Samuel Lees Cunninghame
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AGE: 82 • Manasquan
Samuel Lees Cunninghame, #1396, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Sunnyside Nursing Home after a brave battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born in Plainfield on Aug. 20, 1930, Samuel graduated from Plainfield High School, class of 1948, and attended Miami University. He joined the Marine Corps in 1951 and graduated from the NJSP Academy, class of 1955, the 48th class to graduate. Samuel served 18 years and took early retirement as Sergeant 1st Class. Samuel became President of L.J. Kennedy Trucking Co., Kearny for 15 years. He was the Executive Director and Past President of NJMTA for 15 years, and until recently, Government Relations for the Association of Bi-State Harbor Carriers, Inc. of Port Newark.
Samuel was a trustee and past president of the Former State Police Association and the 200 Club of Monmouth County. He worked on the Fairway Mews Committee, serving on the Board of Directors for 7 years. He was a member of the Spring Lake Golf Club, American Legion, State Trooper NCO Association, Friends of NJ Transportation Heritage Center, National Rotary Association, and Marine Corps Law Enforcement. Samuel was also the member of the Newark Traffic Club, Jersey Coast Traffic Club, 2nd Marine Division Association (Mid Atlantic Chapter), Navy League of U.S., Marine Corps League, VFW, Manasquan Elks Lodge #2534, Northwest Unv. Traff. Institute Association. Samuel was also a lobbyist for many years for the state of NJ. Sam lived life to the fullest - those who were part of his life through the years will be a part of his heart and he will be forever missed.
Samuel was predeceased by his wife, Regina, in 2004, and by his three brothers and one sister. He is survived by his daughter, Marianne Cunninghame; his son, William Pospisil and wife Janet; and three grandsons, Shayne, Trevor, and Dylan; and his brother, Andrew in FL.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 until time of funeral service at 5:30 p.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Route 35, Wall. Private cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Samuel's memory to Troopers Assisting Troops, 16 Jason Drive, Spring Lake Hts., NJ 07762 or to Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 505, Manasquan, NJ 08736. For more information and to send condolences, visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
O'Brien Funeral Home
2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road Wall, NJ 07719
Published in Asbury Park Press from July 20 to July 22, 2013