William Cunningham

Cunningham, William T., 89 - of Marmora, NJ, formerly of Wellesley, MA, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 with his son John at his bedside. Born in Baton Rouge, LA, Mr. Cunningham obtained a degree in engineering from Louisiana State University at the age of 20, and became a U.S. Navy engineer in 1944, designing depth charges and other naval ordinance used in WWII. As a young man, he also played baseball in industrial leagues that featured some players who later became professional athletes, such as Y.A. Tittle and Mel Didier. In 1954, he married Margaret D. Cunningham, who was born in Berwyn, PA and predeceased him in September 2013. For more than 25 years, he was employed by the Stone & Webster engineering company, working on design teams for the construction of bridges, breweries, oil refineries, and power plants, including nuclear energy plants. For several years after retiring as an engineer, he and his wife managed a group home in Devon, PA for adults with emotional and cognitive disabilities, which was owned by the Devereux Foundation. He is survived by: his daughter and grand-daughters, Peg, Maggie and Lindsey Bergman of Holliston, MA; son, John Cunningham, of Natick, MA; brother John N. Cunningham, Jr. and his wife, Delle, of Dallas, TX; and various nephews and nieces around the country. Mr. Cunningham is remembered by his children, family members and friends as someone who was generous, unpretentious, honest and unfailingly reliable. He loved nothing more than his wife and family, but he also had a life-long passion for reading, learning and watching competitive sports. His Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Godfrey Funeral Home 644 South Shore Road in Palermo, NJ. Interment will be at Seaside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends and relatives make donations to the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 11 Independence Way, Newark DE 19713 (www.cchfoundation.net). For condolences and information, please visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Home

Godfrey Funeral Home
644 South Shore Road Palermo, NJ 08223
(609) 390-9699

Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, 2014