Richard Dunn Obituary (1932 – 2022) – Washington, DC



Von Seat Pleasant, Maryland, left this life February 21, 2022. He was born in Dedham, Massachusetts on January 4, 1932 to the late Dorothy and Leo Dunn, Sr. Richard and was raised in Dedham, where he attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1949. On September 5, 1955, he was married to Florence Comita at St. Williams Catholic Church in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Richard enlisted in the US Navy on July 3, 1951 and served in Norfolk, Virginia as second class optometrist until June 25, 1955 and remained in the Navy Reserve for an additional four years. During his service he traveled to Paris, Athens and Rome, which were some of his greatest moments. Richard and Florence moved to the DC/MD area where Richard transferred to the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC on January 2, 1957, where he remained as a Staff Desk Sergeant until his retirement on February 1, 1975. Little did he know the meaning of retirement, having then attended Prince George’s Community College, where he received his Associate of Arts degree in June 1977, and then worked for the Prince Georges County Board of Education as a school bus driver from 1983 until his retirement there in 2005. Richard has had many nicknames, but many of us will fondly remember him as Papa Smurf or Daddy. He loved fishing, hunting, trapping, but most of all he loved being with his family. He was a wonderful, loving and caring man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his children Robert, Christine Benitez, Lora, Patrick and wife Rhonda, and William and wife Kristina. His beloved grandchildren Leigh Dunn, Sheila Modena and husband Robert, Melissa Benitez, Patrick Dunn, Jr., James Dunn and Brandon McNeely. He was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Robert, III Modena. He is also survived by sisters Barbara Farley and husband Jim, Patricia Cumings, Ida Mulhare and husband Michael, Pamela Kempton and husband Jim, Mary Jane Moorhouse and husband Steve and Dawn Dunn, brothers-in-law John and Frank Comita, sisters-in-law Marijane and Lea Dunn, Theresa Dusablon and Anne DesLongchamps, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased of the love of his life, his 49-year-old wife Florence, his sons Richard Jr. and Michael, his daughter Dorene, a grandson Richard Dunn, III, a son-in-law Mario Benitez, a daughter-law Deborah (Reynolds) Dunn, sisters Dorothy Page, Helen Holden, brothers Leo, Francis, John and brother-in-law Bill Page, Skip Cumings, Bunky Holden, Andrew, Jr, Hugo and Thomas Comita, Tom Gigliotti, Andrew Zambella, Bill Bartlett and sisters-in-law Mary Comita, Elizabeth Gigliotti, Catherine Zambella and Albina Bartlett. A Catholic Mass for Richard will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at Saint Margaret’s of Scotland Catholic Church, 410 Addison Road South, Seat Pleasant, Maryland 20743. The visit takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with services followed by a meal. A private burial in Fort Lincoln Cemetery is at the discretion of the family.

Published by The Washington Post on March 6, 2022.


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