OBITUARY

Arthur "Art" Patrick Cunningham Jr.

January 2, 1945October 20, 2019

Arthur "Art" Patrick Cunningham, Jr., age 74, of Hoover, AL. passed away peacefully on October 20, 2019. He was born on January 2, 1945 in Winchester, MA to Arthur and Helen Cunningham. Art went to Winchester high school and then went on to attend Nichols College where he obtained his degree. He enlisted in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 where he was a First Lieutenant and honorably served his country. Art retired from Michelin Corporation after 42 years of dedicated service. He loved life to the fullest and also greeted everyone with his winning smile. Art was a devoted husband and a proud father. He was the best "Pa" to his grandkids and a friend to all. Art is predeceased by his mother and father Arthur Patrick and Helen Coss Cunningham. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 beloved years Barbara Sweeney Cunningham; children, Lisa Cunningham McAlister (Stan), Patrick Arthur Cunningham (Lisa), Amy Cunningham Wilbanks (Glenn); 7 grandchildren, Sam Cunningham, Austin Wilbanks, Owen Wilbanks, Luke Cunningham, Zac Cunningham, Madeline McAlister, and Evan Wilbanks; sister Brenda Cunningham Lavelle (Gordon); brother, Peter Cunningham. Memorial Contributions may be made to Smile A Mile, or A-Team Ministries. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. There will be no visitation prior to mass but please join us for a celebration of Art's life immediately following the service at The Preserve Town Hall.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, October 25, 2019

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Tom Schapp

October 25, 2019

To the family, I’m sorry for your loss and pray that you always feel God’s love and strength but in extra measure at this time. It's hard to lose a loved one but especially someone like Art.

In my opinion, no words can fully explain what Art meant to me and to so many other people. Art set a great example of how to live life and I gained strength and inspiration whenever I was around him. He was the type of person I aspire to be. He approached life with confidence, enthusiasm and with his eyes wide open, looking for ways to make life better for those around him. He always showed the trademark “Art” smile even during difficult circumstances. The love and pride he felt for his family was obvious but always shared with humility. He was always grateful!

By the time Art and I met nine years ago, he had countless good friends and ongoing activities but he still made room in his life for me. I’m a better person thanks to Art and count him among my blessings—and won’t forget the difference he made in my life and that of my family. Thank you for being my friend, Art!

Joe O'Connor

October 24, 2019

It is very sad to hear of Art's passing. He was the first Michelin Sales person I met in 1975 and he taught me more in two weeks than I had learned in the previous three months of sales training. I have respect for no one at Michelin more than Art. It has always been obvious that Art's work was appreciated by Customers and colleagues alike. What a great guy. Kathy and I offer our prayers and best wishes for Barbara and the family.

Richard Ameris

October 23, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Art over the years and he was a role model. His dedication to his customers, Michelin and his family resonated in all he did. He conducted himself with the utmost respect and moral standards.

His family should be proud of all he achieved and we are blessed to have called him a friend and Michelin NA colleague.

He is now entering the best of part of his eternal life with the Lord. However, he will be missed by all of us.

Tom Sigler

October 23, 2019

Art was an associate of mine at Michelin in the Earthmover department for many years. I always respected him and held him in high esteem. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Art will be greatly missed.

Tom Sigler

Gary Wilson

October 22, 2019

Art was a great friend and work associate. He will be missed but will make heaven a better place for all that follow him.

Bob Roth

October 22, 2019

Art was a great individual. Always positive, always willing to help others. I never knew Art without a smile on his face. He was a great asset to the Earthmover team and I enjoyed working with him. Art was also a great family man, always doing his best to take care of his family. Art will be missed
God bless to him and his family

Erik Tragesser

October 22, 2019

Art was an amazing man. I had the pleasure of working with him at Michelin Tires Corporation in Greenville when he was the Alabama, Georgia, Florida ESM. I moved to Florida to take over the State. Art and I spent a week together traveling the state and meeting key players. Art had a huge area of responsibility but he was such a generous man lending me his time and talents. It was an amazingly pleasant experience and gave me a chance to get to know him much better. As a result I would consult with Art on the many challenges that presented over the years. Art always had a positive perspective and intelligent solutions to challenges. I am so sorry for your family's great loss and I am very blessed to have known Art.

Vickie Johnson

October 22, 2019

Art and I worked together back in the 90s during our Michelin Earthmover days. He was such a nice guy. Always professional and a gentleman. I send my sincerest thoughts and prayers to he’s family and friends.

Tomas Bennett

October 22, 2019

I have known Art for 20 years and had the distinct pleasure working with Art directly on the same team at Michelin for many of those years.

Art was a great person who was always positive, honest, caring, hard working, and would go out of his way to help others. I genuinely enjoyed the time I spent with Art and he was a joy to be around.

I know he loved his family very much and always talked about them. He always spoke fondly of the weekends with the grandchildren and the summer beach trips with the entire family.

I know he is in Heaven with our Father. I pray for healing for his family. I miss Art but, I know I will see him again one day.

God Bless.

Chris Roberts

October 22, 2019

Art was such a great individual to work with, and one we all called a friend. He paved a path for many individuals like myself to not only be successful but to have fun doing it. He will be greatly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY