Honoring our Lost Gunns
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Clan Gunn Society of North America
ABB L. GUNN
Past Clan Gunn World Genealogist
Obituary provided by Sara Shepherd
Abb L. Gunn, 81 years of age, of Alpharetta, Georgia passed away on April 17, 2020 after a long illness.
No services are scheduled at this time and arrangements are being made by the family following cremation. Memorial services may possibly occur in the future; further information may be obtained through the Clan Gunn Society of North America.
The Gunn Family lived in the small ranching village of Elida, New Mexico. Abb's mother traveled to the nearest hospital in Clovis, New Mexico where she gave birth to Abb on January 16, 1939. Upon the Declaration of War, Abb's father asked the Navy what he could do to help the war effort and they accepted him as a Naval Engineer. He moved his family to the shipyard community of Bremerton, Washington during World War II and Abb attended the first two grades in Bremerton. After the war the family moved back to Elida where Abb attended the elementary school in the one room school. After the Elida Schools closed, the family moved to the larger town of Portales, New Mexico and later to the town of Lovington, New Mexico where Abb attended the Portales Junior High School and Lovington High School. Abb graduated from Lovington High School in 1956. He was All State Band for three years and a member of the National Honor society. He attended Eastern New Mexico University for three years. He transferred and received an undergraduate degree with honors from Temple University with majors in math and music. He possessed a master's degree from West Chester State University in Pennsylvania in music education. He did additional graduate work at the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Delaware.
Abb taught music, band and orchestra in Delaware and Georgia schools for many years. He worked at Seaford High School in Seaford, Delaware as well as West Seaford Elementary School and Central Elementary School. He served as lay minister and organist at Seaford Episcopal Church in Delaware. He served on the Board of Directors for Music Educators in Delaware. He also worked at Crestwood High School, Chattahoochee High School, and other elementary schools in Fulton County, Georgia and metro Atlanta. He was a past member of North Fulton Retired Teachers Association as well as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society and a lifetime member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity. He received a variety of awards and honors and retired from teaching in 1999.
He joined Clan Gunn Society of North America in 1984 and became the North American genealogist in 1993 and world genealogist in 2000 for that organization. He was active in the Scottish community, attending the Stone Mountain Highland games and other events across the country. He was a great support for those searching their ancestry. He was also involved in the St. Andrews Society of Atlanta and served on the board of directors. He was also a member of the English-Speaking Union.
He is survived by his brother William Thomas Gunn, niece Christina French Gunn Robinson, great nephews Bremond Robinson and Reed Robinson of Austin, Texas as well as many friends in Atlanta and across the globe.
CHARLES EDWARD SWANN
Provided by Lin Robinson, FSA Scot, Past President CGSNA
Charles Edward “Chuck” Swann, 87 of Tucker, Georgia died February 17, 2020. Chuck was born and raised in Meridian, MS. He skipped a grade in high school to graduate early and at the age of 15, with help from his mother, he lied about his age and joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1947. His unit was activated at the start of the Korean War but remained Stateside. He would later serve for many years in the Naval Reserve. Deactivated in 1952, Chuck returned to Meridian to finish his education. There he met Janell Dalton, “the prettiest girl in Meridian, MS,” at a USO dance. They were married August 23, 1953 and moved to Hattiesburg, MS where he finished his college degree.
After 10 years in the world of business, he felt the call of God and entered Columbia Theological Seminary, graduating cum laude with honors in Church History in 1968. He completed a Doctorate of Sacred Theology degree in 1977. Subsequently he was ordained a Presbyterian minister and served churches in Tennessee and Georgia. He also served as Vice President of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. In 1986 Chuck and Janell relocated to Georgia to be closer to family. In 1989 he became pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Canton, GA and recalled that serving the church for many years was a source of satisfaction and joy. When he retired as a full-time pastor one of the church buildings was named “Swann Hall” in his honor. After Janell passed away, he moved to the Atlanta area and resumed his “pew-sitter” relationship with North Decatur Presbyterian Church which in his words, had been interrupted by their move to Memphis, TN years before. He stated, “Life does seem to come full circle sometimes.”
