David C. Dunham
PORTLAND - David C. Dunham, 75, resident of New Gloucester died on Christmas Day at Maine Medical Center of heart failure.
David was born in Portland on Feb. 16, 1932, the son of Carroll Dunham and Cora (Sanborn) Edwards. He attended the Presumpscot School and Scarborough High School. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy where he served as Quartermaster during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he worked for a time as busboy and waiter at the Celebrity Club of the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach, Fla. He would often regale everyone for hours with his tales of the rich and famous.
He joined the staff of Maine Medical Center in the engineering department and worked there for 25 years becoming Project manager for construction and served as Clerk of the Works for the construction of the Richards Wing of the hospital. During this time he attended the University of Southern Maine taking evening classes where he received his degree in Business Administration.
In 1987 he retired from Maine Medical Center and joined the American Red Cross Blood Services where he was manager of Engineering and Construction for the Northeast Region. He retired from the Red Cross in 1994.
Classical music, including opera, was always an important part of David's life. He traveled around the country and Europe to see and hear performances of his favorite composers who included Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. He was a longtime supporter of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Lawrence, Mass. He was an avid organic gardener and could be seen many days riding his Kubota tractor.
His parents and a brother James predeceased David. He leaves one sister, Janet Dunham of Lake Mary, Fla.; nieces Deborah Stowell and Tammy Ryals and her husband Steven, and nephew Ervin Blankenship all of Virginia; seven grandnieces and nephews and a longtime friend, Donald H. Olson.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, with the Rev. Clifford Gerber officiating.
In lieu of sending flowers the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Donald C. Dunham's memory to:
The American Heart Association
51 U.S. Route 1 Suite M
Scarborough, Maine 04074
The Salvation Army
297 Cumberland Ave.
Portland, Maine 04101
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
199 Woodford St.
Portland, ME 04103