Francis "Herman" Dunn a 48-year resident of Hawthorne, CA passed away peacefully on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. His children, their spouses and grandchildren were all present. Herman was born on October 14, 1927 in Cap-des-Rosiers in the province of Quebec, Canada. He was raised on a farm with 8 brothers and 5 sisters. After completing high school, he moved to the province of Ontario to work at his uncle's hotel. Later, Herman joined the Canadian Merchant Navy because he wanted to see the world. After leaving the Merchant Navy after 5 years, he decided to leave his homeland for the warm weather in Los Angeles. Herman continued his education and took various classes at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He worked for Pacific Bell and Northrop, prior to joining C.B.S. as an air conditioning/heating engineer and then retired after almost 30 years. A devoted family man, he was active in St. Joseph Catholic Church and his children's endeavors. Herman enjoyed gardening, cooking, the outdoors, traveling and helping friends, neighbors and others. Herman is survived by three children, Mark, Alan and Denise, and son-in-law, Greg, daughter-in-law, Vicky and three grandchildren, Amanda, Natalie and Gabriel. Also, he is survived by his brothers Ralph and Lloyd, and sisters Eileen, Inez and Annive all living in eastern Canada. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Lorraine Dunn who passed away in 2003. The viewing will held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Thursday, February 11th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, with a rosary at 7:00 PM. A Catholic Mass will be held at the Risen Christ Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City on Friday, February 12th at 9:00 AM with interment following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .

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  1. Dunn Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mr. Dunn was a very kind and gentle human being. Much Love, Steve & Sheryl Rothans

  2. Just always remember the great times knowing that you did all you could do and that you were always there for your father. He is now in peace and rejoicing in Heaven.

  3. Mark, Alan, and Denise – Gretchen and I were so sorry to hear of Herman’s passing over the weekend. Truely a long baatle with his illness. What a fun loving guy who ALWAYS had a smile for others. Too many memories that go all the way back to wild parties at the old Hawthorne home that your dad just took right in stride. Not only wanted us to have fun, but was a true calming influence for your mom whenever she became anxious. He gave me some sound advice during a career rough moment twenty years ago. We lost a good guy here, but look forward to being with him one day again. Sure hope we have a chance to share some memories after Friday’s service. God bless the three of you and extended family. Jim

  4. So sorry for your loss. I will always remember at family gatherings your dad as a funny and humorous man. He was always teasing us as kids, and I have very fond memories of that. Jocelyne and Ted Morris

  5. Your dad was a lovely man. The memories we all have of his wonderful smile and obvious love for his family will live on in each of you.

  6. please accept our most sincere condolences and be certain that we will have a special moment for all of you on friday. God bless all of you.


  8. Mark: From a prayer read at my brother’s recent service: We must not despair. We are more than a memory vanishing in the darkness. With our lives we give life. With our light we illumine the darkness. Something of us can never die. As the light burns pure and bright, may the memory of your dear father brighten and purify your whole family. With all my love and prayers.

  9. Mark, Sorry about your loss. I know how you feel. I had lost my dad, my mother and my husband. May God be with you and your family. Take care. Shelley

  10. We viewed the video tribute. It was very nice. It made me feel happy and sad at the same time. Your Dad was a good man. Your Mom is lucky to have him “home” again.

  11. Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos and memories of such a great man. We will always have fond memories of your father.

  12. The nicest neighbors one could ever wish for!!! Just dosent’seem like it was twenty years!!! It seems to me they lived without regrets!! “Vivere senza rimpianti” Now you can dance together in heaven!! Live on!!! You will be remembered.

  13. Alan and Mark, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. I always appreciated his dedication to his family and friends. Every time I pass CBS studios or the Forum, I also remember his kindness to a scrawny neighbor kid. May God bless and confort you during this time of loss as only He can. Your friend, Jene

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