He Lived A Long, Rich Life

I wrote a blog a few months ago about a family friend who just happens to be 100 years old. He passed away yesterday. R.I.P. Edgar!

Delta loses a great man with Edgar Dunning’s passing

Delta lost a true gentleman with the sudden passing of Edgar Clesson Dunning Saturday.

Born in Elbow, Saskatchewan on Jan. 7, 1910, Dunning had celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year.

Dunning had been a fixture in Delta for decades after his family moved from Alberta in 1922, when he was just 12, to start The Weekly Optimist. He held pretty much every position at the Optimist over the years, including reporter, editor and publisher.

He continued his affiliation with the newspaper throughout his retirement by writing his weekly Rambling column that brought the history of the municipality to life every Saturday. His last column was published on the day he passed away.

Dunning was a vibrant presence in the community even as a centenarian, and could be found at many community events. He was a noted historian who loved to share the history of Delta with others.

He earned great respect from all corners for his thoughtful approach and classy ways. It was often said that Dunning never had a bad word to say about anyone.

His humour, sincerity and charm made him an endearing figure woven into the historical fabric of the community in which he was also its most trusted storyteller.

Dunning was a founding member and first president of the Delta Historical and Museum Society and a former president of the Delta Board of Trade (now the Delta Chamber of Commerce).

He was involved with many groups, including the Kinsmen Club of Ladner, the first service club in Delta, which he helped form in 1935. He became its president four years later and just last year received Kin Canada’s highest honour by becoming a Hal Rogers Fellow.

A music lover, Dunning, who played drums in his youth, was one of the founders of the Delta Community Band Society, the sponsoring organization for the Delta Community Band.

He received numerous awards, including the first Freedom of the Municipality in 2004 as part of Delta’s 125th anniversary celebration. Other recognition included Citizen of the Year and a lifetime achievement award from the Delta Chamber of Commerce.

The new municipal-community archives will include a reading room that bears his name.

Dunning married Elsie Maria Bowing (1916-1998) in 1942 and they had two children, Susan and Gene. He had three grandkids and one great grandchild.

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