Robert A. Bunn, 71

Taxi driver, musician

February 06, 2007

Robert Archie Bunn, a retired taxi driver and Air Force veteran, died of lymphoma Sunday at Northwest Hospital Center. The longtime West Baltimore resident was 71.

Born and raised on East Biddle Street, Mr. Bunn was a 1953 graduate of Dunbar High School. He lived on Elgin Avenue for 35 years.

A trombonist, he played in an Air Force band from 1953 to 1957.

After being discharged from the Air Force, he returned to Baltimore and worked as a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for several years.

During the 1960s and 1970s, he owned and operated several television and radio repair shops in West Baltimore, while teaching electronics at Carver Vocational Technical High School.

For more than 20 years, until he retired in 2003, Mr. Bunn drove cabs for Yellow, Sun, Diamond and County Cab.

"He was an avid reader and liked reading books about history, medicine and biography," said his wife of 49 years, the former Elizabeth Gambrill.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are three sons, Robert A. Bunn of Crofton, David A. Bunn of Randallstown and Jeffrey Bunn of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Gabrielle Goodman of West Roxbury, Mass.; a brother, Elias Bunn of Severna Park; a sister, Madline Dorsey of Lafayette, Ind.; and a grandson.

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