Donald A. Dunford, Sr., age 80, of Rockdale Township passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 29, 2018.? He was born in Erie, the son of the late James and Myrtle Miller Dunford.? He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and had a distinguished career with the city of Erie police force, retiring as a detective after twenty years of service. After retiring, he joined the Erie County Coroner?s Office becoming Chief Deputy Coroner.
?????Donald was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Mingoy; his wife, Patty Ciminissi Hulick Dunford; his brother, Jim Dunford, Jr.; and his sisters: Dorothy Peplinski, Mildred Palermo, Barb Parise, and Betty Vincent.
He is survived by his son, Donald A. Dunford, Jr. and his wife, Becky of Meadville; his late wife, Patty?s five children: Dave Hulick of Erie; Mike Hulick of Erie; Denise Hulick of Erie; Kirk Hulick and his wife, Julie of Erie; and Michelle Moretti of Ohio; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by family members and close friends, Joe Gingerich and his wife, Annie and their children; Atlee Gingerich and his wife, Suzy and their children; and other members of the Gingerich family.
He was proud of his Irish heritage, and his life and career led him on many interesting adventures, but the one that brought the most happiness was moving to Rockdale Township and joining the French Creek Mennonite Church. There he not only found God but made many wonderful friendships in the congregation too numerous to mention.
“Lord, give my life enough of clouds to shade my life by day? enough to frame a vivid sunset when come the end of day.”
Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Monday, April 2, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and are invited to attend a funeral service held at the French Creek Mennonite Church, 24936 Hwy 408, Cambridge Springs on Tuesday, April 3, at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at French Creek Mennonite Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine Street, Meadville, PA 16335, or Hospice of Erie, 202 E 10th Street, Erie, PA 16503.