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John Stephen Dunn
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Birth: Apr. 5, 1954, Canada
Death: May 27, 2012
Nova Scotia, Canada

J. Stephen Dunn, PEng., MBA, age 58, son of Ronald and Muriel Dunn of Halifax. It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Steve on Sunday May 27th, 2012, while running the last leg of the Cabot Trail.

Born on April 5th, 1954, he is survived by his wife Colleen Pereira (daughter of Alice and the late Richard); daughter Ashley (Kristian Macdonald); son Chris; stepsons Ian Edwards and Nick Edwards; sisters Heather (Michael Kroger), Linda, and Maria (Jerome Sampson); brother Jim (Lorraine); and many nieces and nephews.

Steve attended Saint Mary's University and TUNS. He was a highly successful consultant for several local and international companies, and had developed a knack for finding solutions to difficult situations and helping companies with problem solving. He was in the peak of his career and sought after in his field.

He loved his family dearly, participating in frequent gatherings. Regular communication with texts and phone calls were a constant for his family. He wanted everyone to be happy and enjoy life to the fullest. He would often make a meal for his family, and watched and took pictures while they ate; saying "isn't this great". Steve made early morning walks at Point Pleasant Park with his mother a priority. He was an avid runner, and supported several Nova Scotia races, having participated in the Cabot Trail for over 20 years.

He was the rock and constant in so many peoples' lives. He left too soon and had so much more to give.

The family wishes to thank all family and friends for their thoughts and prayers. Visitation will take place at Snow's Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive from 6:00-8:00pm Thursday May 31st. The funeral will take place at Canadian Martyrs Church on Inglis St. at 1:00pm, Friday June 1st, 2012, followed by a reception at 2:00pm. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Steve Dunn Scholarship for Engineering Students. Contact: On-line condolences:

To my Stevie D, "the love of my life". Fifteen years ago God sent a wonderful man into my life who cherished me every day. Thank you for all the great memories…until we meet again. Your Colleena.

June 26, 2012
Colleen & family,
My name is Ian Logan. I did not ever meet Steve, or any of you, so far as I know, except maybe when we were both in the nursery at the Grace Maternity Hospital as newborns on the same day in 1954(?). I read the back page of McLean's last week and was stunned at the coincidences. I was born on the same day, in the same place, and most babies in Halifax were delivered at the "Grace" in those days. My Dad was also a Naval Officer - at the time he was Lcdr. John "Deke" Logan, commanding a flying squadron off the cariers. He is 88 and does not remember details of the day of my birth or who was there at the time. He remembers a "Jack" Dunn, PO, from those days (but not a Korean War veteran, so probably a different guy?) but no Ron Dunn, so maybe they were never acquainted. But I wonder if they stood next to each other at the Grace nursery that day looking at their newborns (?). If my Mom (Joan) were still with us, I have no doubt she would recall one way of the other.
Anyway, I am very sorry for your loss. From all the accounts I have read in this guest book, Steve was definitely hall of fame for our common birthdate, and I feel some kinship. I hope time will heal your sorrow.
Ian Logan, Edmonton, Alberta.

June 4, 2012
Dearest Colleen and Family,
I feel like I know you and your family, yet we have never met. I worked with Steve in Houston for a couple of years and the time we spent together was invaluable. He talked about you in the highest regard and his family was his top priority. Looking back on the first time I met Steve, I feel like I was a 28 year old child - knew it all and didn't have patience for anything really. That was only 4 years ago and he led me on a journey of personal growth. I used to talk to him about so many aspects of my life, from a jog in the park, or a problem at work, to the joy of becoming a mother for the first time.
I learned so much from our time together. Steve pushed me to places I didn't think I could handle and taught me that taking the easy way out is not an option. He also taught that whatever you do in life, understand why you are doing it and carry it out with conviction.
Steve was truly a special man who influenced so many people. I am going to miss our banter and his wit. He was such a big personality and the world lost a great man.
He gave so much of himself to others and the amazing part of this is I know I am not alone; this was all-in-a-day's work for him. He impacted people everywhere he went.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I can't begin to understand how your family must be feeling but know that you have "strangers" in Houston who are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing him with us in Texas and I offer my deepest sympathies. Trish Jacquet, Sugar Land, Texas

June 3, 2012
Hi Colleen, I was truly shocked and very saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I will always remember his quick wit and mischievous sense of humor. Please take care of yourself and your family. Sincerely, Faye
Faye Guy- Hamilton, Carlisle, Ontario

