ForeverMissed
This memorial page was created to celebrate the life of our loved one, Daniel. Collecting your stories and memories will honor his legacy and bring all who knew him great comfort. 

About the Incomparable Dan Dundon

He was born September 7, 1951, in Erie, the son of the late Raymond J. Dundon and Dorothy B. Dundon. He lived, loved, worked, and played in Erie all his life.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Kathleen V. Dundon, an adoring son, Christopher and his wife Cassie, of Millcreek, a grateful daughter, Laura French and her husband, Andrew French, and grandson Hunter French of Millcreek as well as many nieces and nephews.

Dan graduated from Gannon University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master in Business Administration, earning the Masters Achievement Award. He worked at AMSCO and STERIS for 37 years where he applied his ingenious aptitude for math and design by developing functional hospital spaces. Dan achieved early “alarm clock freedom” and retired in 2010. He was an active member of the Erie Yacht Club where he served as Board member and chairman of the entertainment committee for many years.

Dan was wise, fun-loving, compassionate and generous. He was the consummate father, friend, and mentor. He had a heart for others in need and was often able to impact people in profound and positive ways. Dan truly lived life to the fullest enjoying the simple pleasures of family, friends, the outdoors, good food and drink, and his pets. He was passionate about sailboat racing and cruising; stargazing and traveling with his wife; and restoring classic automobiles and wrenching in the garage with his son.

Dan always enjoyed the company of those who called him friend and a good party. He was known to entertain guests with his spirited dance moves and elaborate seasonal costumes.

Celebration Gathering
Family and friends are welcome to attend a casual celebration of Dan’s life at the Erie Yacht Club on July 13th anytime from 5-8pm. Hawaiian shirts optional!

Erie Yacht Club
1 Ravine Drive 
Erie, PA 16505

For so many, the world is a better place because Dan was part of it. The vitality of his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him.

Thank you for all the love and support!
Memorial contributions may be made to the Erie City Mission. 
Posted by Mikki Martin on September 7, 2022
Remembering Dan's life and the good times we shared with family history. Prayers to the family on Dan's birthday. Mikki Martin
Posted by Marius Brandon on June 27, 2022
You're still in our hearts. Thanks for your mentorship.
Posted by Cassie Dundon on June 25, 2022
It's been a year and somedays it feels like it's been forever and some days it seems like just yesterday you pulled up the drive way with Kathy in the jeep for dinner and cards.

Posting these here so we'll always remember the life lessons learned from years of being a daughter (in law) to one of the best men I will ever know, Dan.

