FORT MYERS, FL- Timothy Burns “Captain Tim” Cunningham, 72, died in peace on May 14. He was former husband and cherished friend of Virginia A. Cunningham, and dear friend and longtime companion of Tina Prescott.
Mr. Cunningham was a loving father to his children Laura, Rebecca, Timothy, Frances, Sharon, Anne, Daniel, Christopher, David, Gigi, Maria, and Julie. Tim was also a proud grandfather to Nick, Trey, Stevie, Mac, Sammy, Bailey, Robyn, Cole, Casey, Brady, Alex, Garrett, Val, Hudson, Camryn, Scarlett, Colton, Cecilia, Eleanor, Lucas, Ruby, and Benjamin.
Mr. Cunningham was a brother to Maureen, Dennis, and Peter, who survive, and is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends who will sadly miss him. Mr. Cunningham will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a hardworking, self-taught, loving father and grandfather who was captain of many sailing vessels over his lifetime. He was an excellent trumpet player who enjoyed singing and listening to opera, jazz, big band music, and Kenny G. He was a world-traveling, motorcycle-riding, former chef who loved practical jokes and the sun. Mr. Cunningham had an aversion to wearing socks, was a certified scuba instructor, and loved fishing. He served his country proudly, having joined the Army after graduating from high school; continued his career as a defense contractor: and retired doing what he loved, sailing on the ocean.
Mr. Cunningham was a simple man, with a strong faith in the Catholic Church, who was a good friend to all and was always a man who would give his shirt for a friend.
Funeral services were held at Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, in Massachusetts, on Wednesday, May 22, followed by a burial service at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. A reception followed.
In lieu of flowers his family requests donations to Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center at sovtrc.org/donate-now.html or call (802) 221-4409. Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center has been instrumental in helping with the growth and development of his grandson, Alex.