, Gloucester, MA

January 10, 2013

John R. Dunn III, 59

ESSEX — John R. Dunn III of Essex passed away peacefully at the Tufts Medical Center, Boston, on Thursday, January 3, 2013, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure.

Born on April 3, 1953, he was the son of Frances A. (Remsen) of Essex and the late John R. Dunn, Jr. He was a lifelong resident of Essex, graduating from Gloucester High School in 1971. Following high school he attended ITT Technical Institute. In his earlier years John enjoyed vegetable farming with his family who operated the Dunn Farm Stand in Essex. He later became a Class 1 truck driver and was employed for many years by Bentley Warren Trucking, Inc., M.F. Roberts Construction and Newbury Trucking Company. In his retirement years while his health allowed, he still remained active, running a landscape service locally and delivering parts for NAPA of Gloucester.

In addition to his mother Frances he is survived by a sister, Debra Lane wife of Howard, a brother, David Dunn, husband of Bonnie (Rutherford), all of Essex and a sister Diana Merchant of Rochester, NH, nephews, David Dunn, Jr. of Haverhill, Daniel Dunn of Gloucester, Michael Merchant III of Seabrook, NH, and Mathew Merchant of Rochester, NH; nieces, Leanne Lane and Stephanie Lane both of Essex, and Melissa Merchant of Rochester, NH; aunts, Doris Miller of Middleton and Mary Dunn of W. Newbury; uncles, James Dunn of Andover and Thomas Remsen of Wenham and two close friends, Albert Mazzetta of Essex and Darrell Knudson of Hamilton.

John will be remembered as someone who quietly enjoyed life and never had an unkind word to say. He truly was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service was held Sunday, January 6, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Heart Assoc. 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To leave a condolence please visit