Stephen P. Bunker ’72

Stephen Bunker, 61, of Palm Bay, FL,  passed away Wednesday May 11, 2016 at his home.
Stephen was born in St. Johnsbury, VT. He came to Brevard County in 1981 from Hanover, NH.
Stephen worked for Holmes Regional Medical Center as a respiratory therapist and hospital administrator.
While he received many honors for improving public health in Brevard County, he was particularly proud to be presented with the Heartland Award by Governor Lawton Chiles in recognition of the difference he made in the quality of life in the community.
Stephen was preceded in death by his mother Margery Bunker.
Stephen is survived by his wife Jill Bunker; daughter Heather and son-in-law Noah Sulman; son Sam Bunker; grandchildren Lilian, Asa and Selah; father Samuel and his wife Virginia Bunker; brother Jamie and sister-in-law Deb Bunker; sister Jennifer Bunker and brother-in-law Ken Kowalewitz; sister-in-law Lynn and brother-in-law Mark Koontz; nieces and nephews Michelle Treadwell, Michael Koontz, Hayden Bunker, Lynden Bunker and Oliver Kowalewitz.

5 thoughts on “Stephen P. Bunker ’72”

  1. As I moved into my dorm room in the fall of 1968, I was met by a large, chunky boy by the name of Steve Bunker who introduced himself as my roommate. As a freshman, Steve seemed like a happy-go-lucky kind of guy who was kind-hearted, perhaps not so interested in studying, but always friendly and easy to get along with. We got along well that first year, and remained in contact throughout our Williston Days, tied together by that first year, and the fact that we were both on the football team that excelled in our senior year. Our paths diverged after Williston, and I’m sorry to say that we never made contact again, even at the few reunions I was able to make it to.

    Seeing his photograph in the Williston “In Memoriam” takes me immediately back to those days – Steve, with his thick wavy hair, and so often the beginnings of a straggly moustache that he infrequently shaved – and that smile. He was always quick to break into that smile, often a bit of a mischief at the corner of his mouth, like the one in his photo. I am not surprised that we went on to serve people, and lived a good, fruitful life. I am only sorry that I will not see that smile again.

    1. Bunk!
      Caterwauler, teammate, friend… laugh-maker. You were the biggest, baddest dude in the line. Great to run behind you. You drove me down after graduation to visit my mother in the hospital in your old red station wagon. Selfless! That was you. Miss ya!

  2. good job Dale. Steve and I went on to Union college for lacrosse. unfortunately Steve left after the first term. it wasn’t for him. he gave me his bosch and loumbe aviator sun glasses ( which I still have) and said ill see you later. we did keep in somewhat contact, but not enough. always in my heart .

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