Date Deceased June 22, 2023
Hometown Camillus
Home State N.Y.
Service Date July 10, 2023
Service Time 2 p.m.
Service Location Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home
Interment Location Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport

Philip R. Dunham

Philip R. Dunham, 78, of Camillus, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 22, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Presque Isle, ME, and moved to Arkport, NY, as a child where his family started a potato and dairy farm business.  Phil was a graduate of Arkport High School where he excelled in track, basketball, and soccer, but especially baseball.  He enlisted in the US Army after high school and spent several years in the Army Reserves. He then continued his education and received his associate’s degree from Auburn Community College.  He began his career in the farm industry with Agway where he worked for 14 years before venturing on his own to form an animal feed ingredients business, Old Mill Troy, Inc., which he successfully ran until retirement in 1999.  Phil raised his family in Syracuse and treasured his time coaching his sons in sports, playing for the Spinning Wheel softball team, and taking his family on camping trips to the Adirondacks. In retirement, Phil returned to his roots, tirelessly tending to the Jones Farm in Arkport, but also enjoyed traveling, staying at a variety of bed & breakfasts, listening to his favorite artists, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, watching Yankee games, and reading about military history.  Most importantly, he was present in his grandchildren’s lives who knew him as “Grandpa Donuts.”  Phil will be remembered for being a reserved, kind and gentle man, devoted to family, and for his mischievous sense of humor.

Philip was predeceased by his parents, Murray and Emma Dunham; brother, Terry; and sister, Judy Spencer.

Surviving are his sons, Philip (Zoriana) of Camillus and Michael (Amie) of Syracuse; grandchildren, Sonya, Lyla, Ava, Alex, Matthew, Michael, and Jacob; first wife and recent companion, Dorothy Dunham of Auburn; second wife, Anne Dunham of Syracuse; brothers, Murray (Linda) and Michael (Beth); sisters, Gail (Arnold) Sherlock, Gloria Buss, and Sherry (Dominic) Daniels; several half-siblings and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

All those who knew and loved Phil are welcome to call Thursday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus, and on Monday, July 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285  Main St., Hornell. Memorial services will immediately follow at the respective funeral homes. Philip will be laid to rest in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Camillus Youth Basketball Assn., 312 Lynn Rd., Camillus, NY 13031, or to the Camillus Softball & Baseball Assn., P.O. Box 134, Camillus, NY 13031.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Philip’s family with the local arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Philip are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.



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