The Dundon Discoveries
• Tell the special people in your life how much they mean to you, often.
• Wherever you are, be all there. Presence is a gift for you and anyone with you.
• Express your gratitude. Dan was known to follow up a random family dinner or conversation with an email the next day reflecting on the experience in appreciation. I kept all of those emails.
• Spend more time with family and friends.
• Live generously. Not just with your money, but also volunteer your time and share your talents.
• Take the vacation. Don’t forget to start planning the next one either.
• “There’s only one way to do things and that’s the right way.”
• Take deep breaths.
• Check in on people. Emails, text messages, phone calls, breakfasts…you can always make time for what is important in your life.
• Reach out to those in need and reach out even if they don’t need anything at all.
• Take the picture!
• Get organized. Dan kept meticulous reminder notes, logs of important household activities, calendar check lists, plans, and routines. He was prepared for nearly everything.
• Be intentional about self-reflection and personal growth.
• Dance like no one is watching (they are probably watching but dance your dance anyway).
• Get outdoors.
• Be festive. Start planning your elaborate seasonal costumes early. You can make almost any prop out of a little cardboard and a lot of ingenuity.
• Smile.
• Be boldly and authentically you, always.
• Don’t get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Miss you Dan.
Posted by Tom Nolan on June 25, 2022
Hard to believe a year has gone by. Still think of Dan. Such a great guy knew him at St Luke’s grade school and he was great even then! So sorry for all of our loss.
Posted by Ennis Whalen on July 27, 2021
I met Dan when I was a young boy. His parents were very good friends with my parents plus I delivered the morning paper to their house for several years! My father bought a bike for me that Dan owned originally.. it was prolly 10 years old when I got it but it was absolutely spotless!! It still looked like a new bike!! And any time I would have trouble with it Dan always said bring it down and we'll get er fixed!! Danny always would take time out no matter what he was doing and talk with me.. we would spend hours in his parents garage and talk about anything!! He encouraged me to follow my trade when I was in high school and I did!! We kinds of grew apart after I graduated but whenever I saw him we would chew the fat talking about each others lives.. I will miss him tremendously.. RIP my brother
Posted by David Leising on July 13, 2021
Deeply saddened to hear of Dan's passing he always left me with a smile on my face and a new joke to tell, I and the other EYC members have enjoyed his "Whats the Good Word" contribution to the Clubs LOG magazine for over 12 years! I know for many readers it was the first thing they looked for when receiving the magazine. Most likely because it was a reflection Dans fun loving personality and kind and giving nature. Thoughts and prayers to the Dundon family...
Posted by Michael Seager on July 7, 2021
I was on vacation and "offline" for the last two weeks and was shocked to learn of Dan's passing. We met when I transfered from a small manufacturing plant in Buffalo that was bought out by Amsco back in 1995. I learned right away that he was very intelligent and a fun-loving guy who would do anything for you. He took me "under his wing", or should I say "sail", and helped me adjust to my new surroundings. I was part of Amsco's Scientific Division and for the next few years he was invaluable to me in learning the Healthcare side of the business. We became good friends and the highlight of that friendship, for me anyway, was a canoe trip we took one afternoon while at a business meeting in Florida. He, like me, was more interested in seeing some sights than sitting in a room listening to some boring lecturer (Sorry STERIS). We saw birds and gators and had a great time. While on vacation I did a lot of hiking and I remember thinking about him and wishing I had gone kayaking with him these past few years. Little did I know I would never get the chance. He will be missed by me and so many others. The community has lost a loving son who loved Erie as much as sailing. My condolences to his family and friends, he was lost way too soon!
Posted by Mikki Martin on July 4, 2021
I am Dan's cousin, Tim Martin's, widow. I just learned of Dan's passing and I am so very sorry. I know what Kathy is going through and it breaks my heart. My prayers are with you, Kathy, and with Chris and Laura and Hunter and all.
Mikki Martin
Posted by Mitch Bowman on July 1, 2021
I met Dan through work at Amsco/Steris. Dan was our brains behind the hospital layouts and drawings. Through my years working with Dan we created a great friendship. He came to work with me when I lived in WI and we spent time traveling around the state. All I remember is laughing the whole time. Then one trip that I had to Erie, Dan took a couple of us out on his sailboat. We drank beer, told stories and laughed like usual. 
After I left Steris or Dan hit “alarm clock freedom day” we never fell out of touch. Dan was very good about maintaining our friendship. I wish more people were like that. Dan was a mentor to me at being a friend. His emails always made me laugh and at the end they made me sad: He never stopped being a friend even though we live on different ends of the country. 
We met through work but Dan seemed to have work in its proper place, behind him. He talked about his wife and family and cars and sailboats and how he enjoys the park in Erie and just life in general. Mostly, Dan was really funny and always made me laugh. I will miss him.
Posted by KATHLEEN BURIK on June 29, 2021
I have so many memories of chats with Dan but the one pearl of wisdom that I always remember is Dan telling me many times to retire as soon as possible and embrace and enjoy every day with family and friends. 

As my husband and I venture into early retirement during the next few months, I think of Dan’s wisdom and will embrace my free time as so precious to spend with those who I care so much about. 

Thanks, Dan, for reminding me of this so often! 

Love and hugs to Kathy and family…….Kathy (and Tom) Burik

Posted by Pete and Pat Benekos on June 29, 2021
We are saddened by Dan's death. He was a shining star whose good humor, easy smile and warm friendship made life better for all those who knew him. We especially remember Dan as a fellow sailor and the spirit of Frolic on the Bay. Our thoughts are with Kathy and his family.
Posted by Nicholas Tech69Blowfishes on June 29, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Dan. I am a classmate from High School. He was a fun guy back then. He was on the 50th class reunion committee. We still had a lot of laughs. He will be missed. Our prayers go to him and his family and friends.
Posted by Cindy Coyne on June 28, 2021
My sincerest sympathy to the family. Dan was a great guy and will be missed. Enjoyed way back when having you as neighbors.
Posted by Tom Nolan on June 28, 2021
Dan was the best. We were in the same class at St. Lukes grade school and I lost track of him until I joined AMSCO in 1981. We connected immediately and when I joined the Systems Group at AMSCO when I was based in Atlanta we worked together as he was in the planning support group in Erie. What a class act! Very talented at what he did and just added a tremendous amount of value to our roles with Systems.

He’s physically gone now, but not to be forgotten for many years. I hope to make the memorial service at EYC.

Posted by David PIver on June 28, 2021
Dan was the best! I’ll always remember dinner at his home when I first became a Systems Project Manager. He took me into his garage to show me his red Chevy convertible. The car was horizontally parked at the front of the rather small garage ! I always wondered how he did that!? I finally learned the secret after working with Dan as a planner. Give him a space, tell him what you needed and he would get it done. Thank you for your friendship over the years and for making me the best I could be as a SPM.
Posted by Patrick Down on June 28, 2021
Dan will be sorely missed by the entire Amsco/STERIS community. He left a lasting legacy with his mentoring, patience, professionalism and dry sense of humor. Any time you met with Dan, you were always met with a good one-liner. As good as he was at work, he was a better friend, husband and father. My condolences to Kathy, Chris and Laura of whom he was always so fond to share his stories of love and laughter. God Speed Dan

