(Peter Khoury’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/13; via Pam Green.)

An Illinois farm boy who came to New York to be a singer left an indelible mark on the Upper West Side co-op where he lived for more than six decades.

There’s a void in my Upper West Side co-op.

There’s no piano playing coming from the apartment directly above my ground-floor unit. No deep, reassuring bass-baritone.

I miss that voice. It belonged to Charles Dunn, a singer, voice teacher, former co-op president and good friend who died this month at 99.

Charles — a strapping Illinois farm boy who graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., with a bachelor’s degree in music in 1942, served in the Coast Guard during World War II and later came to New York to follow his passion — made the city a richer place.

One great thing about Manhattan is that the density of humanity increases the chances of encountering people who bring something special to the table.

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Photo Credit: via the Dunn family

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