Carl Thomas Dunn

October 1, 1962 - June 4, 2023
June 7, 2023 22 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Someone has said “There is no need to show off when you know who you are”.
There are many words that can be used to describe Carl Thomas Dunn, born, in Annapolis Royal, on October 1, 1962 - show off would not be one of them. We can agree to say he was shy, simple, strong- willed, smiling and sure but never a show off.
And indeed, as a son of Clarence and Myrtle Dunn, he would need to know who he was. For he was the middle child of an ample household of eleven children. One can only imagine the shenanigans that occurred with siblings Lorrie (Alec), Sue (John), Rose (Bill), Charles (Donna), Clarence (Darlene), Cevin (Lori), Lois, Curtis (Kate), George and Barb (John) over the years they spent making memories and more.
He had to be sturdy for he chose work that was demanding; as a scallop fisherman, a small business operator of Dunn’s Trucking, for 15 years, and a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield industry of Alberta.
Perhaps most important of all, he was steadfast. For on August 6, 1983, he married April Violet O’Neill and spent the next nearly forty years making a life and home in Digby and Alberta. They were young and yet, like “two sparrows in a hurricane” they forged their way through both the successes and storms life inevitably brings. They were blessed to add two more to their “nest” – Stacey Louise (Tyler) , on January 26,1984 and Evan Carl Clarence (Mina) on February 17, 1987. Another generation arrived to add to their adventures, with the addition of grand children Colby, Cody, Austin and Isabella as well as(Step granddaughter’s) Emily & Jessica.
He was so appreciated for always being kind and ready to lend a helping hand. Also appreciated, although perhaps at one’s own peril, was his mischievous ways; from leaving coins for nieces to find to teasing the nurses in the hospital, right up until his last days there.
He was sure about several things - he loved his truck, Tim Hortons coffee, gum drops, hot hamburgers with a side of mashed potatoes, old fashioned donuts and his unique dog Mika.
Yes, Carl Dunn knew who he was. And he remained true to that surety right up to his final moments at home, surrounded by family and friends, on June 4, 2023.
A special Thank You to the doctors, nurses, EMS and MAID Plan Navigators who were all beyond amazing and made Carl’s final wishes possible.
Also, our deep gratitude to Ray, Theresa & Tom for all their additional support and contribution to helping things run smoothly the past few months.
And lastly, there are no words to express the appreciation to all our family & friends for all of the prayers, love and support, both near and far. We also know who we are – we were loved by our husband, Dad, Papa and we are loved by you. Thank you.
A Celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

  1. To my dearest friend April, Stacey, Evan,and the rest of Carl’s family Sending my sincere condolences . I’m so sad to hear this. Carl was a great man and true to himself. Love and big hugs to you all. May he RIP.

  2. I will miss you little brother you humor your smile and your amazing heart. Your love for your family and friends ,always willing to help anyone in need. i will always keep you in my heart i love you carl

  3. April and family were so very sorry to hear of Carl’s passing, sending our condolences and prayers. Gone too soon, RIP Carl

  4. Please except my deepest sympathies to April, Stacey, Evan. His family and friends. I’ll always treasure his sweet smile and beautiful personality. Love you all. ❤️

  5. I miss you so much Carl April and the family keep your heads up

  6. Sending our condolences to April and all the family. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. RIP

  7. My deepest sympathies to April, Stacey and family, Evan and family. Hugs to you all

  8. I am very sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. May he rest in peace.

  9. Carl will be missed all up down as brothers we sheared laughter and upsets and though it all ,I proud to call my brother love you Carl

  10. Sincere sympathy to the family and friends. May your memories make you smile………RIP Carl

  11. My sincere condolences to the family. God Bless!

  12. My deepest sympathies April and family.

  13. Sorry for your loss Ann my condolences to the family

  14. pushing dirt for the big boss now stay safe my friend

  15. Condolences to all the family and friends of your loss. May he forever R.I.P.

  16. Rest in Peace Carl , Condolances to the family .

  17. Sorry for your loss,he was a nice man!

  18. Carl will be missed. Condolences to April and Family. We appreciated all the things he did when he and April rented from us. And all the little things he did for the neighborhood too.

  19. Sorry for you and your family’s loss April, Carl was a great man, hard worker and good friend, he will be missed

  20. Our thoughts and prayers are with April, Stacey , Evan and all of his family and friends. Cherish your memories and may they give you comfort during this difficult time.

  21. Carl. 1 of the best ____ I’ve ever met. We met through work and quickly became good friends. If there was a build or a job of some sort, chances are we were on it together. We enjoyed each other’s company and working along side each other. He was always there for a guy in the 13+ years we knew each other. Except twice……… he had dinner plans with his family. I think they were having 🥦 so of course he couldn’t miss that meal🤣.
    RIP my friend and thanks for letting me get to know you ya big guy

  22. Lorrie , sorry for the loss of your Brother so glad you were able to make the trip to see him . Condolences to you and all your family 😢❤️

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