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James Joseph Dunn

August 17, 1935 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 85)

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Brimfield-James Joseph Dunn, 85, of Brimfield passed away February 17, 2021, at the Southbridge Rehab Center.  Jim was the son of the late James and Greta Dunn.  He was raised in Springfield and was a graduate of Trade High School.  After graduation, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve.  He retired in 1988 after 23 years as a Springfield firefighter.  He was recognized several times for his heroism as a firefighter, including the removal of an oil tanker truck from a burning fire on “gasoline alley”.  He also worked as a mason for many years.  Jim enjoyed Irish music, playing his harmonica and accordion and summers at Cape Cod with family and friends.  He was also a very talented woodworker and was always in the middle of a project.  Many Saturday mornings, we woke to the sounds of buzzing saws and the aroma of sawdust, as he would be completing a project for a family member.  He was also a member of the Elks Club B.P.O.E. #61 in Springfield.

 In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Margaret and Irene.  He was also predeceased by his youngest son, Marty, who passed away from ALS.  He leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years, Sheila Dunn (O’Connor), his son, James Dunn and wife Brenda of Monson, his daughters Sheila Mahoney and husband Paul of Monson and Laura Poole and husband Tom of Ware, along with 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many wonderful nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours for Jim will be held on Monday, February 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lombard Funeral Home, 3 Bridge St, Monson. Facial covering and social distancing will be encouraged.   Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Jim’s son, Marty Dunn,  to the ALS Association MA Chapter, 685 Canton St., Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062.(  

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February 22, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lombard Funeral Home
3 Bridge St
Monson, MA 01057

Private Committal

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Visitation at the funeral home will be held with limited occupancy in the building at onetime, face coverings are asked to be worn and social distancing is encouraged.
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