OBITUARY

William James Cunningham "Bill"

January 17, 1942April 2, 2021

BILL CUNNINGHAM

Cunningham, William James “Bill”, age 79, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, passed on April 2, 2021 at his Harbour Island home in Ocean City, Maryland. Bill was a beloved brother, cousin, father, grand “pop” and uncle.

Bill was born to Wilbur Edward and Rose Loretta (Callow) Cunningham on January 17, 1942, at the “Old” Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. He attended Saint Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, Saint John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland, before joining the U.S. Army Reserves.

Bill enjoyed his childhood summers at the family’s Sherwood Forest home on the Severn River. He worked at the family’s Cunningham Paint Company, then later at Clark-Fontana Paint Co. and C.I. Smith Paint Co. before joining National Capital Building & Supply, which after 24 years, he retired as Vice President / General Manager.

Bill raised his family and lived in Montgomery County for 30 years. Bill enjoyed blue crabs from The Wharf in DC, trips to museums and vacations in Ocean City with his family. He spent the next 16 years in Annapolis before retiring in 2004 to Harbour Island in Ocean City, Maryland. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed his home electronics, expanding his world geography knowledge, and watching bald eagles and sea birds. Most of all, he valued precious time and visits with his brothers, his children and his grandchildren. We will greatly miss his sense of humor.

Bill’s final resting place is Gate of Heaven, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Aspen Hill, Maryland. Viewing will be Tuesday, April 13th from 2-4pm at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD. Interment will be private for immediate family. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Cunningham. Bill leaves behind his brothers: James “Jim” F. Cunningham and John W. Cunningham (Patty), his children: Karen Furda, Kristy Miers (Clint), and Kevin Cunningham (Cheryl), grandchildren: Mary, Matthew, Hope, Brooke, Cole, Justin and Lauren as well as nephews and nieces.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Patty Cunningham

April 9, 2021

Bill was a large part of John & my years together hanging at the beach. I was privileged to spend so many happy times being included as part of the Cunningham brothers group. Loved being nicknamed Cookie by Bill. We miss those times together.

Love
Patty

Mike Petersen

April 7, 2021

Prayers for my best friend Kevin and his entire family!
The Cunningham’s were my extended family for years. Kevin and I met while bowling, and have been friends since. Some of my favorite memories were being invited on their summer trip to Ocean City. I had my first blue crab with Bill and Kevin...each year they would order a bushel and we would spend the afternoon eating! Great memories, great people.

Biography

BILL CUNNINGHAM

William James “Bill” Cunningham, age 79, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, passed on April 2, 2021 at his Harbour Island home in Ocean City, Maryland. Bill was a beloved brother, cousin, father, grand “pop” and uncle.

Bill was born to Wilbur Edward and Rose Loretta (Callow) Cunningham on January 17, 1942, at the “Old” Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. He attended Saint Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, Saint John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland, before joining the U.S. Army Reserves.

Bill enjoyed his childhood summers at the family’s Sherwood Forest home on the Severn River. He worked at the family’s Cunningham Paint Company, then later at Clark-Fontana Paint Co. and C.I. Smith Paint Co. before joining National Capital Building & Supply, which after 24 years, he retired as Vice President / General Manager.

Bill raised his family and lived in Montgomery County for 30 years. Bill enjoyed blue crabs from The Wharf in DC, trips to museums and vacations in Ocean City with his family. He spent the next 16 years in Annapolis before retiring in 2004 to Harbour Island in Ocean City, Maryland. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed his home electronics, expanding his world geography knowledge, and watching bald eagles and sea birds. Most of all, he valued precious time and visits with his brothers, his children and his grandchildren. We will greatly miss his sense of humor.

Bill’s final resting place is Gate of Heaven, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Aspen Hill, Maryland. Viewing will be Tuesday, April 13th from 2-4pm at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD. Interment will be private for immediate family. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Cunningham. Bill leaves behind his brothers: James “Jim” F. Cunningham and John W. Cunningham (Patty), his children: Karen Furda, Kristy Miers (Clint), and Kevin Cunningham (Cheryl), grandchildren: Mary, Matthew, Hope, Brooke, Cole, Justin and Lauren as well as nephews and nieces.