OBITUARY

George Peter Cunningham

31 May , 195123 April , 2019

George Peter Cunningham, surrounded by his loving family, Mary, Robyn, Eryn and Reegin, passed away peacefully at the age of 67 on the morning of Tuesday April 23rd, 2019, at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Born in Glasgow Scotland, to parents Margaret McMaster and Hector Cunningham, George was one of four children, along with siblings Frances, Linda and Jack. George was an adventurous spirit and travelled as a volunteer microbiologist to Sierra Leone, in West Africa where he set up laboratory services and met the love of his life, Mary Scholten.

George immigrated to Canada in 1980 where he and Mary wed and settled in Owen Sound, Ontario to start their family. Over the years, George and Mary, with their three children in tow, continued their adventures by moving across the country, living in Omemee, Peterborough, Lakefield, Sudbury and Regina before finally settling in South Surrey in 1999; when housing prices were so reasonable!

George worked for many years in the health care industry for MDS, where he became the Vice President of Western Canada before taking an early retirement. This was short-lived, as he was quickly headhunted and hired on by CML Health Care as their Western Regional Manager. George was never one to sit still, was an active member of multiple boards and was never one to say no to a variety of charitable causes.

George loved music and dancing, spending time in Zihuatenjo, Mexico and travelling the world, which often included visiting family and friends overseas. However, nothing compared to his love of family time, including special traditions, delicious brunches and evenings filled with live theatre and entertainment. Many will always remember George for his amazing sense of humour and infectious laughter that could carry through a building and brighten anyone’s day.

George is deeply missed and will be forever remembered by his beloved wife of 38 years, Mary Cunningham, his beautiful daughters Robyn Claassen and Eryn Jackson, his endearing son Reegin Cunningham, as well as their supportive partners Eric, Kyle, and Cristina, his mini-me grandsons Logan and Lucas, and his favourite pooch, Snowball and the family’s newest canine member, Patchi.

Please join us on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Good Shepherd Church (2250 150 Street, Surrey, BC) to celebrate George’s life. Visitation will begin at 10am with the Funeral Mass to begin at 11am and a reception to follow until 2pm.

George lived life to the fullest, enjoying every moment with flare, so we would love if you dressed to celebrate his vibrant soul!

Services

  • Public Viewing Thursday, 2 May , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, 2 May , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, 2 May , 2019

Memories

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Judy Jeffries

24 May 2019

John Jeffries

23 May 2019

Remembering George ‘the day at the track’
I forget the exact year but I’m guessing around 2006. It was June or July and being a fan of amatuer sports car racing I was heading down to Seattle for a day of fast cars and sunshine. I mentioned this to George and invited (no, convinced) him to join me for the day. Early Saturday morning we headed down to Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington a suburb of Seattle. The track was located out of town on several hundred acres of rural property. We arrived around 9:30 am, parked and had to walk about a half mile to the track. Before any racing or qualifying took place I wanted to stroll through the pits and chat with crews and drivers. It was all new to George, although I thought he was perhaps somewhat distracted, which he was...distracted.
In any event we shuffled off to the bleachers, ready to take in the action. It was then I happened to look over as George was checking his sneakers. His shoes were literally crumbling before our eyes. The soles of the shoes were both flapping freely and crumbling away. Somewhat sheepishly George did admit that he had owned the shoes longer than 5 or 6 years but had never worn them.
We both had a good laugh as we planned a day of limited walking on gravel paths and hot asphalt.
I remember George’s good nature and generosity that day as he didn’t want to keep me from checking out various viewing spots around the ~1.9 mile facility.
Over the years we always shared a laugh over our day at the track.
Rest in Peace George
Your friend and neighbour John Jeffries

Judy Jeffries

23 May 2019

I remember so many events with George....wheeling BBQs across the street, dinner events with our good friends Morley and Noelle, the legion dances and "Meat" draws, the Norway rats, the Black Forest inn, the rooster down the way, plumbing incidents, the cottage bistro, coming home barefoot from the states laughing..... sailing in Semiahmoo Bay, hockey games, lacrosse games. ...the party you organized when we moved back east!!
George was so generous he chauffeured our daughter on her wedding day when her drive didn't turn up!
George was blessed. We will miss him dearly!!!
Judy Jeffries

Margaret and John Liira

21 May 2019

We have such great memories of our time with you in Zihuatanejo. We remember Mary and George dancing in the street and laughing and singing Sweet Caroline with gusto.
We were touched by the immediate way you embraced us as friends, and are grateful for the times we shared on Pender.

Monica Calnegru

17 May 2019

This is how we will always remember, George ...always laughing and smiling.

Monica Calnegru

17 May 2019

These are some of our favourite photos from our wedding day on June 10, 2017. We are so happy to have had the chance to share our special day with Mary & George.

Laurel McDargh

17 May 2019

This photo was taken in Zihuatanejo while having a beer on the beach. The original photo was of Doug, Mary, Ruth and George. I was photo shopped into the picture so I could be a part of “the pack”. The next time I visit Zihua will be much different without George and his laughter.

Ryan and Jillian Scholten

6 May 2019

We are thinking of you all every day. George was such a bright light. He made a big impression as a joyful and delightful man. We will always remember him playing soccer in a suit with all the young men and women at our wedding. He really seemed to take advantage of every every opportunity to find and share joy.

We are so sorry for his passing and are sending our love to you every day.

Heather Walker

2 May 2019

Oh my. I do believe George's laugh stands out as the most memorable in all the years we shared at MD Metro. I also believe George laughed with a Scottish accent - his was divine to hear...and share! Dear Cunningham family, your sorrow is shared. Heather

Erik Scholten

2 May 2019

For Mary, Reegin, Eryn, Robyn and all the loving Family

On behalf of Elizabeth, Lydia, Yves, Ernest, and all of our loved ones, may I say that you are all deep in our thoughts and prayers. While we remain bewildered by hearing of his passing, we are also saddened by missing the opportunity to be with you today to celebrate his incredible life. May you all find peace at the earliest possible moment, knowing that his suffering was not prolonged, and he too has found peace. A Soul like his belongs only with God. And he watches you now. May he always see, and have happiness watching over you as you continue with your own lives, growing and loving with appreciation for time that we have together.
In his memory, we would be honoured to support George's favourite causes.

You have our condolences, but remember: He's making God laugh harder than ever before now.... hard to imagine that heaven could be improved, but seems he proved that it can...

With all our support and love,

Tante Elizabeth and family!

FROM THE FAMILY