Ward 8 Activist James Bunn Dies at 71

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Longtime Ward 8 activist James Bunn died suddenly Thursday, August 1, 2013. Bunn, the father of two sons and mayoral deputy chief of staff Sheila Bunn, ran Congress Heights Main Streets and the Ward 8 Business Council. Bunn rented space to businesses in his Bunn Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. In a statement on Bunn’s death, Gray described him as “one of the finest public servants in Ward 8.”bunn

Bunn was also an associate of Mayor-for-Life-turned-Ward 8 CouncilmemberMarion Barry, notarizing the incorporation forms for the nonprofits that featured prominently in Barry’s 2009 earmarking scandal. The forms were later challenged as featuring forged signatures, including one from a person who didn’t exist.

Yesterday, Barry recalled seeing his friend at Anacostia restaurant Georgena’s earlier this week. “Number one, he’s my constituent,” says Barry. “But number two, he’s my friend. So we’re going to miss him.”

All services will be held at Matthew Memorial Baptist Church at 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast.

The wake will be Thursday, Aug. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Condolences can be sent to his family at 107 Elmira Street SW, Washington, DC 20032.

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