James Robert Dunne Sr.
James Robert Dunne Sr., 89, formally of Niskayuna, New York, and Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 16 in Lakeland.
He was born July 8, 1929, in Cleveland, the son of Carroll Joseph and Wilma Agnes Sutmore.
He was a graduate of Mayfield Heights High School in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, with a bachelor’s degree in English and history/political science.
Mr. Dunne married Nancy Anne McSween Oct. 28, 1952. They enjoyed their time together by traveling throughout the world, playing golf and bridge and spending time with their many friends and family.
He served many tours of duty in the U.S. Navy, including in the Korean War, on the USS Sullivan. In 1957, he was released from the Navy, but remained in the Naval Reserve. His final commission was as a captain in the Reserve.
In civilian life, he began his career with General Electric in Schenectady, New York. He also enjoyed education so much he taught at a community college and then transitioned to the State University of New York.
Upon leaving New York, Mr. Dunne and his wife had short stays in Springfield, Virginia, and Spring Lake, New Jersey, before heading south to Altamonte Springs in 1977 to be close to their sons. They enjoyed their time near Orlando and, in 1999, moved to their final destination together, Anna Maria Island.
In Altamonte Springs, Mr. Dunne continued serving the education sector by teaching for Nova Southeastern, Columbia College, Florida Southern College and Webster University.
He was very active and devoted to the Rotary Club in the cities where he lived. He developed student exchange programs, allowing students overseas to spend time in the
United States and those in the United States to get educated in Europe.
He also was responsible for heading the Peace Pole Project in several cities. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternal System, as well as the Edison Club in New York and the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. And, in keeping with his love for education, he loved to tutor students at Anna Maria Elementary School.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. He will be interned in a private service beside his wife at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the Rotary Foundation of Anna Maria Island Inc., P.O. Box 1344, Holmes Beach FL 34218 or the Rotary Reader Character Books Fund c/o Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL. 34217.
Mr. Dunne is survived by his sons, James R. Jr. and wife Cindy of Lakeland, and son Stephen and wife Patty of Winter Garden; grandson Ryan and wife Andrea of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; and great-granddaughters Alayna and Evy.