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Somers Bids Farewell to Artist Howard Dunstan

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers resident Howard J. Dunstan passed away on Friday, November 18 at the age of 70. Born in Ossining in 1941, he served in the U. S. Army from 1960 to 1966. He was stationed in Japan for most of the time and came to love its beauty and its people.

Dunstan attended New York City’s Art Students League as a young man and started his career as a card designer for Norcross Greeting Cards. After a 16-year stint as a paste-up artist for The Yorktown PennySaver, he worked as a graphic designer for the Texaco Oil Company, where he received several commendations for his work and for his “perfect attendance.” Dunstan never missed a day.

After retirement he submitted cartoons to newspapers and created the winning design in a competition for the Official Seal of the Town of Yorktown. Dunstan’s design now hangs about the supervisor’s seat at town meetings and adorns all Yorktown police cars.

In his spare time, Dunstan wrote and illustrated children’s books, designed Halloween costumes and collected African masks and art. A skilled photographer, he captured hundreds of fascinating scenes during his two safaris in Africa.

Survivors include his wife, Carol, his two sons, Mark and Neil, his daughter-in-law, Ava, and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Cynthia Miller, brother-in-law, Frederick Miller, step-daughter, Karen Maloney and her daughter, Bridget.

The family will welcome visitors from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah.  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 2 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Route 100, Somers, followed by interment in St. Luke’s Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation , 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

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