The son of Michael Bunyan and Ann Garrity, he was born in Pembroke, Canada West. He was active for a number of years in lumbering along the Ottawa River. Bunyan came to North Bay in 1884. He served on the first town council.
Bunyan married Emma McPeak.
He died in North Bay at the age of 54.
- "Richard Bunyan". Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947, North Bay, Nipissing, Ontario, yr 1910 cn 21147, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1854628. familysearch.
- Gard, Anson Albert (1909). North Bay, the gateway to Silverland : being the story of a happy, prosperous people ... Toronto: Emerson Press. p. 160.
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