H. David's Story

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H. David Dunsky, 73, of Gloucester, died unexpectedly on Monday.
David was a native of the City of Gloucester, graduate of Gloucester High School Class of 1961. Huntington Prep School 1962, Northeastern University 1966 and eventually earned a law degree from Portia School of Law. Upon graduation from Northeastern David briefly was an elementary school teacher in Derry, N.H. before returning to his native city to teach at the Maplewood Avenue Elementary School and Central Grammar. During his teaching years he attended law school in the evening to obtain his doctorate of jurisprudence which led to the establishment of a law practice at 119 Washington Street in Gloucester. David defined his career when he became a Public Defender for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Often times David would be called upon by a presiding judge in a district court to advise defendants of their legal rights in Spanish when a court interpreter was unavailable.
It was David's relentless thirst for travel which resulted in visiting 50 countries including every country in South America, except Venezuela. Those explorations provided David with the ability to speak fluent Spanish without having attended a single class. During one trip to Mexico David met his loving, faithful and caring wife Camelia Gomez from Los Mochis, Mexico. Camelia and David shared 26 years of marriage which was filled with their mutual love of travel.
David was literally born to run. His high school track career was stellar, by the time of his graduation, David held the Gloucester High School records for 440 yards, 880 yards and the mile, the latter of which lasted for a staggering 30 years. During those high school years David won many State Titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track highlighed by breaking the Outdoor Class B mile record, running 4.24.5. David was an early inductee into the Gloucester High School Hall of Fame. He became the first distance runner recruited by Northeastern University to obtain a full scholarship. During his four years at Northeastern he won a number of Greater Boston titles, including winning the freshman cross country race.
His prowess as an athlete was exceeded by his success as a high school cross country coach. As a member of the Massachusetts Coaches Hall of Fame, his award reads, "The best distance coach in the history of Massachusetts." Dunsky's teams won 7 Division I Cross Country Titles, the first while coach of Salem High School in 1977, the school's only championship in that sport. Returning to coach the Gloucester High School team David enhanced his coaching skills parlaying that knowledge which resulted in unprecedented success for the Boy's program. From 1994 to 1999, the Fishermen won 6 consecutive Division I State Cross Country Championships, an accomplishment which is likely never to be exceeded. To date no school has ever won more than two consecutively. During his reign as Gloucester Cross Country Coach, David guided three of his runners to win four State individual titles. Many who knew David marveled and were in total awe of his encyclopedic ability to remember facts, races, times and individual statistics.
David also loved baseball manifested during his retirement years by watching each Boston Red Sox game on television. A little known feat of David's occurred when he played for the Giants in Gloucester Little League Baseball. David sprinted to catch a fly ball which eventuated in the first Little League triple play.
David will be sorely missed.
David was the first child of Henry and Stella Dunsky. He is survived by his wife Camelia; a brother, Donald Dunsky of Gloucester; a sister, Barbara wife of Irvin Newmark of Woodridge, New York; his mother-in-law, Carlota Gomez of LosMochis, Mexico, sisters-in-law, Manuelita Gomez of Salem, Ofelia Gomez of LosMochis, Mexico, plus brother-in-laws Estaban Gomez of Salem, Rodrigo Gomez and Ramiro Gomez of Los Mochis, Mexico, a very special niece, Natalia Gomez along with seven other nieces and nephews.
A scholarship fund has been established in David's name, all contributions can be directed to the H. David Dunsky Scholarship Fund care of the Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. 01930.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester. David’s Funeral Service will be celebrated on Monday, August 15, 2016 at Holy Family Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Prospect St. Gloucester at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  August 12, 2016
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