Mr. John H. "Jay" Dunn

  • Born: January 26, 1952
  • Died: February 21, 2020
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM – Mr. John H. "Jay" Dunn, 68, of Salem, died peacefully Friday, February 21, 2020 in Salem.

Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late John Thomas and Rita (Rourke) Dunn. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School as a member of the class of 1970. Jay continued his education at Salem State College.

Mr. Dunn had been employed for 15 years with the former Lechmere Store in Danvers and for over 20 years with Sears Credit Central in Salem until the time of his retirement in 2008.

A lifelong resident of Manning St., North Salem, Jay was devoted to his mother and for many years was her sole caregiver. As a young man Jay enjoyed the sport of golf and caddied at Kernwood Country Club in Salem. He loved his family and relished holidays and family gatherings and loved to regal of Salem history and family accomplishments. He enjoyed dinners out at local Salem restaurants and enjoyed seeing friends old and new. In retirement, Jay volunteered as an Ombudsman at the Pilgrim Nursing Home in Peabody and the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead.

At the right moment, Jay was quick to laugh and smile, always enjoying a joke or prank. He was proud of his family history, his Salem heritage and continually appreciated life's simple pleasures.

Jay is survived by his dear friend, Jeannie Monahan of Danvers and many cousins. He was the brother of the late Walter Dunn.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service which will be held in The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 84 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem, Friday, Feb. 28th at 11:30 A.M. Burial in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. As requested, visiting hours omitted. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jay - may your soul be at rest. We will miss you - The O'Donnell Family

Posted by Anthony O'Donnell - Salem, MA - Family   March 11, 2020

I have not seen Jay in years but remember him from Salem High School days (Class of 1970). Sorry that i will be unable to attend his services on Friday. May his memory be eternal. Rest in Peace Jay.

Posted by John Kobuszewski - Lynn, MA - Classmate   February 26, 2020

I knew Jay from the time we were both in Sheridan Elementary School. He was a kind and happy kid, and he stayed that way until I lost touch after high school. Fly high, Jay.

Posted by Sue Phelps Khoury - Harvest, AL - Classmate   February 25, 2020

Jay & I had the same birthday. This was always a fun fact we enjoyed when we attended Salem High together. I will remember him fondly on "our" birthday. May he now rest in eternal peace. My sincere condolences to his family & friends.

Posted by Janet Briggs Lettich - Danvers, MA - Classmate   February 25, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Johm F - Friend   February 25, 2020

Jay was my neighbor, friend, and classmate. I have many fond memories of our neighborhood games of tag, hide&seek,and kick ball. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Kathy Tivnan Hayes - Peabody, MA - Friend   February 25, 2020

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