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    It is with much sadness that I report the passing of our dear friend Edward G. Dunbar Jr. with whom we maintained regular contact for 52 years. Ed had an motor vehicle accident a few weeks ago and was recovering in Wellbrooke, a South Bend rehab center. In fact I spoke with him just a few days ago and he was in good spirits. Unfortunately, he was feeling unwell at breakfast yesterday morning, September 23rd 2015, and returned to his room to lie down. He passed away shortly after. Ed was 91.

    Ed Dunbar joined Studebaker in 1963, at the age of 38, as Corporate Controller, coming to the company from Curtiss-Wright. Unfortunately for the Automotive Division, Ed's primary responsibility was to handle divestment and it was in this capacity he worked closely with me at the end in 1966. He went on to become Vice President-Administration of Studebaker Corporation, and was the last President of SASCO, as well as last President of Studebaker of Canada Limited, and finally was Vice President of Studebaker-Worthington Corporation. After becoming a financial consultant, he was a long-time associate of Nate and Ari Altman and Leo Newman at Avanti Motors. Ed Dunbar was the last surviving member of Studebaker's senior management team in the United States.

    Ed Dunbar was so looking forward to October 27th when he was to unveil the original painting of the Studebaker Blacksmith Shop at the Studebaker National Museum, a Studebaker treasure which he had donated to the Museum.

    The Dunbar family goes back decades with Studebaker with six additional family members having worked there. They are Edward G. Dunbar, Engineer; Albert Peak, Security & Fire Chief; Edward G. Dunbar Sr., Stock Chaser & Final Line; Alonzo Dunbar, Wagon Wheel Striper; Robert Dunbar Sr., Export Department; Frank Nierzwicki, Final Line.

    Funeral arrangements are as follows.

    Funeral Director is Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend IN.
    Visitation from 11:00 am to noon, to be followed by funeral at 12:00 noon will be on Tuesday September 29th at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2801 Corpus Christi Drive, South Bend IN. The burial will be private.

    Stu Chapman
    Last edited by Stu Chapman; 09-24-2015, 12:43 PM. Reason: Funeral arrangements posted

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    Rest In Peace Mr. Dunbar. Thanks go to the Dunbar family for all their time with Studebaker.


    • #3
      Thelma and I have just returned from South Bend where we attended the funeral of Ed Dunbar. The parish priest of Corpus Christi conducted a memorable Mass which will long be remembered.

      The Dunbar family will be present at the Studebaker National Museum on October 27th for the unveiling of the Studebaker Blacksmith Shop painting which Ed donated before his passing and which has just been restored to its original beauty. We had a look at it yesterday and we know that SDC members visiting the Museum in the future will be greatly impressed with this priceless treasure.

      Stu Chapman