Salem - Frank Klar Cunningham, 84, of Salem, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family.|
Born March 10, 1930, in New Britain, he was the son of the late John and Gertrude (Klar) Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham was a proud U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.
On Oct. 27, 1951, he married the former Evelyn Stolba at St. Francis Church in Middletown.
An avid equestrian (and showman), he was a self-employed farrier by trade and served as a delegate to the New England Horseman's Council, past president of the Connecticut Horse Show Association, and member of the Connecticut Hunter-Jumper Association. Mr. Cunningham had also served on the Salem Planning & Zoning Commission and volunteered with the Gardner Lake VFC Fire Police.
In addition to Evelyn, his beloved wife of 62 years, he leaves six children and their spouses, Cheryl Bowers (Donald) of Ispwich, Mass., John (Gaylene) of Salem, Gail Gordon (Ted) of Tavanier, Fla., David (Maggie) of Sharon Springs, N.Y., James (Tiffany) and Joseph (Gina), all of Salem; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Lulis of Plantsville and Claire Kitson of Lakeland, Fla.; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, directly at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 752 Norwich-Salem Tpke., Route 82, Oakdale. Committal with full military honors will follow in the Salem Green Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be to the church, VITAS Hospice, 628 Hebron Ave., Bldg. 2, Ste. 300, Glastonbury 06033 or to the
., PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Published in The Day on July 14, 2014