Dr. Richard Gunn
has passed on...

 


Dr. Richard F. Gunn, D.C., age 60, of Stratford, died suddenly on Saturday, October 6, 2007, while visiting relatives in New Hampshire.

"Doc" was the beloved husband of Marguerite Duffy Gunn. He was the son of Richard W. Gunn and the late Janet E. Gunn. Born in Springfield Mass., he lived in Stratford for most of his life.

He graduated from Bunnell High School, class of 1964, where he was a National Merit Finalist. He attended Union College, and earned his Bachelor's degree from Maharishi University of Management. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1980 and has been a practicing chiropractor in Stratford for 26 years.

"Doc" proudly served his country in the Naval Reserve and on active duty on the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard during the Vietnam war.

He lived a life of selfless service to his family, his friends, his beloved patients, his church and his community. He was a wonderful, loving husband, son, brother, brother-in law, uncle and friend.

He was a member of First Congregational Church of Stratford for 50 years and served in various volunteer positions, including the Board of Trustees, Church Council, and Board of Benevolence. He had served on the Board of Directors of the Stratford Red Cross and the Stratford YMCA .He was a long term member of the Stratford Rotary Club and grilled and sold many hot dogs each Stratford Day to raise money for the Rotary Scholarship fund.

He was past Chairman of the International Meditation Society of Fairfield County and a member of Sterling House, Stratford Historical Society, and the Stratford Library Association.

He was a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Connecticut Chiropractic Association, and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, as well as the Educational Kinesiology Foundation and the Starsmith Foundation.

He was a member of the Masonic Temple St. Johns #8 in Stratford.

He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Legislative Officer for the Bridgeport Rifle Club, which was co-founded by his great-grandfather.

"Doc" is survived by his loving wife, Marguerite;his father, Richard W. Gunn; his brother, David Gunn and wife Barbara of Pennsylvania and their children Jonathan, Robert, Brian, and Kate, and grandchildren Jaimeson and Dashall; his brother, John Gunn and wife Elizabeth of Connecticut, and their children Elaine, Paul, Adam, and Maryanne; his aunt, Mary Luber of New Jersey; and his uncle, Robert Fowler of Massachusetts; as well as several cousins. He is also survived by his beloved in-laws Tom and Janis Duffy and their children, and Tim and Margaret Duffy and their children, as well as many friends . He was predeceased by his mother, Janet E. Gunn, his niece Angela Gunn, his uncle Saul Luber, and his cousin Susan Wilson Myers.

"Doc" will be remembered for his large wealth of knowledge, his professional skill and caring , his sense of humor and numerous jokes, his huge, loving, generous heart, and his deep spirituality.

"Bodies are known to have an end. The dweller in the body is eternal, imperishable."

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2301 Main St, Stratford, with a reception at the Church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Congregational Church or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the:

Pistey Funeral Home,
2155 Main Street, Stratford, CT

Published in the Connecticut Post on 10/17/2007.