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John Richard Dunbar

June 12, 2018 04:11 pm

John Richard Dunbar known to most as Dick, passed away at his home on Friday June 8, 2018. He had celebrated his 91st birthday with family over the Memorial Day weekend. He was born May 17,1927 in Tarrytown, N.Y. to Florence Emily (Wood) and John Mayes Dunbar. He grew up in his hometown of Ardsley, Westchester County, N.Y. and attended Ardsley schools until his senior year of high school when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. At the end of WWII he spent his 18th year as a Fireman First Class in the E Division aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise CV-6, whose mission “Operation Magic Carpet” made four voyages before being scrapped for salvage. The sternplate can be found at the memorial to the Enterprise CV-6 at the Library in River Vale, N.J. Dick sailed to the Pearl Harbor, Hi., Southhampton, England and Punta Del Gada, the Azores, bringing over 15,000 troops back to the states from overseas at the end of the War. Upon discharge from the Navy, he worked on various dairy farms in Putnam County in N.Y. State. He rented a farm in Fairfield County, Conn. Where he met and married his wife of 65 years until 1953, when they purchased the old Elbert Kittle Farm in Omi, which they operated for 20 years. Here they raised a family of 5 boys and 2 girls. In 1973 Dick started the Dunbar Greenhouse and Nursery known for his Greenhouse tomatoes and the enormous fall mum plants he grew each year and brought to the Kinderhook Farmers Market and the Columbia County Fair. Dick was very proud of the Military legacy with which his Children and Grandchildren blessed him with over 160 years of service to their Country. He is survived by his wife, Marian C. Dunbar and sons Jonathon (Jackie) and William of Ghent, David (Catherine) of Yonkers, N.Y. Daughters Stephanie Shirley of Derry, N.H. and Jennifer (Steven) Harbun of Kelso, Wa. He was predeceased by 2 sons, Daniel (Deborah) in 2009 and Russell (Josie) in 2010. Brother Joseph Mayes Dunbar 2018 He is Survived by a Sister Nancy (Larry) LeClair of Chester, N.H. 14 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. Dick was active in the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company, the Ghent V.F.W. Post 5933 and served the Ghent Community in many ways through the years. The family wishes the thank the Community Hospice team for their excellent care to “John” especially Nancy and Rose. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for the Family and Friends. In Lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, The Ghent V.F.W Post 5933 or the River Vale Enterprise memorial site. For on-line condolences visit