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Craciun Funeral Home

14925 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH

OBITUARY

Timothy J. Cunningham

December 4, 1953March 2, 2020
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Timothy J. Cunningham, 66, of Cleveland, passed away March 2, 2020.

He was born in Cleveland, the son of the late Francis and Margaret (nee Leonard) Cunningham. He was the loving husband of Debbie (nee Taylor); beloved father of Coreen (David) Gilmore, Stacie (Mike) Gilmore and Sean (Kate Owsley) Cunningham; cherished grandfather of Raegan and Reese Gilmore, Cody, Austin, Caden and Addison Gilmore; dear brother of Michael (Maryanne), Patrick (Jenny, deceased), Margaret (Bill) Tschudy (deceased), Joan (Tim) Exum, John, Thomas, Kathy (Norm) Elias and Mary Kay (Ron, deceased) Phillips; adored uncle of many.

He retired from Belle Tire following many years of service. His hobbies included golfing, fishing and camping.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2PM at Craciun Funeral Home, 14925 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights.

  • FAMILY

  • Francis Joseph Cunningham, Father
  • Margaret Leonard Cunningham, Mother (deceased)
  • Debbie Taylor Cunningham, Wife
  • Coreen (David) Gilmore, Daughter
  • Stacie (Mike) Gilmore, Daughter
  • Sean (Kate Owsley) Cunningham, Son
  • Raegan and Reese Gilmore, Grandchildren
  • Cody, Austin, Caden and Addison Gilmore, Grandchildren
  • Michael (Maryanne), Brother
  • Patrick (Jenny) Cunningham, Brother (deceased)
  • Margaret (Bill) Tschudy, Sister (deceased)
  • Joan (Tim) Exum, Sister
  • John Cunningham, Brother
  • Thomas Cunningham, Brother
  • Kathy (Norm) Elias, Sister
  • Mary Kay (Ron, deceased) Phillips, Sister

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 8, 2020

Memories

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Richard Taylor

March 24, 2020

Too many to say, will miss you. Rest in Peace dear friend.

Don Bryant

March 9, 2020

Tim was a classmate, friend and my landlord at East 52nd and Fleet Ave when I lived upstairs with Sallie, my two-year old daughter. His and Debbie's daughter Corrine was about the same age. Tim kept my car running and Debbie watched Sallie when I worked late shifts. Tim was a a sincere and honorable man and will be missed.

Richard Cervenka

March 8, 2020

Sad to see another classmate leave my condolences to the family and my prayers to a friend

Mary Takacs

March 4, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to all the Cunningham Family.
Tim will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
Love
Mary & Zoli

Katherine Hess / Ward

March 4, 2020

May he Rest In Peace.

Sandra Walrath

March 4, 2020

Heaven received another Angel. Tim was my mother's favorite. You are in good company, bless you cousin. RIP. Prayers to the entire family for strength in grief. <3

Vern Cygan

March 4, 2020

I have nothing but fond, happy memories of Tim. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.

Matthew Jarosz

March 3, 2020

Rest In Peace cuz

John Hein

March 3, 2020

God bless You Tim. Prayers of comfort for family and friends. Brecksville 72. Amen

Joan Powers

March 3, 2020

So very very sorry upon hearing of Tim’s passing. I am praying for the Cunningham family and wishing you all comfort in this difficult time. Love, Joan Powers

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Caden and Papa. Caden's first 4th of July.

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Tim and Debbie's wedding!

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Biography

Timothy J. Cunningham was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Timothy always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Timothy was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Francis and Margaret Cunningham. Timothy was raised in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Always able to express himself well, Timothy possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Timothy was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Timothy was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Timothy was raised with he had eight siblings. Michael, Patrick, Margaret, Joan, John, Thomas, Kathy, MaryKay. Timothy had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Timothy showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Timothy enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in football, baseball and wrestling. Timothy's memorable achievements included.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Timothy was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

       Timothy was attentive to Debbie's feelings, and he charmed Debbie and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Timothy was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Timothy identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Timothy was blessed with three children, two daughters, Coreen and Stacie, and one son, Sean. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Cody, Austin, Caden, Raegan, Addison and Reese.

      Timothy was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Timothy’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Timothy was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Timothy could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was a tire salesman. He was employed for many years at Belle Tire.

      Because he liked to take risks, Timothy was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Timothy played football, baseball and wrestling. Recreational sports included golfing. Timothy was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were the Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavaliers.

      Timothy’s natural leadership qualities placed him in consideration for public recognition, earning him accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included top saleman.

      Timothy was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Timothy’s favorites was he had several dogs. Jaz was his last. They were best friends for he would always have a dog. His family was rounded out by his fish his son set up for him.

      Timothy passed away on March 2, 2020 at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. Timothy suffered from a brain hemorage which caused his death. He is survived by his wife Debbie, his children Coreen, Stacie and Sean; his six grandchild Cody, Austin, Caden, Raegan, Addison and Reese. And his brothers and sisters. Services were held at Craciun Funeral Home. Timothy was cremated and went home with his wife and children.

      Timothy was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Timothy had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Timothy J. Cunningham.