George Dunigan

November 6 1946 - September 11 2023

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John Quint Treboni Funeral Home
Friday September 15th 2023 10 am - 12 noon

1177 W. 5th Avenue
Columbus Ohio 43212

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Services:

Celebration of Life
Friday September 15th 2023 at 12:00 pm

John Quint Treboni Funeral Home
1177 W. 5th Avenue
Columbus , Ohio 43212

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Obituary

George grew up on Staten Island in New York City. At the age of fourteen he attended Staunton Military Academy where he made lifelong friends. His education continued to Marshall University where earned his degree. After graduating he moved to Logan, Ohio where he was a teacher, coach and City Councilman. Bitten by the political bug, he became the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Ohio Osteopathic Association and the Medical School at Ohio University. The jewel in his crown was the passage of H.B. 229 which was the creation of the Medical School at the University. George received many deserving awards in his career but the latest was "The Dunigan Award for Osteopathic Advocacy" which will be presented to a student yearly at graduation. He learned of this before he passed and was so honored. (of course if you knew George then you already knew all this!!) George was a consummate people person. George's heart was as big as his persona. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Doris; and stepson, Casey. George is survived by his loving wife Pam; sister, Patty; brother, Bobby (Judy); special cousin, Wayne (Donna); children, Tracey (Tab), Kevin, Tracie (Tim), Stephanie (Fred); and his partner in crime Bob McEaneney! He was also special "PopPop" to Sam, Tessa, Erin, Ryan, Max, and Sarah. A visitation will be held on Friday Sept 15, 2023 at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, 1177 W 5th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212 from 10 am until 12 noon with a Celebration of Life Service to follow. Contributions can be made to "The Casey Mentel Memorial Fund" at St. Charles Prep School. 2010 E. Broad St. Bexley, Ohio 43209


Condolences for George Dunigan


From : Anita M Steinbergh DO
To : Pam and family
Date: September 11th 2023

George, a dear friend, one of a kind. A good buddy to all who knew him. Left a wonderful legacy. May his memory be a blessing.
From : Jack Uslick
To : Pam and family
Date: September 12th 2023

Prayerful thoughts to you and all of us who considered George a friend.
That booming voice and smile that lit up his entire face are lasting memories.
From : Jennifer Horvath Dayton District Academy Osteopathic Med
To : Dunigan Family
Date: September 12th 2023

My utmost sympathy to your entire family. George was the sweetest and kindest man. He loved the Osteopathic profession and made everyone so proud. God rest his soul.
From : Amy Tunanidas Pantelis DO
To : Family of George Dunigan
Date: September 12th 2023

George, you and Senator Harry Meshel of blessed memory put OUCOM on the map back in 1975. What a legacy going forward! Heartfelt sympathies to your beautiful family. May God rest your soul and may your memory be eternal.
From : Jon Wills
To : Pam and Family
Date: September 12th 2023

I am certain that George is already telling stories and entertaining friends, loved ones, and all the strangers he is meeting in heaven! We covered much territory together throughout the years. Sending love and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.
From : Cindy and George
To : Hummel
Date: September 12th 2023

We have been friends of George since living at the married students apartments at Marshall University. Our condolences to the family. I hope your memories give you comfort . What a great friend.
From : Beth Ward
To : Pam and Family
Date: September 12th 2023

George was a friend I will never forget and my love will always be with him. Sincere sympathies to Pam, the family and his many, many friends.
From : Tom Wilkinson
To : Pam and Family
Date: September 12th 2023

We were classmates together at Stanton, enjoyed our friendship and times together at reunions. Will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. 🙏❤️
From : Wini and Cecile Chuidian
To : Pam and Family
Date: September 12th 2023

George on the few occasions we had to chat, that Fighting Irish charisma showed eloquently - rightfully proud and loyal. Farewell, our friend. We will miss you and the joyful personality you infected us with. Blessings on your new journey. And may the graces of our Lord continue to protect and guide Pam and the family with peace, strength, and faith.
From : Marge Cook PA Retired Dayton Ohio
To : Pam Mary and Families
Date: September 12th 2023