June 3, 2012
Hi Colleen. I am so sorry that your world has turned so tragically. David and I are travelling and heard this news from a distance. I didn't know Steve very well, but I have always known that you deserved "the best" and I'm thinking that you did indeed get that! I wish there was something I could do or say to Help...but that's unlikely, at least right now. But I do hope that as you start to fill the holes and put the pieces together...we can spend one great afternoon together. I have admired you for so long Colleen...and you deserve a strong, healthy and peaceful life...and I have to believe that life will look that way again for you someday. Living life just gets hard to do sometimes. It really isn't fair and makes no sence. I am so sorry for your pain. After we lost Susan, my favourite card said this: "Those that we love deeply become a part of us". I believe that to be true...I'm sure you will as well. I trust that you are finding comfort and support from all the family and friends that are so close to you...and maybe even from those of us who haven't been as close. I look forward to spending some time again with you...someday not too far away. Thinking about you often. Much love. Nancy Delahunt(Taylor), Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 2, 2012
Dear Ashley and Chris,
We were so shocked and sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please accept our condolences at this difficult time. May the support of your family and friends, and the good memories of your Dad sustain you in your grief.
Paul & Kathy(Babs) Williams,Baldwin, Ontario

June 2, 2012
To the Family of Steve Dunn,I am very sorry for your loss. He was an incredible boss and great friend who I will miss very much. He always found a way to make me smile through the toughest days. I feel privileged to have worked with him. Rest in Peace Steve.
Janice Buchanan, Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 2, 2012

June 1, 2012
Dear Colleen and family,
It is evident that I am not alone in my thoughts about Steve; as expected there is a common theme among all that knew him. I met Steve when he came to work with us at ICON just as my beloved brother-in-law was dying of cancer. While he allowed me my grief he was also determined to fill my half empty cup. Steve's love for life was infectious and his loyalty to his family fierce. He obviously loved you deeply. When Steve was in town he always made it a point to stop by my office and ask about my husband, Rey, and my son, Jake. When I told Jake, who is 9, of Steve's passing he became quite and teary. After a few minutes he said, "I liked Mr. Steve. He was nice and he was really funny." He was both of those things and so much more.
I can't count how many times during his "lessons" at ICON that he said, with a big grin on his face, "isn't this great?" and I remember thinking "Steve's right, that is pretty great" and wondered how he managed that. Great people are able to influence the people around them and Steve was among the greats. It is a true privilege to have met a man who possessed such amazing qualities; qualities that were clearly innate in Steve. He was the real deal. Thank you for sharing your Steve with us. We are all better off having known him. Our deepest sympathies. Sylvie and Rey Cruz, Houston, Texas

June 1, 2012
Dear Chris and Ashley,
I'm so sorry for your loss, although I had not seen your Dad in many years my memories of him were fond ones. My family and I offer our deepest condolences.
Paul Williams, Calgary, Alberta

June 1, 2012
Dear Colleen and family,
Edel and I would like to share our condolences at Steve's passing. I first got to know Steve when he came to work with us at ICON in Houston in 2008. At the time Edel was still living back home in Ireland and I was alone in Houston. Steve took me under his wing, got me out running again, and kept me sane in the months before Edel joined me in the US. Over the next years we both came to know an exceptional man. Steve was to us, in Edel's words, "everyone's favourite Canadian" and ours. I don't think we have ever met a more giving and thoughtful person; a man with a mischievous sense of humour and a genuine love for life and people. For myself I learnt so much from him on how I could contribute more in my professional life, but also about being a better father and friend. We have many treasured memories from our times with Steve (as well as a house-warming gift that he gave us of a rose bush flowering in our front yard, that we call Steve!); thank you all for supporting him through all those many months he spent in Houston and giving us the chance to know him.
Nick and Edel Hargaden, Houston, Texas

June 1, 2012
To the Family of Steve Dunn,
Steve and I were friends during our university days and although I had not been in touch with him for over thirty years, I was saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to you all. R.I.P. Steve. Donna McLanders,
Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 1, 2012
I worked with Steve at Air Liquide - he was my very first boss but also became a good friend. He left a strong impression on me, in his management style, sense of fun and comraderie and his leadership both at work and while running. He was there when I ran my first race, at Cabot Trail in the mid '90s. Since moving to Ontario in 2000 I had lost touch but will always remember him. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all today.

