Richard N. Cunningham

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MANCHESTER - Richard Neil Cunningham, 77, of Manchester died on June 2, 2014, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester. His last morning hours were spent with his loving wife, Barbara, his children and grandchildren.Dick was born in Manchester on Aug. 15, 1936. He was the son of Bernard T. and Thelma F. (Erskine) Cunningham. He lived in Goffstown, Alton and Manchester.Dick graduated from Bishop Bradley High School; he also attended New Hampshire College and management programs at Duke University and the University of Oklahoma. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, where he served at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman, Okla., and the Naval Air Station in Southampton, Bermuda.He spent many years working in financial fields, such as BankEast in Manchester and in the business office of the New Hampshire Fish & Game.In 1969, Dick was the recipient of New Hampshire's Most Outstanding Young Men's Award. He was always ready to volunteer his time and to provide leadership wherever he was needed. He served as Jaycee president of the Manchester Chapter and of the N.H. State Jaycees and was elected to the Junior Chamber Senate. While volunteering in New Hampshire, he served as president of the Manchester Exchange Club, Manchester Chamber of Commerce and was past chairman of the board of the N.H. Easter Seals Society. He served as director of the NHHEAF, N.H.'s Health and Higher Education Authority, the N.H. Association for the Blind, past treasurer and director of the N.H. Brain Injury Association, the vice chair of the N.H. Technical Institute Advisory Board and the N.H. Job Training Council. Dick was a member of the Hillsborough County Private Industry Council, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Amica Investors Group. He frequently served in the local politics of Manchester and Alton.Dick enjoyed life and looked at every day as another adventure. He was dedicated to his wife, his children and grandchildren. He had many friends throughout New Hampshire and beyond. Most of all, he enjoyed entertaining his children and grandchildren with his storytelling and his ancient songs, which his grandchildren called "crazy songs." His "joie de vivre" extended to his family, coaching sports, volunteering for services to others, mountain climbing, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, sailing and more.He was predeceased by his parents and his son, Michael Sean Cunningham, in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Jean (Riley) Cunningham; his daughter, Karyn Jean (Cunningham) Wornick of Concord; a son, Keith Thomas Cunningham of Rye, N.Y., and his wife, Nicole (Tysowsky) Cunningham; a sister, Susan (Cunningham) McKenna Varian of Malden, Mass.; the wife of his deceased son Michael, Dale (Johnson) Cunningham of Andover, Mass. Grandchildren include Kious, Jaime and Cameron Wornick; Amelia and Aidan Cunningham; and Andrew and Hannah Cunningham..

SERVICES: Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, at the Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 6, at First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Easter Seals New Hampshire, 555 Auburn St., Manchester, NH 03103 or to the Brain Injury Association of N.H., 109 N. State St., Suite 2, Concord, NH 03301.Please visit to sign the online guestbook.

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Published in Union Leader on June 4, 2014
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