Robert T. Cunningham
1972 - 2017
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Robert Thomas Cunningham, 44, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Plymouth, on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Rob is survived by his wife Jennifer (Lowder) Cunningham, his children Casey Marie and Robert Declan of Plymouth, his parents, Robert and Patricia Cunningham of Abington, Mass., siblings Kathleen Gajewski and Mike of Whitman, Mass., Jennifer Dongarra and Chris of Merrimack, N.H., John Cunningham and Kerry (Sweeney) of Bradford, Mass., brother-in-law Michael Lowder and Tonya of Hopewell, Va. Rob was also loved by many adoring nieces and nephews, John, Alexandra, Ty, Sabrina, Colt, Dylan and Race, many aunts, uncles, a bazillion cousins and countless friends. Rob grew up in Abington. He was a graduate of BC High and became a double eagle when he graduated from Boston College in 1994 with a degree in Political Science. We all thought that and a quarter would buy him a cup of coffee, but it turns out we were wrong. Robs love for politics was undeniable. Whether you were at the dinner table or at the state house with him, Rob always made his opinion known. Rob served on many town committees, finance committees, and local and state campaigns. In 2013, Rob was honored to become the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Republican Party, later going on to become the Director of the Department of Unemployment Assistance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Robs service and dedication to others didnt end at 5. Rob was proud to be an eagle scout and volunteered much of his time to the Boy Scouts in both Abington and Plymouth. Rob loved life. He enjoyed going to Pats games, traveling with his family and making people laugh whenever he could. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an account set up for Robs children, The Cunningham Family Fund at Abington Bank, 6 Harrison Ave., PO Box 68, Abington, MA 02351. Funeral from the Quealy & Son Funeral Home, 116 Adams Street, Abington Thursday, March 23, at 8 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Bridget Church, Abington 9 a.m. Visitation Wednesday, March 22 ,from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interment will be private. For directions and online guest book www.quealyandson.com.

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Published in The Enterprise on Mar. 18, 2017.
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March 12, 2020
I still cant believe youre not with us. See you anon my friend.
Timothy Shyne
April 12, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences. May you please find comfort in the powerful words written in the bible for our comfort during these heartbreaking days, and moments. Matthew 5:4 reads.. "Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted."
J. Hodge
March 29, 2017
Jen,
I'm so sorry to hear about your brother.
He was always a gentleman even as a kid!
With peace, Erin
Erin Hannigan Camara
March 29, 2017
Jen,
I'm so sorry to hear about your brother.
He was always a gentleman even as kids.
Peace to your whole family,
Erin Hannigan Camara
-Abington, MA
March 22, 2017
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Charles Gathungu
March 22, 2017
Charles Gathungu
March 22, 2017
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
March 22, 2017
Rob was a smart guy and genuinely nice. I never saw him upset, always pleasant. He lived the Jesuit creed as a "Man for Others". Thoughts and prayers are with the Cunningham family.
Jay Robinson
B.C. High '91
BC '95
Jay Robinson
March 22, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Robbie, and the Cunningham family.
Dana Olson
March 22, 2017
To the Cunningham Family,
In this dark moment, allow for the memories of Rob to wash over you and provide some comfort. You should also notice the consistency of comments and impact that Rob has had with each of us. Dedicated. Committed. Consitent. Caring. These qualities were on display at work and at home.
I have only known Rob a few years, but was glad we connected at work and am happy to call him a friend.

Tom Waye, Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
March 22, 2017
Sending our condolences, will always remember how much fun we had at the family reunions. Our thoughts and prayers to Rob's wife and beautiful family.
Tracy Cavalieri
March 21, 2017
To the Cunningham Family

So sorry for your loss. I met Rob when he ran Tim Cruz's campaign years ago. Once you met Rob, you never forgot him. Politics was Rob's second language. His political instincts were the stuff of legend. As good as he was at his jobs, he was an even better dad.
Scott Peterson
March 21, 2017
I'm deeply sorry for your loss, Cunnigham Family. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

David Burnes
BC High '92
BC '96
David Burnes
March 21, 2017
My love and great sympathy to Jen, Casey, little Robbie, Pat, Bob, Kate, Jennie, John, Mike, Chris, Kerry, John, Alex, Ty, Bri, Colt etc. My heart breaks for all of you..
It will be impossible to forget someone who gave us so much to remember. Hoping your love and laughter can get you through the days ahead. xo
Pam Nawrocki
Pam Nawrocki
March 21, 2017
I'll always remember Rob for his smile and optimism. No challenge was too great to overcome. He was a pleasure to work with and will truly be missed. Deepest sympathy and prayers to his family. May he Rest In Peace.
Jill Liberatore
March 20, 2017
"The ocean tide recedes,
left behind are shells in the sand.
The setting sun goes down,
but warmth still lingers in the land.
The sound of music stops,
but still echoes of sweet refrains.
For all joy that passes,
something beautiful still remains."