June 1, 2012
Colleen & Family:
I worked with Steve for many years at ALC and have many wonderful memories of his time with us. My deepest sympathy goes to you all at this time. Kaye Thompson, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

June 1, 2012
To the Family of Steve,
I've had the pleasure - no - the privilage to meet Steve in 2006 and work with him while he had a consulting contract with the then Nova Scotia Central for Credit Unions. Following that meeting I had gotten to know Steve rather well and he became to me not only a friend but a tutor, a mentor as well as a great tormentor (I mean that with the sincerest of feelings). We loved to try and get one up on each other. Steve was rarely with out a smile and a word of positive support. For him the glass was always half full - always positive especially when things seemed particually tough. He genuinely cared about people and wanted to help any one he could. For me - I was beyond help - but the big guy (tall) took me under his wing all the same. We shared some interesting games of chess both in office and on line - none were ever completed - I always seemed to get an upper hand and then something mysterious would happen to our game - oh that Stevie D -. He created a small group of ruffians affectionately entitled OBYFer's that would meet occassionally to raise a glass of cheer and share what was going on in our lives - We will contiue to do this occassionally and will always raise a glass to Steve. I am sure he will be greatly missed by the family having left this world far too soon and I would like to let the family know that he had a reach into to many other lives - and he was not just someone who passed through - he left something behind to help us all be better than we were the day before. Thank you Steve, we will miss you! Sincere Condolances to the family at this time of real loss our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
From Thom & Kim Williams, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

May 31, 2012
I'm glad we had a chance to talk. Kelly and I are so sorry for your loss, Steve will be dearly missed.
Please know that Steve made a difference. His love for life was contagious. Dr.Mark Bodnar

May 31, 2012
Mr and Mrs Dunn and family (Heather, Linda, Jim and Maria) Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time may God bless. Cathy Boutilier and girls, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

May 31, 2012
To Ashley, Kristian, and your family,
We are thinking of you as you have suffered this profound loss. Our sincere sympathy,
The OR staff at Mount Sinai Hospital, Rooms 8 and 5
Teresa Kroeker, Toronto, Ontario

May 31, 2012
Please accept our deepest condolences. Denise and Nelson Pottie, and May Walkden and family, L'Ardoise, NS (Jerome Sampson's cousins)

May 31, 2012
Dear Ashley and Kristian, our thoughts and prayers have been with you these past few days. Family is such a treasure and we are so saddened when our family is hurting. Much love Doug and Donna
Donna Macdonald, Riverview, New Brunswick

May 31, 2012
To Colleen and Family - I am deeply saddened your loss. Steve and I have work together as co-workers, advisors and friends for over 10 years or more. His loss took me by total surprise and he will be greatly missed by all.
To the kids, your Dad was a great person who would often go out of his way to help others. I know how much he loved running and always found time to fit a run in after work.
I'm pround to have known your Dad and he was and still is like a brother to me. To Colleen - i don't have to tell you how much I will miss Steve, he was a great man and a wonderful inspiration to others and to his industry. That kind smile and his way with words is unmatched.
I will miss you Stevo - Your Intelitec brother,
Kelvin Hart, Katy, Texas

May 31, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I only met Steve once but I worked with Ashley for several years and I know how big a part of her life he has been. I can't express how saddened I am for your loss. Dale, Halifax, Nova Scotia

May 31, 2012
Dear Colleen and Family:
Barbara and I want to express our deepest sympathy to all of you on your tragic loss.Our thoughts are with you.
Bill & Barbara Spurr, Windsor, Nova Scotia

May 31, 2012
To Jim and family,
So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Bonita Ramsay, Halifax, Nova Scotia

May 31, 2012
I knew Steve socially through mutual acquaintances and the first thing that comes to mind when I think of him was his smile and the look on his face like he was trying to think of something interesting or relevant to say to engage you in a conversation. He truly did engage life and did it with a smile on his face. Life goals get no higher. See you at the finish line Steve. simon sagar, halifax, Nova Scotia

May 31, 2012
Colleen, we were so sorry to hear the sad news of your husband, Steve. I know how very special he was to Alice as she often spoke of him and all that he did for her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.
Sincerely, Garry and Zel

May 31, 2012
My sympathy to Steve's entire family. I worked with his Mom, Muriel, at Dalhousie in the late '70s, and remember how proud she was of all her family.
Barb Hanson, Wasaga Beach, Ontario

May 31, 2012
Dear Ron, Muriel & Family, I am deeply saddened to have learned of Stephen's passing.Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this most difficult time. Lorraine Merchant & Family

May 31, 2012
Dear Ron and Muriel on behalf of all the Chiarot family we are very sorry to hear about the passing of your son John.We knew you were so proud of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Tony Chiarot Hamilton Ontario

