Cunniffe, Terence R.
Terence R. Cunniffe passed away peacefully at the age of 66 on Sunday, September 22, 2013, surrounded by the family who adored him. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nancy; his children Melinda and Brian Carroll, Daniel and Shannon Cunniffe and Sean and Jillian Cunniffe, along with his grandchildren who are the apples of his eye: Eliza, Sadie, Chloe, T. Elliott, Charles T., Pace, and a seventh grandchild due this December. Terence is also survived by his siblings Maurice Cunniffe, Robert Cunniffe, and Constance Cunniffe. He was born on September 26, 1946 in the Bronx, a son of Linda Killeen and Maurice Cunniffe of Ireland. The friendships he made in his childhood have endured decades and their stories will reach generations to come. Terence graduated from Mount Saint Michael Academy, followed by Fordham University and obtained an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was stationed in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany in 1967 where he earned the rank of First Lieutenant in the nuclear artillery unit. More importantly, it is where he met the love of life, Nancy. Terry's intelligence, determination, and spirit for entrepreneurship led him to successes in many industries and ultimately as the President of Rite-Off Inc, a global consumer and industrial products company. He then retired to Roxbury, Connecticut in 1997. Always looking for adventure after early retirement, Terry decided to join the Foreign Service. He became a Financial Management Officer in Senegal, the Gambia, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Albania, and Serbia before retiring again in 2007. Terry loved his home on Shelter Island where his sea legs brought him much enjoyment-either by fishing, taking journeys on the boat with his brothers, or spending time on the water with his family. Terry was considered an extraordinary man by all who had the good fortune to cross his path. His charm, warmth and sense of humor illuminated our lives and he will be sorely missed. Friends may call Wednesday, September 25 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Fred D. Knapp, 267 Greenwich Avenue. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 10:00am at St. Catherine's of Siena located at 4 Riverside Avenue in Riverside, Connecticut.