DUNNE – One of the district’s pioneer residents, Michael Joseph Dunne died August 3, 1977 in the Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary at the age of 80.
Born in Baltin Glass, County, Kildare, Ireland, Mike came with his parents and family to Cape Breton Island, N.S. in 1911. They remained there until 1915 when the entire family came west to “take in the harvest,” as he once told The Bulletin. He has resided here since.
He worked that year for the Wheatgrowers company, a big farming operation east of Brooks. He went to Calgary the following spring and joined the 56th Battalion, later transferring to the Royal Montreal Regiment, another infantry outfit, and served overseas with it during World War One.
Returning to Brooks following the war, Mike Dunne went with the Canadian Pacific Railway Irrigation Department, running a camp at Patricia and then at Brooks Aqueduct. He became a ditch rider and stayed on with the Eastern Irrigation District when it took over the project in 1935.
He quit in 1940 to become the postmaster at Tilley, a position he held for the following 27 years, and moved to Brooks when he retired in 1967 where he has resided since. The late Mr. Dunne married Jean McAree on Jan. 10, 1922 in Port Morion, N.S. He has been a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was well-known for his kindness and thoughtfulness to the old timers of the Tilley district when he served them as postmaster.
He is survived by his Wife, Jean, of Brooks; five daughters, Mrs. Chris (Jessie) Flanagan, Reddeer; Mrs. Grant (Nan) Kyle, Calgary; Mrs. Woodie (Pat) Peterson, Brooks; Mrs. Hoyt (Sheila) Taylor, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. Robert (Renie) Gross, Toronto; 22 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Pat Dunne of Castor and one sister, Mrs. Kathleen Robinson of Calgary.
Prayer service was on Friday at seven o’clock in Smith Memorial Chapel and funeral service was on Saturday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. F.R. Mongeau officiating. Interment was in Brooks cemetery. If friends desire, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion.