One of the last old gipsy boys
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