I first met George at an OAPA board meeting. The OOA sent George as a representative. We were struggling to get prescribing privileges and the OOA was the first organization to step up and help us. It would be a long time before our law passed, but we owe a lot of credit to George and OOA for their years of support. George's cousin, Mary Healey-Sedutto is founder and President of Hope for a Healthier Hunanity from Staton Island, NY and George connected us, as I was a Medical Missionary. We all made a lasting relationship and later George and Dr. Peter Bell would nominate me for the OOA Humanitarian Award which I received in 2004. I will never forgot George and his kind heart for our mission work. My heart goes out to Pam as he was a steadfast rock for her throughout her life. He will be missed. We should all step forward to help Pam during this difficult transition. With Much Love and Prayers!
From : Michelle Mendez
To : Tracey Dunigan
Date: September 12th 2023

Although I never met your dad in person, (we only spoke on the phone) I feel like I knew him. The way you spoke about him with such pride, love, admiration, and respect. You told me that you were the luckiest girl in the world to have him for a father. I am sure he felt he was the luckiest man in the world to have you for a daughter as well. He will always be with you and you will always have such beautiful memories to cherish. I'm so sorry for you and your whole family and everyone who knew him. My only regret is that we never met in person! Rest in peace, Mr. Dunigan! You truly will never be forgotten. ❤️
From : April Amicon and family
To : Pam and Family
Date: September 12th 2023

Celebrating the life of a wonderful man and mourning Doug’s passing with you. There are no words for the legacy Doug has left on our family. His smile and personality will live on with you always. Know that if you need anything at all we are just a phone call away. Sending many prayers for peace and comfort. ❤️ April
From : Michael and Karen Ambrose
To : Pam and Family
Date: September 12th 2023

May the Lord bless you with His peace and love during this time of sorrow. George will be remembered with Joy.
From : Kathy Murnane
To : Pam and family
Date: September 13th 2023

I can hear his booming voice when he entered a room and wild laughter! I extend my heartfelt condolences.
May George rest in peace.
From : Vivian Lermond
To : George Dunigan loving family and friends
Date: September 13th 2023

May your beautiful memories of all the good times, love, and laughter give you strength at this difficult time.
From : Andrew Filiatraut DO
To : Family
Date: September 13th 2023

I cannot put into words the thanks I have for all you have done for me and the Osteopathic family. You will most certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are forever with you and your family!
From : Marian Harris
To : Family
Date: September 13th 2023

Just thinking of George makes me smile! His stories, his sense of humor, his warmth will be remembered always.
From : Joe and Sukey
To : Pam Dunigan
Date: September 13th 2023

Pam. Sukey and I are home sick and in isolation with covid - cannot come friday. Have been praying for George last several months as Erin keeps me informed about family news . Always enjoyed George and his positve attitude and optomism. so sorry for your loss . Hope you and all the family are ok
From : Gene Branstool
To : to his family
Date: September 13th 2023

As a newly elected State Representative in 1975 who campaigned for more Medical Doctors in Ohio I met George Dunigan who was working to establish an Osteopathic Medical School in Ohio. We became instant friends and maintained our friendship over the years. I thought highly of him.
From : Nikki Hughes
To : Family and Friends
Date: September 13th 2023

George was definitely one of the good guys and everyone thought so highly of him. Humorous, kind, gregarious, smart, modest ... just a few of his adjectives. He will be missed always. My deepest condolences to his family and heartfelt sympathy to all of his friends.
From : Carol Pierce Mix
To : George Dunigan
Date: September 13th 2023

George was always an upbeat individual with a smile and great sense of humor regardless of the pathos of the legislature. He was admired and respected by all. He will be missed by many. Condolences to his family and friends.
From : Janet Dearth
To : George Dunigan Family
Date: September 13th 2023

I had the great opportunity of knowing George through OU College of Medicine where I supported his College-granted computer equipment. George was wonderful to work with and I truly enjoyed all of the stories he shared and it was easy to see how much he loved and enjoyed his family. He treated everyone like a friend and will be greatly missed.
From : John Callender
To : Family and Friends
Date: September 13th 2023

I had the privilege of working with George on health care issues for over 30 years. He was a good friend,mentor and a great source for information.You could learn more in one conversation with George than a whole year in college. “ Go rest high on that mountain my friend,your work on earth is done”.
From : Marc Guthrie
To : Family of George
Date: September 14th 2023

George was an exceptionally well thought of lobbyist, and always a pleasure to work with. My deepest sympathy. RIP George.
From : Joyce Rodgers
To : Family and friends
Date: September 14th 2023

