Sacramento's Francis House director dies of heart attack

8:12 PM, Dec 29, 2010   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA -- Long known as a fearless and determined advocate for the homeless and dispossessed, Greg Bunker passed away Tuesday night after suffering a heart attack while on vacation with his wife in Santa Barbara.

A Viet Nam veteran, Bunker came to Sacramento from Cincinnati and found himself drawn to social work. For the past 20 years he was the executive director of Francis House, helping people find jobs, transportation and housing.

"I would have to say that Greg was a champion of trying to end poverty in Sacramento," said Francis House program director Forrest Reed. "He was a hero and a spiritual inspiration. He was a very humble man, but joyous, funny and caring."

Bunker helped initiate the "safeground campaign" after Sacramento's tent city for the homeless was closed, Reed said.

"His spirit lives on in Francis House and everyone who is here is following up on his mission to provide the care. You know, Greg always said that the most important product of Francis House was personal care, compassion and caring," said Reed. "That's what he taught us and that's not going to change. We're still going to be here for 30,000 people on an annual basis that need our services. That's his legacy."

By Jonathan Mumm,


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