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David E. Bunch

David E. Bunch

August 23, 1946 - August 17, 2018     Age: 71

David E. Bunch, age 71 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Warner Center for Caring.

Born in Fernandina Beach, Florida, he and his brother, Dennis were the first set of male twins born at Humphries Memorial Hospital to the late James W. “Jake” Bunch and Frances Elizabeth Davis Bunch.

After graduating from Fernandina Beach High School in 1964, David enlisted in the US Air Force where he served honorably and with distinction during the Vietnam War. David was stationed in Thailand as well as many locales across the United States until his retirement at the rank of Technical Sergeant in 1984.

He stayed in touch with his friends from high school. He loved the monthly gatherings when the Class of 1964 would gather for a meal.

David began his “Second Career” as Logistics Director of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound/STEP Program. While with Outward Bound, David’s support and experience impacted the students and staff alike.

Through Outward Bound/STEP he made friends across the United States and was known as “Papa Bear” by some. From cooking to repairing a tent zipper or a camp stove, to advice in handling ethical challenges, David provided guidance and an example to instructors and staff who were often in need of a mentor. One staff member wrote of David, he learned from him “how to be both firm and fair”.

Upon retiring from Outward Bound he spent extended periods of time traveling the entire United States where he took the time to stop and visit with friends along the way.

David’s fondness of cooking was legendary but it was his seafood dishes which were most memorable. Both his Shrimp Potato Salad and his Shrimp Gumbo were enjoyed each time he would prepare them.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Howard Bunch and Gary Bunch; a niece, Tammy and a nephew, Chris.

He leaves behind his twin brother, Dennis (Sarah) Bunch and brother, Jerry Bunch both of Fernandina Beach, Florida; nieces and nephews, Raul, Jeffrey, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Cindy, James, Melinda King, Michael, Amey, Sharon, and Phillip.

A Memorial Service, with military honors, will be held, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Five Points Baptist Church with Pastor Frank Camarotti officiating.

11 Condolences

  • Laura Sorensen Morris Posted August 17, 2018 7:15 pm

    I will keep the family in my prayers. We all grew up on the North End together and enjoyed so many great times on the beach & at St. Peter’s Church. David was a great person. He will always be remembered .

  • Carl and Barbara Posted August 18, 2018 6:02 am

    Dearest Bunch Family and Friends, so sorry to hear the news of David’s passing. He was a friend and we shared a few moments each time we met. He will be missed. May God’s love fill the void he will leave. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  • Nick and Dale Deonas Posted August 18, 2018 9:33 am

    So sorry to hear of the passing of David. There are many childhood memories for me. Our prayers are with the family.

  • Chris Bryan Posted August 18, 2018 5:47 pm

    Sorry to hear of the passing of David. We all were lucky to have grown up together on this beautiful place we call home. Prayers for his family.

  • Randy Price Posted August 20, 2018 8:55 am

    So sorry to hear about David. Our prayers go out to your family.

  • Lewis Glenn Posted August 21, 2018 5:14 pm

    I worked with Dave, as we called him at Outward Bound, over a number of years. He was an icon at the STEP program, a mentor to many, a friend to all, a man I always looked forward to seeing on my visits to the STEP basecamp. I will miss his large presence, warmth and laugh.

  • Tracy & Evon Johnson Posted August 21, 2018 6:24 pm

    Sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a classmate of my wife and I. We could never guess who was David and who was Dennis. Will miss him at the “Boys of ’64” dinners. Will keep Dennis and the rest of the family in our prayers.

  • Skip Willis Posted August 22, 2018 12:33 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. Praying.

  • Pat Angevine Powers Posted August 22, 2018 2:11 pm

    Dave was an icon at HIOBS….missed at retirement and a loss now to the world. May he Rest In Peace and Love on his next journey My condolences to his family on this great loss.

  • Jean and Tom Wolszczenski Posted August 23, 2018 3:31 pm

    Our hearts break for all who knew and loved David. We spent many hours with him in Maryland. He was part of our family.
    Fishing, canoeing, touring historical sites, cooking sea food,
    And just loving life together. He will be missed and always
    Loved. Rest In Peace dear friend.

  • George Wesley Sheffield Posted September 5, 2018 10:06 pm

    My prayers go out to Dennis and all the family of David. We will miss him at the Boys of “64” dinner gatherings every month. Fly high my fellow classmate.

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