WALDO – Tech. Sgt. Philip W. Cunningham, retired, passed away March 22, 2013, at his winter home in Zephryhills, Fla. He was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Belfast, to James and Edith Cunningham.
Phil was a wonderful husband, dad, grampi, father-in-law and friend to so many. He coached Little League and was a Boy Scout leader. His love for ham radio was foremost in his life. He had made contact all throughout the world. Phil was also a dear friend for more than 36 years to Bill W. He will be missed by his many friends. Phil joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 where he retired after 20 years. He and his wife, Hope, traveled many miles and raised their family. After retirement he went to work at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. He retired from there in 1986, and he and Hope bought a motorhome and traveled the next 10 years throughout the entire U.S. They then retired as “snow birds” to Zephryhills, Fla., but when Phil knew the snow was gone he had to head “home” to Waldo. Phil was a life member of Norman N. Dow Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Bangor; American Legion, Brooks; and Disabled American Veterans of Maine.
Phil is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hope; daughter, Catherine and husband, Len Reno, and two children, Robert and Kasey, of Yarmouthport, Mass.; son, Robert and wife, Louise Cunningham, and children, Luke and Catherine, of Veazie; son, Gregory Cunningham of Newburgh; son, Peter and wife Pam Cunningham, and children, Jacob and Henry, of Hampden; and daughter, Julie and husband, Joe Cyr, and children, Jessica and husband, Nick Stasulas, and daughter, Harper Monroe, of Farmingdale, and Corey and wife, Ashley Cyr, of Waldo. He also leaves a grandson, Joshua Cunningham of Belfast. He was predeceased by a son, Anthony; parents; two brothers and a sister.
A gathering for friends and family will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Waldo Town Hall, Route 131, Waldo. He will be buried this summer in Augusta. Donations may be made to one’s choice.