Joseph M. Dunworth

Joseph Michael Dunworth moved to a place of peace and tranquility in heaven on November 13, 2011, surrounded by his daughters.

Beloved husband of the late Florence A. Dunworth, Joseph was born on January 17, 1923 in N.Y.C. to Thomas and Francis Dunworth.

Joseph graduated from De La Salle High School in 1936 and graduated valedictorian of his class at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY.

He was in active duty in the US Navy serving in the Korean War until 1953.  He remained in the Naval Reserve and retired in 1967 as a Commanding Officer, USME. He received a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1971.

In the interim, he married Florence A. Lanman on May 20th 1950, resided in Ridgefield for 50 years and was a member of St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield. Joseph had five daughters and was predeceased by daughter, Eileen Dunworth-Oberhammer.

Employed by McGraw Hill Edison and Burnham Corporation, in 1975 he formed the Panatech Engineering Company, Inc., an independent representative company featuring Thermo Pride Industries.

He was active in the local theatre,  directing many productions including  "Bye-Bye Birdie",  "South Pacific",  and "The Pajama Game" to name a few.

Mr. Dunworth also served on several of the local government boards; Board of Education, Board of Finance and served six years on the Board of Selectman.

Mr. Dunworth moved from Ridgefield to Danbury in 2002.

He is survived by his daughters, Lolly Dunworth Turner, Terri Tucker-Anderson, Niki Utecht and Grace Doyon; sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10:15 am in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield.

Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery will military honors.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St.,

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