Former Adelphia/Time Warner production manager Joe Dunn passes away at 47 …

Former Adelphia/Time Warner production manager Joe Dunn died Tuesday from complications of a massive stroke he suffered on Aug. 21. He was 47.

Dunn worked for Adelphia/Time Warner for 19 years, from 1987 to 2006, and played a key role in the network’s High School Game of the Week broadcasts in the Diamond Bar/Walnut/Rowland Heights areas.

Easily visible by his wardrobe of t-shirt and shorts, no matter how cold, and full beard, Dunn also frequently helped with other events around Diamond Bar, even after leaving the company.

“People will probably remember him as the guy with the curly hair, big beard and neon shorts in December,” Dunn’s former co-worker and Adelphia/Time Warner play-by-play man Anthony Sarinana said. “It’s going to take some time to realize he’s gone. He was always around. There will definitely be a big chunk missing.”

Dunn, who lived in Ontario, is survived by his wife Cathy, daughter Stephanie and son Jonathan. Stephanie attends Mt. San Antonio College while Jonathan is a freshman at Diamond Bar High.

Dunn had been hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana after suffering the stroke on August 21. He wasn’t able to speak or move and took a turn for the worse before passing away on Tuesday.

“I worked with Joe a lot and he wasn’t afraid to tell you how it was,” Time Warner sportscaster Reginald Miller said. “That’s what I appreciated about him — he wasn’t afraid to tell you what he thought and oftentimes he was right.

“He was a kindhearted guy and beloved in the city of Diamond Bar. He wore whatever he wanted and his wardrobe was incredibly outdated. He marched to the beat of his own drummer.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Aram’s take: I only got to work with him a few times, but saw him around quite often and I can tell you that Joe loved him some prep sports and didn’t care what sport it was. You couldn’t miss him and he was a great, great guy and truly unique. He and Sarinana put on excellent productions and anybody in the area they covered knows exactly what I’m talking about. He will be missed.

  • Rich

    I worked with Joe quite a bit. He had a tremendous presence and a great sense of humor. As mentioned above his style was the stuff of legend, but that says more about him as a unique person who wasn’t afraid to be himself, than it does about any fashion statement. He was a great guy. Aram, you are a class act for posting this.

  • Tritia Manianglung

    I worked with Joe as his production coordinator for a few years at Adelphia and in those few years he taught me so much!! Joe definitely paved the way for my career in TV/Film production. He believed in me and help me make my dreams come true! He was such a kind-hearted person who did what he could to help others…he will surely be missed!!

  • Nanette Rivera

    I was a personal friend of Joe’s as well as a former co-worker (20yrs ago). He was a wonderful person and was always there for me through my rough times as well as great ones. He was always brutally honest but with his comedic charm and sense of stylish wit always said to me…”it’s all good kiddo!”

    I can’t even tell how how much I am going to miss my former poker mentor and I can only guess how he is trying to get a poker game together in heaven right now!! Joe, you are truly missed my friend!

  • Mark Seitz

    I worked with Joe in Diamond Bar with Adelphia, and if you worked for Adelphia you know that we had some hard times, But Joe was always able to make me and everyone laugh. Joe was a great co-worker and will be missed.

  • Jennifer Hipple

    It’s been nearly a year since Joe’s passing and I’m still astonished to think he’s no longer with us. I worked with Joe at what was then Jones Intercable (a lifetime ago). Joe was a great buddy, made me nuts sometimes, but also taught me so much about video production and how to work with people. Yes, the t-shirts and worn out jeans were legendary but that was Joe. Putting on a clean t-shirt was dressing up. We had lots of fun on our outdoor shoots and became adept at quickly devising a Plan B when something went down the crapper, which was nearly always. Joe had an impact on people. If you knew him you loved him because that’s just the kind of guy he was. He is dearly missed.

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