Plymouth, Massachusetts

1947 - 2016


Plymouth, Massachusetts


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CUNNINGHAM, David L. 68, resident of Plymouth, MA, passed away suddenly on March 20, 2016 at his winter home in Stuart, Florida. He was the beloved husband of Ellen J. Sturtevant. He was born in Lowell, MA on October 12, 1947, the son of the late Leo E. Cunningham and the late Iris (McMahon)...

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Hi Ms. Sturtevant,

I am only now hearing of your loss earlier this year, and felt I had to add my thoughts.

I had Mr. Cunningham for his first ever split 5/6 grade class back in 1995 and 1996, which gave me the privilege of having him for two years. Those were, undoubtedly, the two most formative years of my childhood -- emotionally and academically. Mr. Cunningham was not only a source of structure and sound teaching, but also of great nurturing and passion for...


Sorry for your loss, Dave was a good friend for many years. I think of both of you often and will now keep each of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Dear Ellen,
I was so sad to hear of David's passing. He touched so many lives with his gentle way. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jill Finch

Champ you were my favorite golf partner and a true friend. God Bless! Ellen our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Larry & Sally Pezanko

I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. While we never had the opportunity to teach in the same school, I got to know him through system-wide workshops, conferences, in services, etc over the years. I will remember him as a caring educator with a wonderful sense of humor. Ellen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of Dave's family as you move forward. He will be remembered fondly by so many Acton educators and students.

Dave was a gentle man and a gifted and caring teacher. I am grateful to have had him as a colleague. I send Ellen my sincere condolences.

I was very sad to learn of Mr. Cunningham's passing. I was in Mr. Cunningham's 5th grade class in 1990. He was the type of teacher who leaves a lasting impact on his students throughout their educational careers, and their lives. He made learning fun and nurtured our curiosity. I hope my kids are lucky enough to one day have a teacher like Mr. Cunningham.

My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Sturtevant, their family and friends.

Anna Berke

David was my student teacher for 8 weeks back in 1973. He, early on, displayed a concern for not only teaching well but made a strong connection with the students. He was hired the following year, and we were colleagues from 1974 until I retired in 2000. He indeed put his own pedagogial stamp on the Gates fifth grade curriculum and made his mark as a highly respected member of the Gates faculty. He taught his students the importance of self discipline for their own learning, and his...

Dear Ellen,
All the Heffernan family; Jane, Lee, Julie, Mike, Susie and Tom, are so sorry to hear about Dave. Julie, who was in his class, has such wonderful memories of being is his class. During my time as school nurse he was always so easy to work with.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Heffernans