Ex-Fire Chief And 51 Year Member Of LFD, Passes Away At 84

Anthony Martin Dunham, Jr. better known as “Tony,” – and ex-chief of the Lakewood Fire Department – passed away October 12. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Tony lived all his life in Lakewood and served in the US Navy during World War II. His biggest joy in life was volunteering with the Lakewood Fire Department,¬†where he was a member of the Reliance Hose Co # 4 since 1960.

Some of the titles and accomplishments that he achieved while volunteering are active reserves in 1967, active in 1970, secretary in 1974, vice president in 1975, president from 1975-1977, second lieutenant from 1979-1981 and 1991-1993, first lieutenant from 1981- 1983 and 1993-1995, captain from 1983-1985 and 1995-1997, second assistant chief from 1998- 2000, first assistant chief from 2000-2002, chief from 2002-2004, board of fire commissioners from 1996-1999, member of fireman’s relief association, life member of the exempt’s association, life member of the fireman’s association, member of the Chief’s Association, and current active member. Mr. Dunham was also a honorary member of the Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department.

He served for 51 years for the Lakewood Fire Department.

Anthony is survived by his wife of 65 years, daughters and several grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the D’Elia Funeral Home Route 70 & Vermont Ave.

Fireman’s Services will be held Sunday at 7:30PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 17, 2011 at St. Mary of the Lake Church 43 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 at 12 Noon.

Burial will follow at the St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery in Lakewood. D’Elia Funeral Home.

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  1. R.I.P. Tony we will miss you, many members have come and gone over the years but you were there until the end. Your dedication to the company and department and your friendship to us all will be missed.

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