Mary Margaret (Meg). He was a former Boy Scout Leader and served the office of the commissioner of major league baseball. He attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, St. Francis College, Richmond College, the University of Staten Island, and Polytechnic University, earning three distinct master’s degrees.
Robert was a 40-year veteran of the New York City Board of Education, at I.S. 88 and James Madison High School. He was a humorous, intelligent, and dedicated educator. He also taught at St. Joseph’s College, where he befriended numerous NYPD officers and FDNY firefighters. During his time as an educator, he received multiple awards for outstanding performance.
Robert deeply believed in the power of community. He served on numerous boards including: the Prospect Park YMCA, the Park Slope Senior Citizens Center, Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, and Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA. He was the Lion of the South Brooklyn Lion’s Club of Park Slope and served the parish communities of Good Shepherd, St. Saviours, and St. Edmunds High Schools. When he was not teaching, he spent his time in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where he found tranquility in nature. He loved the simple country life and the company of family, friends, and good food.
Robert is survived by his two sons: Matthew Robert Garcia-Dunn and Kyle Francis Antioco-Dunn; daughter-in-law Krisy Elrod, nephews and nieces: Melissa Marra-Alvarez, Billie-Joanne Garcia-Beltran, Christopher Garcia, Teresa Marra, Lea Marra-Quintero, Jeff Dunn, Alana Devine-Dunn, Sean Devine-Dunn, Amil Antioco-Williams and grandnieces Sophia Dunn, Aubrey Beltran, Felicity Beltran, Aviana Garcia, Valentina Garcia, and Isabella Quintero; his four siblings; former spouse Patricia Garcia-Dunn, and former spouse Lesbie Antioco-Dunn.
This list does not begin to cover all whom Bob considered his family, as anyone he met became a lifelong friend. We thank you for being a part of Bob’s life.
If you have any further questions, please see the following website dedicated to Bob’s memory.
A memorial service for Robert will occur in Brooklyn, New York and in the Poconos when it is safe to do so.