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Donald C. "Daddy-o" Cunningham, age 92, died Feb 3, 2016 in Akron, Ohio. He grew up in L.A., where he attended Manual Arts High School, UCLA, and various book and record stores. He served during WW II as an Army Air Corps meteorologist in China, Burma, and India. He worked for 37 years as a quality assurance engineer at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He eased many of us through episodes of toddler, tween, and teen angst. He astounded us with the depth of his knowledge and breadth of his interests. He volunteered at Weathervane Playhouse, where he played the butler who didn't do it. He acquired his nickname at the Bank Night Club. He was a food snob ("is it Strickland's?") who was on a first-name basis with Russ from West Point and Michael from the Blue Door. He followed the Indians, the Cavs, and even the Browns.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cora, and by Barbara Wagoner, his former wife. He is survived by his children, Kent Graham (Laraine), Jan-Raye

Graham Gardner (Ed), Eric Cunningham, Scott Cunningham (Polly), and Cathy Cunningham (Chuck Stebelton); grandchildren, Ian Cunningham, Chelsea Pethtel (Andy), and David Gardner; and great grandchildren, Kaidyn and Ashlynn Cunningham, Gavin Welch, and Cameron Pethtel. And stacks of annotated TCM movie guides.

Family will receive friends from 12 to 2p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 North Canton Rd, Akron, OH 44305. Visitation will be at 3pm UWUA 350 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Metro Parks Foundation, the ACLU, or the Rockynol Employee Appreciation Fund. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 18, 2016
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