I loved George. I got to know him through BWC and he was the best. He was so kind to me and he always made me laugh. I am in Az so I haven't seen him for over 10 years but my heart is breaking right now to hear this news. I will be there in spirit for his service. Rest in Peace my dear friend.
From : George Thomas DO
To : Pam and whole Dunigan Family
Date: September 14th 2023

It has been my pleasure to know, to work with, and to be a friend of George for over 40 years. He was the greatest advocate for the Osteopathic Profession and OUHCOM in Ohio. His legacy was cemented with "The Dunigan Award for Osteopathic Advocacy" given by Dean Ken Johnson and OUHCOM.
George would light up the room with his jovial personality and quick wit. If there was a medical issue at the Statehouse, George was on it. George so personified the Osteopathic Profession and commanded respect by everybody at the Statehouse. He did so much with so little but he did it with "Blue smoke and mirrors" and the Dunigan Way.The stories he tells will be missed and I will miss him. My sincere condolences to Pam and the whole Dunigan Family.
MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL
From : Scott Fitzgerald
To : Dunigan family and friends
Date: September 14th 2023

I first met George when we were new teachers at Logan about 50 years ago. I know he had great career success, but he was also an outstanding teacher. As you can imagine, the students loved him. He was so positive and outgoing that he would light up any room he walked into, yet he was totally unpretentious. Certainly one of the good guys. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends
From : Bryon Courter
To : Dunigan Family
Date: September 14th 2023

After hearing of George's passing only good memories flooded my mind. He was an excellent teacher and coach during some of my school years and a trusted friend in the years that followed. Off and on over the years we enjoyed lunches together, reminiscing, having good belly laughter and talking politics whenever time allowed. I would call him Mr. Dunigan and he would keep reminding me his name was George! We would laugh as I would remind him old habits were hard to break for I had great respect for him. George personality was off the charts; his love for his family and friends was evident in so many ways. George had a wonderful sense of humor, keeping life in perspective and staying positive. What a wonderful, caring, and kind person to me and many others. George had a servants heart! I will miss him! My prayer is that the Lord comforts you and gives you the peace that surpasses all understanding during this difficult time.
From : Bob McEaneney
To : Pam and the whole Dunigan family
Date: September 15th 2023

George once gave me a plaque that reads, “I love the nights I can’t remember with the friends I can’t forget”.
Sleep well, my friend, until we meet again. Make”em laugh in heaven!
From : Kellie Rutter
To : Family of George Dunigan
Date: September 15th 2023

George Dunigan was my 7th grade teacher at Logan. I enjoyed my time in his classroom as he made it interesting and fun. May his family and friends find comfort in many treasured memories..
Sincerely,
Kellie Hinerman Rutter
From : Vada Palma
To : Dunigan Family
Date: September 16th 2023

George was a classmate of mine in college, and was a much beloved stand-out there.
Whether in academia, sports or socially, he was a fine leader, gentlman and respected by all.
His marvelous sense of humor and quick wit will always be recalled with great fondness.

Prayers to the family he loved so dearly,

Vada Palma
From : Christine Knisely
To : Pam Dunigan and Family
Date: September 17th 2023

George brightened the halls of the College of Osteopathic Medicine whenever he visited Athens. He was kind to everyone, interested to meet folks, and always had a story to tell, including the importance of the College. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From : Deb Watson
To : The Dunigan Family
Date: September 20th 2023

Reading the various messages posted here I realize my friendship with Dunigan was very different than many. For starters, I never called him George - ever. He was always just “Dunigan.” I have known him since the late 1970s but was only with him in person about a half dozen times. We had a friend in common but I only saw him when he went to DC on business. We mostly talked on the phone - I would often call him when I needed his sense of humor. The last time I saw him in person was in 1983. I lost him for years but reconnected with him about 10 years ago. Our friendship had nothing to do with osteopaths, but we had so many other things in common. One of those things was John Denver - we both loved his music. Dunigan was the first to clue me into the meaning of the song, The Wings That Fly Me Home; he talked about how this was Denver’s description of God. It’s been on my mind so much since hearing of his passing. I choose to believe it is what he experienced. I also choose to believe I’ll see you again, Dunigan.
From : Sue Gore Mitchell
To : Tracy
Date: September 27th 2023

I grew up with the Dunigans in Fredericksburg. I am so very sorry for this tremendous loss to his loving family. He was a very special guy💕