Jeffrey A. Cuddy Jr.

MANCHESTER - Jeffrey A. Cuddy Jr., 92, a longtime resident of Manchester, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Community Hospice Home in Merrimack, after a short period of failing health.

Born on Oct. 10, 1920, in Cleveland, he was the son of Jeffrey and Elizabeth (Climo) Cuddy.

Jeff served as WMUR-TV's first art director from 1954 to 1959. He left WMUR-TV to open Interstate Advertising Agency, which led to his position as the art assistant to Mr. Bob Montana, the creator of the famous Archie comic strip.

Jeff was a two-term trustee and member of Brookside Congregational Church, a past member of Manchester Country Club, Kiwanis Club, co-founder of Derryfield School and Swimmer's Inc. (Sudden Pitch). He proudly served in the Air Corps under Barry Goldwater in Yuma, Ariz.

Jeff was predeceased by Muriel (Diversi) Cuddy, his wife of 58 years.

He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Cuddy and daughter-in-law Shirley Sminkey Cuddy of Manchester; daughter Jennifer Cuddy Steer of Dover; two grandsons, Daymond Steer of Tamworth and Jeffrey Steer of Dover; sister Elizabeth Moore of Pennsylvania; and two nephews, Townie Moore of Pennsylvania and Peter Moore of Vermont.

Jeffrey's family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of the Community Hospice Home in Merrimack for the care and compassion shown to him and his family.


services: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made be made to a or to the Community Hospice Home, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, or to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945.

A short prayer service was held Feb. 10 in the chapel at Brookside Congregational Church. A burial at the Blossom Hill Cemetery will be in the spring.

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Published in Union Leader on Feb. 17, 2013