Sean Garland Bunn

Obituary for Sean Garland Bunn

August 6, 1969 - May 8, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina | Age 48

Sean Garland Bunn; Aug. 6, 1969 - May 8, 2018. Raleigh, N.C.


Sean Garland Bunn, 48, of Raleigh, NC died on May 8, 2018 at Transitions LifeCare Hospice Home in Raleigh. Sean was born in New Bern, NC on August 6, 1969. A Celebration of Life will be held for Sean at the Duke University Chapel in Durham, NC on May 19th at 11:00 a.m.

Sean graduated in 1987 from Duxbury High School in Duxbury, MA and attended Boston University his freshman year. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he studied Business and Economics.

Sean loved baseball. To say that he was a big baseball fan was an understatement. He LOVED the Boston Red Sox and was a member of Triangle Red Sox Nation in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area. Sean enjoyed watching games with his friends and Triangle Red Sox Nation members at many of the local area restaurants and sports bars. He loved helping to make special events happen for people with terminal illnesses, especially for those who were Boston Red Sox baseball fans. Sean was elected as the first Governor of Red Sox Nation for North Carolina.

Sean and his Triangle Red Sox Nation friends raised tens of thousands of dollars every year for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute "Jimmy Fund," the charity for the Boston Red Sox. They took great pride and joy in presenting their check each year to the Boston Red Sox organization at Fenway Park. In 2016 Sean received the first ever Super Fan Award from Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. This award was for recognition of years of support and dedication to the game of baseball and his leadership in positively representing members of Red Sox Nation. Sean was invited to throw out the first pitch at Fenway on his birthday last year at the Red Sox/White Sox game.

Sean worked for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts as a business systems analyst and Records Officer for the state. He received the Chief Justice's Friend of the Court Award from Chief Justice Mark Martin for outstanding direction and leadership within that organization. Sean's work with technology, program development and training made him friends with Judges, Magistrates, Clerks of the Court and Staff at every court house in all one hundred counties throughout North Carolina. Sean also received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award - the highest honor the governor bestows - from Governor Roy Cooper for outstanding work with the state courts systems and especially for his work in raising money to find a cure for childhood cancers.

Sean loved people, baseball, good food, sporting events and great times with family and friends. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Glioblastoma Multiforme - grade four, in September, 2015. Sean was treated and loved at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at the Duke Cancer Center by the most wonderful staff of doctors, nurses and technicians in the world. He was loved by his family and friends and cared for and loved by the most beautiful Angels on earth at the Transitions LifeCare Hospice Home. These wonderful members of his medical team, his family and friends and hospice angels helped him continue enjoying life during challenging times.

Sean taught us all how to LIVE with cancer and remain positive and upbeat when faced with life's challenges. When ever asked how things were going, Sean's response was always…"I'm having a good day." "Awesome!" "We got this." "You look like a million bucks." "I don't care what the others say about you, you're alright." "I LOVE you." "Thank You." Once in a while, when his aphasia confused his word selection or phrasing, he would thank his dad for helping him and say, "Dad, you're kickin' with ass!" and both would have a great laugh. Sean was the easiest person to be a caregiver for. He was always so positive and so gracious.

Sean is survived by his father Ben Bunn, his mother Marion Brinson Bunn and his sister Heather Bunn all of New Bern, NC. In 2016 Sean learned he had two biological daughters, born to two different families that received his donations from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Andrology Clinic. His older biological daughter Nikole Ilse Rubner, lives with her family in Eureka, CA. Sean's other biological daughter Kelly Best Whitfield and her family live in Goldsboro, NC. Sean was blessed last year with a biological grandson when Nikole and her husband had a son, Harrison Paul Rubner.

The family invites you to join them for Sean's Celebration of Life at Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC on May 19th at 11:00 o'clock.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a memorial gift to one of the following charities:
-- Transitions LifeCare . 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 . 919-828-0890
-- "Angels Among Us" (annual family 5K fun run/walk) in support of Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke Cancer Center, Durham, NC 27710 Checks should be payable to: Duke University – Angels Mail checks to: Tisch Brain Tumor Center – Angels DUMC Box 3624 Durham, NC 27710
-- Sean Strong Foundation – 6300 Creedmoor Road #170 – 130 Raleigh, NC 27612

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