Chuck was a member of the Clan Gunn Society of North America for many years, serving as Georgia Commissioner and President, and also the Clan Gunn Society of the UK. He served two stints as editor of The Gunn Salute. He was uniquely suited to do so as he edited Southern Papermaker for a number of years. He also wrote many articles for The Gunn Salute and Highlander magazine. He wrote an interesting monograph entitled The Heritage and History of Kildonan Kirk and its Communicants before the Clearances which was provided for the International Gathering of Clan Gunn in 2000. Ever immersed in Scottish history, he and Janell founded Bold Blades, a company selling Scottish swords, dirks, daggers and Clan Crest Blazons, which they operated until 2000. Chuck was made an Honorary Vice President of the UK Society several years ago and also received medals of appreciation from the Clan Gunn Society of North America. After his final retirement as editor of The Gunn Salute he was made a life member by the Society.
He co-authored a book with Jeffrey Hadden in 1981 entitled Prime Time Preachers: The Rising Power of Televangelism.
Chuck was a devoted and loving husband and father. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janell Dalton Swann. He is survived by his children Leslie Swann, Amy Waterman, and husband Mark Waterman, Rebecca Swann, Martha Evans and grandchildren Ethan Waterman, Stephan Waterman, Lauren Evans, Edward Dalton Evans, Lean Swann and Daniel Swann.
A memorial service was held at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA on February 24, 2020. Memorials may be sent to North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur GA 30033.
Patty & Howard
PATRICIA KAY (STITT) CURRAN
Provided by Charlie Kehm, VP, CGSNA and Susan Davis, Howard Curran's Sister
“As many of you know, Howard was the Florida Convener for Clan MacCallum-Malcolm for many years and he is the winner of more "Best Clan Tent" awards than anyone I know. Alexis and I first met Howard and Patty at the Dunedin Highland Games long-long ago and he took the time to tuck me under his wing and "train me up" over the years on how to prepare and run a clan tent.
Recently, I was lucky enough to convince Howard that he has many Gunn septs in his family tree and to join the Clan Gunn Society of North America as a CGSNA Florida Branch Deputy Commissioner. He and Patty have been hosting our Clan Gunn tents at the Central Florida Highland Games and were to host the NE Florida Games this past weekend but advised he would to be at home as Patty was needing him there.”
Our beautiful Patty will be greatly missed by all!
Louise and "Dick" Gunn
RICHARD KENNETH GUNN
Provided by Greg Gunn, Son of Richard Gunn
Richard "Dick" Kenneth Gunn, husband of Louise DeGregorio Gunn, passed peacefully on Wednesday Oct 17, 2019 with his family by his side. Dick was born in Worcester, MA on July 13, 1933 and grew up in Athol, MA before settling in the Rockville/Ellington area in 1959 with his wife Louise of 64 years. Dick leaves behind his son, Gregory Richard Gunn and his wife Lynne of Ashford, CT; son Gary Steven Gunn and his wife Michel of Ossining, NY; daughter Gina Gunn; and grandchildren Daniel Gunn, Rebecca Gunn, Mia Gunn and Macy Gunn. Dick also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.
During the Korean conflict, Dick served in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division, specializing in parachute assault. Earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago, he designed tools and parts for a number of companies including Colt, U.S. Repeating Arms, Smith and Weston, and Ford Motor Company. Dick was best known simply as "Coach" to multiple generations of people who grew up playing sports in the area. His legacy goes back to the 1960s, when Dick was instrumental in the founding of youth football programs in both Vernon (the Shamrocks) and Ellington (the Roadrunners), as well as the Ellington Little League and basketball programs. In the 70s, his youth sports resume expanded to include soccer and girls' softball. In 1999 the town of Ellington named the football field where the Roadrunners play "Dick Gunn Field" in honor of not only his football legacy, but also the design and placements of the original fields at Brookside Park (recently renamed the Robert Tedford Memorial Park). When not coaching, Dick could regularly be spotted behind the end zone or outfield fence chomping on a cigar while watching a game, always quick with some "friendly" advice (solicited or otherwise) for his former charges or their sons or daughters. When not attending youth sporting events he could often be found engaging in his other great love, horseshoes, where he was a champion thrower throughout the Southern New England region.
Understanding he touched many lives, to those who wish to pay their respects and honor Dick's legacy, the family would ask and encourage you to consider donating your time volunteering for youth sports programs in your own community or in some other way that supports and promotes community service and civic involvement. The family wishes to extend a very special thanks to Danny Walker and his staff and the staff at Woodlake at Tolland and all of those who have shown support and love to Dick and his family
This is a new edition to our website to honor Gunns who have passed.
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