Patrick Down
Posted by Kara Hulick on June 28, 2021
I have worked at the Erie Yacht Club for almost 11 years and Dan was one of my favorite members to take care of and especially to talk to. He was such a genuine and cheerful man. My thoughts are with you, Mrs. Dundon, and your family. Sending lots of hugs .
Posted by Marius Brandon on June 28, 2021
A true mentor and a genuinely good man. We last caught up earlier this year and discussed his 1st ten years of retirement. Aside his plight, he went on to talk about each and everyone of his family, and how proud he was of them all.
Dan,
You will be missed, eh!! 
Posted by Jane Hynes on June 27, 2021
Dan was simply the best!!!
He made a positive impact on everyone he met.
He will be sorely missed!!!
Sincerely,
Jane Steinbaugh Hynes, a fellow St. Luke Crusader
Posted by Nicole (Bayer) Inan on June 27, 2021
“Uncle Danny,” as he were to me,
A man I literally “looked up” to-
As tall as a tree,
His heart, bigger than the sea.

My first thought of him is always his smile;
It seems to me it never faded-
Invited you to stay a while,
Maybe take a chance on a game he created.

A husband, father, uncle, and a friend to all;
A volunteer, a leader, mechanical engineer-
The guy who you could call,
And count on for a beer.

He traveled near and far;
Experiencing and living life to the fullest-
You’d find him in jeep or his classic car,
His style, definitely the coolest.

Sailing, tinkering, laughs with friends;
There isn’t much he loved more-
Save his wife, his son, and his daughter,
For he was a family man at core.

Drink in hand, shorts, and a Hawaiian shirt;
Celebrating life the way it was meant to be-
I raise a glass, although we’re hurt,
Here’s to Uncle Danny sailing Heaven’s sea.
Posted by david frew on June 25, 2021
My life was made richer and better by my friendship with Dan. We met at AMSCO when I was a consultant there, and our connections grew when I was his advisor at Gannon during his graduate school days. He was an amazing student, and a pleasure to be with both in and out of class.  He was also my boat launching associate for years each spring and fall. I can't believe that he is gone. Too soon and so young. 

So sorry for your loss.

Sail on, Dan. I will see you again some day.... "down the road.

David Frew

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Mikki Martin on September 7, 2022
Remembering Dan's life and the good times we shared with family history. Prayers to the family on Dan's birthday. Mikki Martin
Posted by Marius Brandon on June 27, 2022
You're still in our hearts. Thanks for your mentorship.
Posted by Cassie Dundon on June 25, 2022
It's been a year and somedays it feels like it's been forever and some days it seems like just yesterday you pulled up the drive way with Kathy in the jeep for dinner and cards.

Posting these here so we'll always remember the life lessons learned from years of being a daughter (in law) to one of the best men I will ever know, Dan.

The Dundon Discoveries
• Tell the special people in your life how much they mean to you, often.
• Wherever you are, be all there. Presence is a gift for you and anyone with you.
• Express your gratitude. Dan was known to follow up a random family dinner or conversation with an email the next day reflecting on the experience in appreciation. I kept all of those emails.
• Spend more time with family and friends.
• Live generously. Not just with your money, but also volunteer your time and share your talents.
• Take the vacation. Don’t forget to start planning the next one either.
• “There’s only one way to do things and that’s the right way.”
• Take deep breaths.
• Check in on people. Emails, text messages, phone calls, breakfasts…you can always make time for what is important in your life.
• Reach out to those in need and reach out even if they don’t need anything at all.
• Take the picture!
• Get organized. Dan kept meticulous reminder notes, logs of important household activities, calendar check lists, plans, and routines. He was prepared for nearly everything.
• Be intentional about self-reflection and personal growth.
• Dance like no one is watching (they are probably watching but dance your dance anyway).
• Get outdoors.
• Be festive. Start planning your elaborate seasonal costumes early. You can make almost any prop out of a little cardboard and a lot of ingenuity.
• Smile.
• Be boldly and authentically you, always.
• Don’t get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Miss you Dan.
Recent stories
Shared by Larry DeLand on June 29, 2021
I don't think I ever met anyone who loved life as much as Dan. Despite his well-known fun-loving nature, he also had the emotional depth to know when a friend was struggling and give them great life wisdom to help them thru it. Over the years he became my spiritual "Yoda" and he taught me the two most important life lessons - 1) Don't sweat the small stuff. 2) It's all small stuff. I will always remember his witty, wise & generous soul and I will forever miss my "once in a lifetime" friend.

My sincere condolences to Cathy, Laura & Chris. We were all blessed for the time we got to share with Dan!

Genuine

Shared by Lisa Bayer on June 26, 2021
    Dan you were the most genuine man I ever met. The love you gave your wife and kids and pets was so visable.. I don't think there can be anyone that's ever met you that wouldn't like you, and in time love you.     I myself loved you for so many reasons. Your sense of humor , your love of old cars, and your helpful talks we had. I could go on and on but I'm just glad you made my sister have so many adventures and loved her to the end. I love you Dan .... I hope you know how many hearts you've touched. You will be miss!!!