John F. Cunningham, EM2/c

Served onboard USS RUSH

1947 thru 1951

JohnFCunningham.jpg courtesy of Church & Allen Funeral Home
John F. Cunningham

Recently we received an email message from Ken Downs notifying us of the passing of John Francis Cunningham, father, husband, and former USS William R Rush Shipmate and Rush Association member. John F. Cunningham passed away on Friday, April 13, 2007.

The following obituary was published in the New London, Connecticut newspaper The Day on Sunday, April 15, 2007:

VFWofUS.jgp John Francis Cunningham
1929 - 2007
Uncasville, Connecticut

John Francis Cunningham, 77, of Chestnut Hill Rd., passed away Friday, April 13, 2007 at the Groton Regency.

He was born June 18, 1929 in Cohoes, NY, the son of the late John and Kathleen (Murphy) Cunningham.

He was a highly decorated veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

He married the love of his life Anastasia H. (Vallee) on July 25, 1954 in Troy, NY.

He had worked as an electrician at Electric Boat General Dynamics.

John was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Oakdale, as well as a member of the Montville VFW. He was a communicant of St. Johns Church in Uncasville.

He served as District Head Toastmaster and was the former vice president of the Norwich Jaycees. He was the president of the Montville Wrestling Club as well as a major contributor to the Montville High School Booster Club.

In addition to his wife Anastasia, of 52 years, he is survived by his son John M. Cunningham and wife Terri, by his daughter Mary K. Berry and husband Dwayne Sr., by his sister Patricia Cunningham, by his grandchildren Dwayne B. Berry Jr. and Derek Lawrence Berry, Abrielle and Avaleigh Cunningham, and by several sister and brother in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Richard Cunningham.

Calling hours will be held Monday at the Church and Allen Funeral Home in Norwich from 5 to 8 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at St. Johns Church at 11 am. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Montville.

Memorial donations in John Cunningham’s memory may be made to the Beacon Hospice, c/o Deb Barner and Associates, 12 Roosevelt Avenue Mystic, CT 06355.

The Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. Norwich is entrusted with arrangements.


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