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Heather Dunbar

July 30, 1950 — February 5, 2022

Heather Dunbar

Heather Dunbar (71) passed away in her home in Van Etten, NY on February 5, 2022. Heather engaged with decades of fresh talent, mentoring and supporting the best from us. Lay linguist, incredible communicator, engaging interviewer, writer and speaker- she loved interpretive literature and it would come out in her allegory storytelling. She was a broadcaster, maybe best known for her 22 years hosting country and bluegrass on WVBR-FM's “the Salt Creek Show.” She warmly met you at the door to the best live music, making sure bands could afford to play Ithaca area venues and fundraising thousands from time to time in the most grassroots of ways. She presented expert talks and touring bands. Sometimes she'd stop by and end up weeding your garden.


What will this world be like without her?


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Heather was predeceased by her parents, Milly Ann and Jack Dunbar, and by siblings, John Douglas Dunbar and Hal Davis Dunbar.  She is survived by her daughter, Sara Juran, former-spouse, Jeffrey Juran, and siblings, Holly Dunbar Claire Beaudet, Laurel Dunbar Coutts, and Leslie Garriott.  A memorial is planned for June 5, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve in Newfield, NY, followed by a gathering at Sweet Land Farm, 9732 NY-96, Trumansburg, NY 14886.  To view the event on Facebook, please click here.

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Past Services

Graveside Gathering

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve

293 Irish Hill Road, Newfield, NY 14867

Gathering to follow.

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Memorial Gathering

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Starts at 4:00pm (Eastern time)

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