The village was saddened to hear the news of the death of Jim Dunning.

Jim was born at Cold Harbour. And after attending the village school went on to Beverley Grammar and Pocklington School, where he was a boarder.

Having joined the Territorial Army he was called up at the beginning of the Second World War. He served a total of seven years in the army, this included a spell in Burma with the so-called ‘Forgotten Army'.

He and Dorothy married in 1947 and so had over 61 years together, a wonderful achievement. A great family man, this became evident in the way his family rallied round in the last twelve months.

Within the village, Jim had been involved over the years in almost every organisation, he was member and Chairman of the Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee and Handsby's Charity. He was a church warden and also a member of Gee's Educational Charity. All these appointments were held over a number of years.

For the past seven or eight years Jim and I have met every Friday lunchtime in congenial surroundings, a meeting we both looked forward to. One of the aims was to put the world, and particularly the village, to rights. There was never any malice involved. To use a modern idiom, Jim didn't 'do malice', it was not in his nature He always thought the best of everybody, and treated everyone with kindness and courtesy. He regarded everyone he knew, particularly in the village, as a friend; a feeling that was reciprocated.

Jim was a generous man in all senses of the word, he was a very kind man, he was a very friendly man, he was a very gentle man, but, above all, he was a true gentleman.

I feel very privileged to have been his friend.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Dorothy and all his family.

[First published in the March 2009 Newsletter] 

You have no rights to post comments