Obituary of Arthur J Dunne
Arthur J. Dunne departed this world to begin his new role as an angel for God, the heavenly Father, on Sunday, November 19, 2023. Arthur passed away from complications associated with congestive heart failure, which he courageously endured for several years. He was 94 years young and enjoyed a very rich and fulfilling life.
Born to Lawrence and Jeanette Dunne on June 6, 1929 in Queens, New York he graduated from Manhattan College in 1953 having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He then served as a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War before embarking on a very successful and rewarding career as a chemist.
His love for the field of chemistry was only eclipsed by his unconditional love for his wife of 51 years, Grace Dunne, (nee Monastero), who he married on December 5, 1953, and with whom he raised three children; Richard, Linda and Barbara.
Arthur was an avid sports fan, especially of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and New York football Giants, enjoyed the arts and traveled the world with Grace and his family. His love for travel can best be epitomized by one four-year stretch when, from 1968 to 1971, he took four consecutive weeks off from his job each of those summers to drive across this beautiful country with his family logging more than 5,000 miles on the road on each occasion.
Arthur was a gentle, brave and resilient man who compelled even those who would meet him for the very first time to remark about his gentle nature and ways. He unselfishly, and unconditionally devoted his life to his family.
Arthur absolutely adored all eight (8) of his grandchildren whose events growing up, sports or otherwise, he made sure never to miss, and was always ready, willing and eager to film for posterity. When he retired and his grandchildren began to attend college, he would visit with and take long walks daily with the dogs of all three of his children. Having been a fierce lover of dogs he was adored by them all, particularly when they knew he was more than willing to overload them with treats. He will be, and already is sorely missed by all; individuals and canines alike.
Arthur was pre-deceased by his only sibling, George Dunne, in 1995, and his wife, Grace, in 2004, and is survived by his three children, Richard Dunne and his wife Christina Dunne, Linda Dunne and her husband Stewart Cunningham, Barbara Dunne and her husband Gregory Lazicky, his eight grandchildren, Christopher Dunne and his wife, Danielle, Trevor Dunne and his wife Theresa, Andrew Dunne, James Dunne, Kerry Cunningham and her husband Geoffrey Rafalik, Corey Cunningham and his companion Liz Manus, Amanda Lazicky and Ross Lazicky and his fiancé, Kirsten Morgan, and his three great-grandchildren, Jason Dunne, Grace Rafalik and Francesca Dunne.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home, 101 S. Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 12:30pm at St. James Church, 184 S. Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ. Entombment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge. For further information, or to leave an online condolence message please visit www.gcfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers donation may be made in his memory to the LustGarten Foundation of Pancreatic Cancer Research at www.lustgarten.org or The American Heart Association at www.heart.org