TRENTON — It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Richard Earl “Dickie” Bunker on Nov. 20, 2014, at the age of 45. He was born April 7, 1969, in Bar Harbor, raised in Franklin, and a resident of Trenton. Dickie fought a brief but determined battle with cancer.
Dickie devoted his life to being a wonderful husband, and a loving and present dad. He instilled honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic in his children. He was protective of his family, and proud of all of them for the work they have done and the steps they have taken to achieve their goals. The family has fond memories of all the projects that the four of them tackled over the years, such as landscaping their property, building a garage together and cutting firewood. No matter what it was, it was never work to them, it was time spent together as family. In his last days, his concern was not in passing, but in what he would miss in the lives of his children, and ultimately, his grandchildren. Dickie was a quiet man, and a skilled observer of the people around him. He was quick to make people laugh, with his sharp wit interjected into conversation. He was a loyal friend to all, but especially to his wife and two children, who all say they have lost their best friend. He was truly a humble man with a delightful sense of humor, and took nothing for granted. His easy way and gentle spirit is going to be missed, and his absence leaves a space that can never be filled.
Dickie is survived by his wife and partner of 24 years, Kathy Bunker, of Trenton. He also leaves his two adoring children, Heather Jane Bunker of Trenton and Steven Wayne Bunker of Trenton and Castine. He also left a “revolving door” of his self reported “third child,” by way of Carla, Nicole and Justin. He leaves father, Richard Bunker and his wife, Norma, of Franklin; mother, Francis Berry Lettinger, of Gouldsboro; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Al and Jane Garceau, of Prospect; brothers, Jesse and Ben; and sisters, Becky and Abby. He also leaves a truly special aunt, Diane, of Franklin. There are many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews in and around Hancock County, and in-laws locally and across the country. He was predeceased by his stepfather, Ed Lettinger, in September.
A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at the Trenton Fire Station.