Patrick F. “Pat” Dunn, 94, passed away on January 8th at his home in Belleville peacefully with members of his family present. Born in 1925, he was the eldest of Hugh and Edna Dunn’s eight children. He was a lifetime resident and a well-respected member of the Belleville Fire Department.
At the age of 17, Pat answered the call to service during the WWII, enlisted in the United States Navy, and served for four years aboard the USS La Vallette (DD448). His ship participated in various naval battles in the Pacific including the liberation of the Philippines. He enjoyed attending many of the ship’s reunions.
Upon his return, he married Jean Carragher and began a career building homes, including his own in Belleville in 1961 where together they raised their four children. In 1956, Pat joined the Belleville Fire Department where he worked for 32 years.
His life was filled with an immense love of family, an unbelievable work ethic, athletic endeavors (playing softball into his 80’s), and a joy of teasing.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Dunn-Landolfi (Robert Landolfi) of North Arlington, Diane Dunn-Heykoop (Henry Heykoop) of Clifton and Sharon Dunn-Nugent (John Nugent) of Bricktown, daughter in law, Jo-Anne Dunn of Little Egg Harbor. His nine grandchildren, Patrick Dunn, Justin Heykoop, Jordan Heykoop, Larell Kusmierz, Joseph Landolfi, Katie Dunn, Cara Landolfi McNally, Jack Nugent, Blair Landolfi, and nine great grandchildren, Ronan, Jordan, Lily, Tyler, Dylan, Callie and Ainsley Heykoop and Thomas and Henry Kusmierz, Brothers, Vincent Dunn of Bradenton, Florida, John Dunn of Hobe Sound, Florida, Henry Dunn of Sayreville, Robert Dunn of South Amboy and his sister, Dorothy Racz of Manahawkin. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Carragher Dunn, his son, Patrick Dunn, his parents, Hugh and Edna Dunn, his sister, Florence Callahan and his brother, Hugh Dunn, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors.
Visitation is Sunday 1-5pm and Monday 8:30-9:15am. Mass is 10am at St. Peter's Church in Belleville. Entombment with US Naval Military Honors will follow in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.