John Arthur Cunningham

June 13, 1929March 27, 2018

John Arthur Cunningham, 88 of Bristol, CT formerly of South Yarmouth, MA died Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY to the late William Arthur & Agnes (Quinn) Cunningham, he graduated Canterbury (CT) 1948 and Yale University 1952 as a mechanical engineer. John was a US Army Korean War veteran, served as 2nd Lieutenant and upon completion Engineer OCS. He was a licensed professional engineer in NY & PA and worked his entire career (39 years) with Combustion Engineering. John retired to the Cape in 1992.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Eleanor (Pierce) Cunningham (2017) and brother Robert. He is survived by his children Michael (Nancy), Southampton, MA; Kathleen Weber, Bristol, CT; Karen (Kelly) Coffman, Marshfield, MO; and Kevin (Red) (Julie), Carbondale, CO. Also surviving are his grandchildren Christopher, Andrew & Ashley Weber; Jesse & Danielle Coffman; Anna & Cooper Cunningham, Melissa (Tucker) McWeeney & great-grandchildren Cailynn Danneman, Declan & Madaket McWeeney.

John's activities included the Brewster Government Study Committee, Brewster's representative on The Cape Light Compact (13 years), Cape & Vineyard Electric Coop (4 years) and Trustee of the Cape Symphony Orchestra. He enjoyed skiing, sailing and golf.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 30th at 12 noon, in the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 729 Route 134, South Dennis, with a Visitation prior at 11:30am. Burial will be held in Hillside Cemetery, Old Mill Rd, Osterville.

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  • Visitation Friday, March 30, 2018
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Pat Bradford

August 20, 2018

Although we never met, I was always told that I had distant cousins named Bobby and John Cunningham. I remember meeting John’s mother, Agnes, a few times. Interesting that my daughter, Stephanie, also graduated from Yale. Sorry that Facebook came along too late to make a connection. RIP Cousin John.

Chris Kenney

March 30, 2018

John was a wonderfully caring and giving person. I had the privilege of knowing him for a number of years in Brewster. We shared a mutual passion for skiing. After a bad car accident, John & Ellie we’re most supportive. John even gave me his “Over 80 Ski Club” patch, expressing his confidence that I’d make it back skiing. Fortunately I’m skiing again and I still have the patch. Thank you, John, may you Rest In Peace.

Jeff Bernstein

March 30, 2018

I have been counsel to the Cape Light Compact since its beginning in 1997. I had the great pleasure to work with John for his many years on the Compact Governing Board -- he was thoughtful, principled, gentlemanly and a superb advocate for what he believed in. The Cape and Vineyard benefitted greatly from his tireless service. And I always enjoyed his stories of skiing with family members!

Tom King

March 29, 2018

John was a very proud, active and devoted member of the Brewster Men's Club. His was President and his term was from 1997 - 1998. He attended almost all of the monthly luncheon meetings. When he and Ellie moved to South Yarmouth he told me he missed the Brewster Men's Club lunches . John and Ellie were also members of Our Lady of the Cape in Brewster and were active in many of. the Parish activities. Thank you both .
We will miss both as they were both giving people. They also loved their family and their visits to their home.
God Bless John and Ellie and may they rest in peace.
Tom King

Julie Anderson

March 28, 2018

My name is Julie and I work at brewster village marketplace. John was a really great person and I always looked forward to seeing him when he came to the store. I will always remember he would have his hands filled with his purchases and then he would tell me “and I’ve got two limes in my pocket”. He was always telling us about his family and I’m sure you know you were all really loved by this gentleman. My thoughts are with you all, I’m so sorry for your loss.