Hansiell Hargrave Dunn, 74, a woodcarving artist, carpenter and well-known area jazz saxophonist, died Sunday (Dec. 28, 1997) in Veterans Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Philadelphia, he came to Buffalo as a child and attended Wilson Elementary School, Lackawanna and graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1938.
He served in the Navy from April 1943 to 1946 as a musician second class. He worked for King Furniture in Lackawanna for 25 years as a furniture refinisher. He was a carpenter by trade but his first love was music. He was a member of the Colored Musicians Club and a 50-year member of the Musicians Union.
In the 1950s, he played sax at many area clubs including long engagements at the Gayety Club on Washington Street in the jazz ensemble called Torrid Group.
He crafted hand-carved wooden replicas of historical ships; one was a five-foot long replica of a Viking Ship displayed at the Marine Midland Bank on Main Street and much of his wood-crafted art was displayed at the Louis D'Arcangelo Art Gallery on Main Street.
Survivors include three sons, Hansiell C. Dunn of Wellsville, Dale B. Dunn of Orchard Park, and Craig M. Dunn of Dunkirk; a daughter, Linda M. Dunn Gray of Atlanta; one brother Dr. James C. Dunn of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Melba Dunn McQuiller of Buffalo, Irene Dunn Barker of New York City and Doris Dunn Sandioux of Clarence Center, and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Peter K. Leslie Funeral Home, 250 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Interment will be in Forest Lawn.