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Michael Edward Dunning

March 24, 2018 | Wilmington, DE

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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  1. Mike and Maureen,
    Our thoughts are with you during this time. Mike, if you are a reflection of your father, then he must have been quite a guy. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Kathy and Scott Wilson

    Kathy and Scott Wilson | March 28, 2018 at 5:51 PM
  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We are honored to have met and spent time with Mr. Dunning and his family.
    The Jimmy Keady Family

    Jimmy Keady | March 29, 2018 at 8:34 PM
  3. Both my husband and I give our condolences to Mikes family during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    We knew Mike through MedTax and got to know him as a wonderful man. We will truly miss him ! We always shared family stories and he and my husband always talked about sports as well.
    When we had our taxes done it was like visiting a good friend . He truly was a sincere and caring person who will be missed my many.

    Lisa Windsor | March 30, 2018 at 9:10 PM
  4. Jane,
    I am very sorry to read of the passing of your brother, Michael. His obituary is very impressive depicting him as a wonderful family man and outstanding member of the community. Certainly that is no surprise considering the deep family ties that were instilled in all of you by your devoted father, mother and step mother. My earliest and fondest memories are of you and your beautiful family when I lived on Springhill Ave. and we attended St. Helena’s grade school, and made our first communion together. I was always welcomed in your home. Please know you will be daily in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the memories of Michael sustain you in the days ahead.

    Louise(Saxton) Carbaugh | March 30, 2018 at 9:59 PM
  5. My deepest sympathies to the Dunnings for your loss.

    Jim Kelley | April 1, 2018 at 10:29 PM
  6. Condolences on Mike’s recent passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I will miss my conversations with Mike in recent years at various sporting events throughout DE. Having known Mike for 65+ years, it is never easy when one of the good ones will no longer be around. Rest in peace my friend.

    Bill Holmes | April 2, 2018 at 3:17 PM
  7. Michael:

    We were very sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great guy and always had the best stories!

    Laura and Evan Williams | April 2, 2018 at 3:27 PM
  8. Matt,
    We were very sorry to hear about your Grandpa. He often told us how proud he was of you. He will be missed.

    Russell Knapp & Laura Williams of the Guidler Compamy | April 2, 2018 at 3:43 PM
  9. To the Dunning & MED Tax Family- It’s been a privilege and joy to know Mike Dunning thru the years. I will never forget his support and expertise every year at tax time. He helped me and my husband with every question and concern and conversations always extended to his love of family, sports and travel. I will never forget his compassion and kindness. A class act all the way! Our sincerest sympathy to the family.

    Christina DeAngelis | April 2, 2018 at 7:57 PM
  10. To the Dunning family-we as a family are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mike. I have known him since I was a young child watching him come over to do my parents taxes and then him doing my taxes as an adult for years. We shared Phillies season tickets for many years and he was always a big help to my wife and I with our taxes as well as good conversation with us. He will be missed!

    Jeff & Cheryl Ross | April 8, 2018 at 11:54 PM

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