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Richard Gunn

Richard K. Gunn

Thursday, July 13th, 1933 - Thursday, October 17th, 2019
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Richard “Dick” Kenneth Gunn, husband of Louise DeGregorio Gunn, passed peacefully on Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 with his family by his side. Dick was born in Worcester, MA on July 13, 1933 and grew up in Athol, MA before settling in the Rockville/Ellington area in 1959 with his wife Louise of 64 years. Dick leaves behind his son, Gregory Richard Gunn and his wife Lynne of Ashford, CT; son Gary Steven Gunn and his wife Michel of Ossining, NY; daughter Gina Gunn; and grandchildren Daniel Gunn, Rebecca Gunn, Mia Gunn and Macy Gunn. Dick also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

During the Korean conflict, Dick served in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division, specializing in parachute assault. Earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago, he designed tools and parts for a number of companies including Colt, U.S. Repeating Arms, Smith & Wesson, and Ford Motor Company.

Dick was best known simply as “Coach” to multiple generations of people who grew up playing sports in the area. His legacy goes back to the 1960s, when Dick was instrumental in the founding of youth football programs in both Vernon (the Shamrocks) and Ellington (the Roadrunners), as well as the Ellington Little League and basketball programs. In the 70s, his youth sports resume expanded to include soccer and girls softball. In 1999 the town of Ellington named the football field where the Roadrunners play “Dick Gunn Field” in honor of not only his football legacy, but also the design and placements of the original fields at Brookside Park (recently renamed the Robert Tedford Memorial Park).

When not coaching, Dick could regularly be spotted behind the end zone or outfield fence chomping on a cigar while watching a game, always quick with some “friendly” advice (solicited or otherwise) for his former charges or their sons or daughters. When not attending youth sporting events he could often be found engaging in his other great love, horseshoes, where he was a champion thrower throughout the Southern New England region.

At the request of the family, there will be no formal funeral or calling hours. Understanding he touched many lives, to those who wish to pay their respects and honor Dick’s legacy, the family would ask and encourage you to consider donating your time volunteering for youth sports programs in your own community or in some other way that supports and promotes community service and civic involvement.

The family wishes to extend a very special thanks to Danny Walker and his staff and the staff at Woodlake at Tolland and all of those who have shown support and love to Dick and his family. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.

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Ellen Riemer

Posted at 08:21pm
What a wonderful father, husband, legend and friend. He will live on in all of us for the wonderful memories and gifts he gave all of us!
Ellen Willey Riemer
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Steve Zavarella

Posted at 03:44pm
To Louise and family. I just found out about Dick’s passing, and want you all to know our sad I was to find this out. Please accept my sympathies as I am thinking of you all at this time. Always, your friend Steve Zavarella.
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nomissa22@yahoo.com

Posted at 01:19pm
Gina and family,

Thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Scott Cyr

Posted at 12:43pm
Gary, Gina, Greg, Mrs Gunn and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Your write up for your dad/husband could not have painted a more accurate picture. Coached me for years in baseball, basketball, and soccer and created some of my favorite memories growing up. As long as he coached and as many teams/sports as he coached, he touched more lives than any other person in Ellington, hands down. Always remember him sitting in the bleachers watching games but you said it perfectly, the clearest picture in my mind is of him leaning on the outfield fence with the wet stub of what was once a cigar in his mouth or fingers. That would make for a great portrait of him by the way. He was a fan at the games long after his kids were through with sports, you don't see that much any more. I was fortunate enough to have seen him 4-5 times in the past 6 months or so at Woodlake and the visits were very nice. Shared some great memories of our(Gary and friends) younger years with Mr and Mrs Gunn, Greg, and Gina during those visits, was not lucky enough to cross paths with Gary although Mrs Gunn filled me in on your family and it sounds like you and Michel have done an amazing job as she was all smiles when talking about your girls and their accomplishments considering their young ages. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Gunn family. Lastly, I remember after almost every game we had a cheer, "Yates Yates Yates (insert team name here). How about a "Yates Yates Yates Coach". You are and will be missed. Scott Cyr
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Salvatore carmosino

Posted at 05:55pm
Dear Greg,
Very sorry to learn of your father's passing. I can remember him coming to our softball
games and always appreciated his support. His association with sports was
amazing and showed what a true fan he was. I will inform our friend Steve Z.
of your loss. The support of family is so important at times like these, from
personal experience.

Take care and God bless,

Sal Carmosino



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