One of the last old gipsy boys

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY CELEBRATIONS - by Nick Cullen

Horse dealer will be buried along­side his beloved wife

THE fam­ily of Douglas Dunn, who died last week­end at the age of 63, have de­scribed him as a happy-go-lucky man who was de­voted to his wife, Rose, and loved the tra­di­tional gipsy way of life.

Mr Dunn died of a heart at­tack at his home in the Chilm­ing­ton car­a­van site. He had nine chil­dren and 23 grand­chil­dren.

He was born in Yald­ing, near Maid­stone, and had spent his whole life in Kent, trav­el­ling around the county, par­tic­u­larly Rom­ney Marsh and Ash­ford, where he bought and sold cars and horses.

His son Paul, 35, said: “He was re­ally well known in the Ash­ford and Rom­ney Marsh area, par­tic­u­larly among horse deal­ers.

“That’s all he did in his life, that’s all he knew. He couldn’t read and write. He came from a horse fam­ily, and I never knew him not hav­ing a horse, not in 35 years.

“That’s what I do now and his other sons. He taught us what he knew, passed on the best of his knowl­edge.”

Mr Dunn will be buried in Char­ing on Mon­day, along­side Rose, his wife of 42 years.

The cou­ple mar­ried when he was 17 and she was 15. Paul said: “He loved his wife and chil­dren. My mum was his life, and he was never the same per­son af­ter she died.

“When she passed away, the big­gest part of him went.

“I don’t think he ever came to terms with los­ing her. Not a day went by with­out him men­tion­ing her.”

Al­though he never left Kent, Douglas spent his whole life trav­el­ling.

But Paul said: “As his age got on he set­tled down a lit­tle bit, and he even­tu­ally moved into a bun­ga­low in Cam­ber, to give his wife a bit more com­fort.

“He used to love trav­el­ling about.

“He was hav­ing the gipsy wagon re­stored to go trav­el­ling this sum­mer, but we will never know now.

“His mind wanted to, but I don’t think his body would let him.

“You can’t travel about like you used to, the coun­cil and po­lice won’t let you. ”

He added: “It’s a big loss. There’s not many old gipsy boys left.”

Douglas Dunn spent his life work­ing with horses

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