May 30, 2012
Dear Ashley and Chris,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of your Dad's passing this past Sunday. We collaborated together on numerous Air Liquide challenges over a 10-year period and his efforts resulted in a significant number of process improvements in the indusry. He was a brilliant free-thinker and way ahead of his time. I also enjoyed many visits to your home and he to mine over the years and our social hours were as fulfilling as those spent at the office. Please accept my most sincere condolences. David Macneill aka "Peanut Butter Dave", David Macneill, Sydney, Nova Scotia

May 30, 2012
I work with Kristian in Toronto and want to express my sincere condolences to Ashley and all of Steve's family. I hope your fond memories of this remarkable man will bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Ian Witterick, Toronto, Ontario

May 30, 2012
Dearest Dunn family,
I was shocked to hear of Stephen's passing. I went to school with Stephen at St Joseph's junior high.
Stephen was my first boyfriend!
He was so funny and kind, just a great guy to be around. I have many wonderful memories of him. The last time we spoke was at our school reunion back in May 1990. The world has lost a wonderful man..Jo-Ann Malloy, Sackville, Nova Scotia

May 30, 2012
My deepest sympathies to Colleen & family. I know he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. I did not meet him personally(spoke with him on the phone when Dick passed--his father-in-law) but I knew of the love he had for his beautiful wife, Colleen, & the kindness & caring that he showed towards his mother-in-law, Alice Pereiria. What a guy!!! My thoughts & prayers are with you! God Bless Steve's family! Terry Bigelow, Windsor, N.S.

May 30, 2012
Donna and I were sorry to hear of Steve's death, so sorry for your loss, be strong. David Randall,
Hackett's Cove, Nova Scotia

May 30, 2012
Dear Family and Friends of Steve,
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Steve during the RumRunner's Relay and we had the chance to run and chat since. He was a great person with good humor and full of great advice. I just wanted to say what you probably already know - that Steve touched so many people.
Sending prayers our to you all during this difficult time.

May 30, 2012
I was very sad to hear that Stephen had passed away. I know he will be truly missed by his family and friends and to you all I express my sincere condolences.
With kind regards,Brian Graham, Vancouver, British Columbia

May 30, 2012
Mr.Dunn and family, I was so very sorry to read Steve's obituary in this mornings paper. I remember meeting Steve at the Crown Land Record Centre when he would drop in to visit his Dad. Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time. Sincerely Ellen and Gary Miller,Truro NS

May 30, 2012
I met Steve thru my wife, Sylvie and her co-workers at Icon Clinical here in Houston and quickly knew how much of a great person he was. Was lucky to spend time with him and friends outside of work. Steve, you will be missed by your Texas family. thanks for always entertaining our little boy, Jake! RIP my friend. Rey & Sylvie Cruz,Houston,, TX

May 30, 2012
To Steve's family and friends,
I had the good fortune to know Steve through his work at VON. His contribution was outstanding and consistent with the level of passion and skill he brought to everything he did. I am also a runner and had a few runs with Steve when he would regale me with terrific stories and insights. Those stories were in between talk of family which was the most treasured part of his life. To say he will be missed barely scratches the surface. Our world is a better place because of Steve and I share in the profound sadness of his loss. John Gallinger, Ottawa, Ontario

May 30, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ingrid Kroger Clark, Kemptville

May 30, 2012
Dear Ron, Muriel and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of you loss. I know this is a tragic loss for all those who knew Stephen. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Yvonne (Hartlen) Bertrand

May 30, 2012
My name is Maureen Dunphy McMillan and I lived on Young St back in the 60's. Heather and Linda were friends. I also remember Stephen. I am very sorry for your loss. I do remember that he was a very caring big brother even back then. My prayers are with you.Maureen McMillan,
DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia

May 30, 2012
Dear family and friends of Steve, with this little message I want to let you know that Steve will be deeply missed all around the world. I had the pleasure to be inspired by him in 2011 while he helped me at ICON. Steve was able to positively influence my thinking and made me achive results I thought were outside of my capabilities. Take good care of each other, we will not forget Steve.
Marije Faber, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

May 30, 2012
I worked with Steve at Air Liquide for approx 10 years and also got to know his Dad very well through organizing Xmas social events. Steve was a very outgoing,family oriented, genuinely nice guy - the news has shocked a lot of us who worked with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Regards, Carolyn Duke, Air Liquide Canada. Carolyn Duke,Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

May 30, 2012
Mr and Mrs Dunn,Colleen and all the family-I was so very sorry to hear the tragic news.Steve will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.You are in my thoughts and prayers.God Bless. Cathy Arnold,
Fall River, Nova Scotia
Specifically: Memorial Service Friday, June 01, 2012 1:00pm Canadian Martyrs 5900 Inglis St. Halifax, NS B3H 1K8
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Record added: Jul 06, 2012
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