Russell Stanley Dunn of New Port Richey, Florida, formerly of Speonk, died on Saturday, June 8. He was 66.
Mr. Dunn was born October 2, 1946, at Southampton Hospital to Arthur and Pauline Dunn, and grew up in Speonk. He attended school in Eastport until eighth grade and graduated from Westhampton Beach High School, where he was a standout football running back and track athlete, in 1965. Upon graduating, Mr. Dunn began a long career in firefighting by volunteering at both Eastport and East Moriches Fire Departments; rising to the rank of lieutenant and assistant chief in the 1970s, participating on the fire department racing team, and simultaneously beginning a career at The Brookhaven National Laboratory Fire and Rescue Department. He ascended to the rank of captain during his 35 years employed there. He was also an emergency medical technician and kept current within his industry through education, certifications and training. One of his personal achievements was traveling to southeastern Europe in the mid 1990s to establish a fire department in Bulgaria, brokering the sale of fire equipment, including various vehicles for the fledgling department.
Mr. Dunn dedicated his life to serving his community as a firefighter and EMT, and played an important role during the 1995 Sunrise Wildfires on Long Island. Additionally, he volunteered as a part-time sexton at the The Immaculate Conception Church in Westhampton Beach, as well as in various roles at the Westhampton Beach Country Club. His spirit of giving extended throughout the community. He was meticulous, never forgetting to send a card or acknowledge a special event, and he made friends wherever he traveled. Mr. Dunn moved to the Tampa area of Florida in 2002, where he enjoyed playing golf and being a member of the Rotary Club. He achieved the pinnacle of every golfer’s dream by getting a hole-in-one, not once, but twice while residing in Florida.
He is survived by two sons, Darren and wife Jennifer of Riverhead, and Jason and wife Jennifer of East Northport; two granddaughters, Morgan and Annabelle; and three grandsons, Luke, Sean, and Connor.
A wake was held on June 13 at Sinnickson’s Funeral Home in
Center Moriches. A funeral took place on June 14 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches.