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CUNNEY, Rev. Henry M. Age 85, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for sixty-one years. Born in Salem on June 4, 1934, he was the son of the late Henry and Alice (Buckley) Cunney. A son of Immaculate Conception Parish, he was educated in Salem schools and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Lynn, Class of 1951. He attended archdiocesan seminaries and was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 2, 1959 by Richard Cardinal Cushing. During the next 61 years, his priestly ministry was exercised in parishes and on high school and college campuses across the archdiocese. Between 1959 and 1964, he was an assistant at three parishes: St. Peter's, Gloucester; St. Andrew the Apostle, Forest Hills; and Blessed Sacrament, Walpole. His first foray into campus ministry was his three-year assignment as chaplain at Nazareth Academy in Wakefield. In 1967, he returned to parish ministry with assignments at St. Agatha, Milton and St. Joseph, Wakefield. Returning closer to home, Father Henry was named chaplain at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody in 1970, and in 1973, he was named assistant at St. Agnes, Arlington. In 1976, he was named assistant at St. Mary of the Hills Parish, Milton, remaining there until June 1986. He served again briefly in campus ministry, though this time at the college level, when he served as chaplain at Regis College. He was named parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale in 1987 and pastor of Nativity Parish in Merrimac in 1991. He also served as pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Nahant. In 2001, he was named parochial vicar at St. Richard's Parish, Danvers and was named a senior priest of the archdiocese in 2008. He remained active at St. Richard's for several years until becoming a resident of Regina Cleri, Boston. He continued to remain active while at Regina Cleri, assisting in several parishes and celebrating Mass on CatholicTV. Father Henry loved travel and organizing parish trips both in the U.S. and abroad. Affable and good-natured, he was beloved by both his parishioners and his brother priests to whom he was always ready to help with a smile and kind word. He was also a passionate sports fan and followed all of Boston's teams and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Predeceased by his brother, G. Vincent Cunney, he leaves behind family including several nephews and a niece and many cousins. Graveside services will be held privately in Saint Mary Cemetery, Salem. A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Arrangements are under the direction of C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., DANVERS SQUARE. To leave a message of condolence and for updated service information, please visit

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Published in Boston Globe from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2020.
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May 5, 2020
Thank you, Fr. Cunney, for your kindness and commitment to the parish and altar boys at St. Mary of the Hills in Milton. We loved the annual party with Red Sox 1975 films and abundant food. God bless, faithful servant!
Brian Walsh
April 11, 2020
Fr. Cunney was the ultimate priest in every way, truly a saint, who went out of his way to do the right thing for anyone who needed him...enjoyed his sense of humor and keen mind...a really humble example of the way priests should be. My heartfelt sympathy to all the Cunney Family.
Ellie Foley, Nahant
April 11, 2020
Hoping comfort can be drawn from knowing that your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many during this difficult time.
April 8, 2020
To the Cunney Family,I am so sorry to read of the death of Fr. Cunney.He was a kind and generous.We were from Saint Mary of the Hills in Milton and we enjoyed many trips with him.We will keep Father Finney in our prayers. Kathleen and John Fleming
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