Mike Dunning passed peacefully at home in the early morning of March 24, 2018 with his loving wife, Clare by his side.
Mike was born in Wilmington, Delaware on January 30, 1942 to the late Edward and Mary (Desmond) Dunning. He is a graduate of Archmere Academy and the University of Delaware. In his early years, he was employed by The Hercules Company and ICI Americas as an accountant, and later as an instructor and tax consultant with H&R Block. In the 70’s, he became a real estate agent with Osborne, Yeatman and O’Toole and later worked with Gilpin Realtors. While in the real estate business, Mike began doing bookkeeping for small companies and began growing a tax business which evolved into a very successful tax and accounting business, MED Tax, Inc. In addition to his tax business, Mike was on the Board of Directors for YES U CAN USA and The Candlelight Dinner Theater.
Mike was an avid sports fan. He played football and baseball at Archmere and baseball in the Delaware Semi-Pro Baseball League. He loved his Philadelphia sports teams, being a season ticket holder for both the Eagles and Phillies. Mike especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was always in the audience or on the sideline cheering them on. Mike was a generous man giving his time and talent to support many charitable endeavors. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and tax customers that he considered like family.
Mike was predeceased by his daughter, Laura Dunning Samuel and stepmother, Marie Dunning.
Mike is survived by his wife, Clare R. Dunning; his daughter, Mary Cooney (Brian); his son, Michael Dunning (Maureen); son-in-law William Samuel (Jean); two stepsons, Tim Sullivan and Kevin Sullivan (Ann); grandchildren, Matthew Cooney (Molly), Monica and Trevor Cooney, Michael Dunning, Will and Abigail Samuel, Kylee, Katie and Patrick Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Madeline Cooney. Mike is also survived by brothers, Steve (Rosemary), Dick (Marilyn), Joe (Ellen), John (Diane), Jim (Farzin), Bob (Christine), Ed (Maureen); sister, Jane Castellano (Gene); and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation for friends and family will be Monday April 2, 2018, 10:30a.m. at St. Helena’s Roman Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington DE 19809. Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of Mike’s favorite charities. Yes U Can USA at www. yesucanusa.org ; or Ministry of Caring at www.ministryofcaring.org.
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