Richard J. Dunn

Richard J. “Rich” Dunn – 56 – of 7978 State Route 36 (The Oaks), Arkport, NY died Friday evening (January 18, 2019) at home, following a long illness.

Born in Hornell on December 12, 1962, he was the son of Laurence “Larry” & Margaret (Rechichi) Dunn.

Rich grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1981). In 1983 he received his Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science from Delhi State College (SUNY Delhi).

He had been employed for several years at Gunlocke Corporation in Wayland and for nearly 20 years served as Assistant Commissioner for the Steuben County Landfill, Bath, NY. For about 15 years, Rich was employed as Maintenance Supervisor Greater Southern Tier BOCES in Hornell, retiring in 2016.

Rich had been a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. He was also a member of the Sons of American Legion in Arkport. Rich enjoyed hunting (especially deer & turkey) and loved spending time with his friends at a hunting camp in Canaseraga, NY. He was an avid NASCAR fan and also enjoyed classic cars, having collected many throughout the years. Rich was a great friend to all and was always willing to help anyone or to simply “BE THERE” in their time of need! He also loved making maple syrup to be enjoyed by his family & friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Paddock (died 2017) and also his father, Laurence “Larry” Dunn (died 2017).

Rich was married on August 24, 2002 to the former Terrie Payne Paddock who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Jennifer (Jim) Mac Phail of Addison; his daughter-in-law, Tina Paddock of Henrietta, NY; his mother, Margaret Dunn of Arkport; 2 brothers, Michael (Linda) Dunn of Haymarket, VA and Daniel (Michelle) Dunn of Getzville, NY; 4 grandchildren, Mickayla (James Willis) Bailey, Dylyn Bailey, Saige Paddock and Jaide Paddock; 1 great-granddaughter, Adalynn Willis; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Richard J. “Rich” Dunn will receive friends on Wednesday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A memorial service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 5:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. A reception for family & friends will immediately follow at the Arkport American Legion, Arkport, NY.

Rich’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Arkport American Legion, 1 Carter St., Arkport, NY 14807 or to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

6 Responses to “Richard J. Dunn”

  1. Kenny and MaryShupp says:

    Terrie and family,

    Words just can not express the deep sorrow we are feeling for you during this most difficult time.
    Rich was a great guy, a loving husband and father and his presence will be sorely missed.
    Far to may times life is just not fair. Rich was way to young to be taken away.
    I always enjoyed working side by side with him during our years spent together at Steuben County.
    We’re here for you if you need anything!
    God Speed!

    Kenny and Mary Shupp

  2. Victoria Bridge Wierchowski says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Dunn family. Rich had a huge heart and always brought smiles to people he touched. Heaven truly recieved a gift when Rich arrived.

  3. Cindy Lou Doyle says:

    My heart goes out to your family.
    So much tragedy has occurred in your family.
    May God hold you in his arms to heal your broken soul.

  4. Greg Gibbs says:

    I always enjoyed our time together. You will be missed my friend. Prayers for the family. Dr. Greg Gibbs, Hamburg, NY

  5. The Cole Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends (Proverbs 17:17). For additional strength, may you find it in God who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Please accept our deepest condolences.

  6. Dean & Shelley Strobel says:


    We cannot possibly imagine what you feel right now. May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period. Please accept our sincerest condolences.