George W Gunn

Born: Wed., May 15, 1946
Died: Sun., Jul. 22, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 31, 2018
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home

Funeral Service

9:00 AM Sat., Sep. 01, 2018
Location: Southampton Congregational Church

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George W. Gunn



Following a brief illness, George W. Gunn went to be with our Lord on Sunday, July 22, 2018. He was born in Holyoke MA on May 15, 1946 and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna M. (St. Martin) Gunn, two sons, David M. Arkle of Hartsville, TN, his wife, Carrie and their two children, Jackson and Marin; and Seth W. Gunn of Springfield, VA, his wife, Emilie and their two children, Ryan and William. He is also survived by his sister, Candice R. Iwanicki of Southampton and her husband, Michael. He was affectionally known to his grandchildren as “Grandpa” or “Pachy”. He also leaves many cousins and their families.


George graduated from Easthampton High School and earned both a B.S. and Master of Education degree from Westfield State College.


His love of education was evident in his forty plus years of service in two area high schools, Easthampton High School and Hampshire Regional High School.


Along with his sister, Candy, he continued running the family’s century farm in Southampton for 25 years when their parents were no longer able.


George’s love of the written word and firm belief in a lifelong education extended to the farm he loved so much when he won several awards from articles he wrote in publications such as Successful Farming and the Angus Journal.


He is predeceased by his father and mother, William H. and Ruth H. Gunn.


Calling hours will be at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton, MA on Friday, August 31st from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held the following day, Saturday, September 1st at 9:00 a.m., at the Southampton Congregational Church.    A committal service will follow at the Center Street Cemetery in Southampton.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Mr. Gunn’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to Hospice Care of the Low Country, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910.

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Lynn (Murray) Kleindienst
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
I was so saddened to read of George's passing. We were friends at WSC and I thought the world of George. Attended our freshmen Government Ball with George. I know he had a good life and that you will all miss him sorely. Do hope that all the good memories will ease your sorrow and give you peace.

Betty Roy
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
I am sorry to hear this sad news of Mr Gunn’s passing. He took such good care of our daughter, Laurie who had severe arthritis. At that time there were no elevators in the high school. He would go upstairs and get her schoolwork and let her sit in the office to do her work. Laurie adored him because he was so kind to her, she wanted him to give her, her diploma, but the school would not allow it. She must be visiting with him up in heaven, ecause we lost her in 2009. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family at this time. I just wanted you to know what a great man he was. Betty Roy

Jim Boudreau
   Posted Fri August 31, 2018
Donna , Candy and family ,
I am so sorry for your loss .. You know how much I cared for George.. he was a great guy , father and brother .. I enjoyed the times we spent together and the work that I was able to do for you as well .. my heart was broken when you told me the news .. please share my condolences with the rest of your family .. My heart goes out to all of you ..

Cindi and Richard Rush
   Posted Sat September 01, 2018
Cindi and I have been greatly saddened on hearing of George's passing. I knew him as my student and as a colleague at EHS. I learned much from George. He is a kindly, generous and empathetic man. I am honored and blessed to have known George.
I can not attend any of the events because of a fall I had on the cellar stairs. I still have a deep bone contusion and great pain in the shoulder.
We are so sorry for your loss.

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