It's difficult to forget someone who gave us so much to remember. My sympathy to the family.

-John Archy, Jr. (Abington & BC High)
John Archy, Jr.
Classmate
March 20, 2017
He was a big shining light returning to the biggest light: the creator. Condolences to the family and friends.
Ketty Malary-Jean
Coworker
March 20, 2017
My deepest condolences on your loss, my prayers for Robert and his family.

May God give you the strength in these times.

He came to lead DWD a couple of years ago and gave his work a personal touch. He went around talking to everyone on the floor.
He will be missed!!!
rodolfo aguilar
Coworker
March 20, 2017
This is one grief that can not be explained. I know because I lost 2 family members last year.
I can never say that I feel your pain but I understand it and I know that God will show a way to everyone affected by the loss of his presence how to cope.
We are all visitors of earth our destination is always heaven, may the gates of heaven open very wide for him to get in and to live eternally.

Ketty Malary-Jean
DUA
Ketty Malary-Jean
March 20, 2017
I wish to express my deepest condolences to the Cunningham family.
Frank Weymouth
March 19, 2017
My thoughts and prayer are with the Cunningham family! Rob was a great man, exceptional leader! He will be forever missed at DUA, Rest In Peace Rob!! ❤Karen Yeretsian
March 19, 2017
Very sorry for your loss Cunningham family and friends of Rob.
Lisa Ann Douglass
March 19, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the Cunningham family. What a great guy, he will be forever missed at the DUA, job well done. Rest in Peace.
Lillian Haygood
March 18, 2017
Mike Kujawski
March 18, 2017
Dear Bob Cunningham, Sr. You were always a tower of strength and purveyor of wisdom over coffee in the DTA kitchen. From the depths of my heart, I am sorry for your family's loss and want to remind you of one of your messages to me God never gives us more than we can bear. Have faith Bob; For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Vonda Powell
March 18, 2017
I was very sorry here about your loss. Please remember me to Robbie (Charlie)

Mrs callahan
March 18, 2017
Great guy!
Sorry for your loss.
Tim Shyne
March 18, 2017
My deepest most sincerest condolences... In the short time I know him, he was compassionate, charismatic and genuinely a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Mehreen Hassan
March 18, 2017
I am so sorry to here about the sudden passing of Rob. My son was involved in Troop 41 of Abington with Rob. I remember him always being so happy and pleasant. Cherish the memories.
Judy Wolf
March 17, 2017
One of the smartest, most charismatic men I've ever met! It was a pleasure to work with Rob--my deepest sympathy and prayers to his wife, children, family and Comm. of MA/DUA co-workers!! He will truly be missed♥♥♥
Kristen Santos, USDOL, Boston
Kristen Santos
Coworker
March 17, 2017
I am so sorry I am out of state the day of the services and will not be there to share memories and bid farewell to a great colleague and friend. His loss will be profound.
Sen. Lucile Hicks
Friend
March 17, 2017
Heaven's gain is our loss. I so enjoyed talking with and working with Rob - his enthusiasm and drive were enviable. My heartfelt sympathy go to his family, friends and coworkers, all of those that were touched by this special man.
Dianne Carpenter
Coworker
March 17, 2017
I am deeply sorry for your loss. He will be missed.
Jane Swift
Coworker
March 17, 2017
Rob was a strong self driven and full of life Director. He made sure he remembered every body's family story and enjoyed to talk about his daughter and son. Most recently his Disney trip. He was a dedicated worker, and sought perfection in government. There is a hole here at Labor and Workforce Development. Thank you Rob for the professional Guidance.May the almighty bless your soul. Know that he will be missed by all of us -
Male' Kamya
Coworker
March 17, 2017
It is impossible to adequately express my sincere sympathy at this most difficult time.

I worked with Rob at DUA. Therefore, I feel that we have lost a very strong leader and fellow co-worker.

My deepest sympathies to your family.
Beth Goguen
Coworker
March 17, 2017
My heart and prayers go out to Mr. Cunningham's wife, daughter and son during this most difficult time. I, too, lost my father at a young age, and I can relate to the pain and sorrow his family must be going through right now. The last time I saw Mr. Cunningham was on Friday, 03/10/2017, at the "Call Center." He looked cheerful as he talked to staff members. I said "hello" as he briefly passed by me, he smiled and said "hello" back. Little did we know then that he would leave us so suddenly and sadly less than a week later. Life is so precious. Mr. Cunningham: May you rejoice in the Lord's love and eternal light. Rest in peace.
Nelson DUA
Coworker
March 17, 2017
Cunningham Family:

My deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts/prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Georgia Patu
DUA
Georgia Patu
Coworker
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