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Stephen Charles Dunn

Stephen Charles Dunn

February 3, 1955 - October 29, 2017     Age: 62

Stephen Charles Dunn of Fernandina Beach passed away at his home suddenly on October 29th, 2017.

He was born in San Diego, California, lived many years of his childhood in Subic Bay, Philippines, and upon his father’s retirement, settled in his father’s hometown here in Fernandina Beach in 1970. He received his associate’s degree in Marine Biology/Chemistry at Key West Community College.

After returning home to Fernandina, Stephen worked at Rayonier for many years. He was a well experienced scuba diver helping local fishermen, as well as being a very knowledgeable fishermen himself and a great sailor of the ocean.

Stephen was a loving Son, Husband, Brother, Uncle and a best friend with a big generous heart and a gentle soul. He had a profound love and passion and felt closest to God outdoors, and on, in or near the ocean. He was skilled at the BBQ grill. His smoked meats and fish were mouthwatering every time. Among all of these he was also passionate knife collector.

He is survived by his two sisters: Patricia Ryals and Susan Dunn. Three nieces: Sara Willin, Jaime Kummer, and Jessica Ryals, and an Aunt: Ruth Burkett. He leaves four cousins: Shirley Thornton, Bobby Thornton, Patty Thirsk, and Peggy Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents Stephen Dunn and Beverly Blanche Schwarting Dunn, his wife Laura Dunn, and Life partner Eulalia Brown, numerous nieces and nephews and a huge gaggle of close friends.

There was a Life Celebration in honor of Steve on Sunday, November 12th at 2 pm at the Kraft Athletic Club Shelter 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach Fl. 32034

I remember the ebb and flow of the ocean. Your smile and the warm kissed love in your embrace. Your exuberance for life was only surpassed by the joy you brought to those who shared in your company. When I look back on my childhood your face emerges from the sand and is carved in the shells I find among the lines in the waves. You were a true friend to all who knew you, a brother, husband, Uncle and son. I will miss every word we will never get to speak, every hug we will never get to share, and through the years when I visit the sea, your face will always be shining upon the horizon.

A poem by: Jessica Hope Ryals

6 Condolences

  • Susan Posted November 1, 2017 3:12 pm

    I will always love you! Rest in peace sweet Steve! I will miss you….

  • Tim and Sue Powell Posted November 3, 2017 8:31 pm

    Sorry for your loss of your brother.

  • Wanda Sills Posted November 3, 2017 8:44 pm

    So sorry to hear this, we were across the street neighbors for years. Condolences to the family. We also shared the same birthday–me being a year older.

  • Deborah Bigg Posted November 3, 2017 9:20 pm

    Steve is such a very special person. I loved hearing his stories of his times and life in Key West and parts beyond, fishing and diving for conchs, lobsters and other sea life! He always told me he had some special shells for me from his collection…but he passed away before I could see them. When my husband and I would have to go out of town, Steve took care of our 4 cats and 24 chickens! He was such a loving and kind person. He loved all of our animals and they loved him. Especially the chickens–when he give them popcorn!! I will miss you immensely, Steve. Your turmoil is over, my dear friend. I look forward to seeing you in the life beyond. I love you and miss you, Steve!

  • Russell Fullwood Posted November 8, 2017 9:04 am

    RIP Steve To Many Good Times to reflect.i will say this Steve was always so friendly and helpful when you needed it Rest in Peace my Good Friend

  • Tom Mincarelli Posted December 5, 2017 7:22 pm

    I attended college with Steve in the Florida Keys and sailed to Fernandina Beach many summers visiting Steve and Laura. Rest in Peace my friends.

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