Robert P. Cunningham

Robert P. Cun­ningham, Jr. 79, of New Philadelphia, died on Monday, September 26, 2016 in Arden Courts of Bath following a period of declining health.

A son of the late Robert P. Cunningham, Sr. and the late Mary (Wardley) Cunningham, Robert was born June 17, 1937 at Bos­ton, Massachusetts.

Robert grew up in Farmington, Connecticut and was a 1955 graduate of Farmington High School. Following graduation, he served in the United States Air Force. Dur­ing his military service, Robert was stationed in Berlin, Germany, where he served as a Cryptogra­pher.

He attended the Univer­sity of Maryland as well as Northeastern University at Boston. Robert was a decorated Advertising Ex­ecutive in the Cleveland, Ohio area for many years. Throughout his career, he traveled the world and ultimately retired from Digital Equipment Corpo­ration.

Robert was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd while living in Nashua, New Hampshire and was also a member of the Wil­ton Photography Club. He enjoyed the outdoors and was especially fond of camping, hiking and cross country skiing. Rob­ert had a true love for the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and he enjoyed random drives through the New Hamp­shire countryside as well as the Amish communi­ties in Ohio. As a young boy, he summered in West Bath, Maine, and he con­tinued the tradition into his adult years.

He loved his dogs and enjoyed taking them on walks. Being a true New Englander, Robert had a passion for lobster, clam chowder and the Red Sox as well as a good bowl of ice cream. Robert also enjoyed building models such as airplanes, guns and radios.

Most of all, Robert was a true friend who thor­oughly enjoyed the many relationships he built throughout his lifetime.

He is survived by his lov­ing wife and best friend, Patsy (Curry) Cunningham whom he married on June 17, 1972; his children, Rob­ert (Gwynne) Cunningham of Caldwell, Ohio, Sharon (Jim) O’Donnell of Bay Vil­lage, Ohio, Thomas (Mar­jean) Cunningham of New Philadelphia and John (Tami) Cunningham of Co­lumbus, Ohio; his grand­children, Ayron, Briana, Ryan, Alicia, Eric, Mat­thew, Benjamin, Michae­la and Logan; his great grandchildren, Lincoln, Kadence, Josiah, Samara, Kali, Grady and Maylee; a sister, Janet (Steve) Beck­er of Connecticut and his nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Worden.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Geib Funeral Cen­ter at Dover. A service celebrating Robert’s life will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the funeral home with his son, Pastor Thomas Cunningham officiating. A light reception will follow in the Hospital­ity Room in the funeral home.

Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remem­brance of Robert by visit­ing the funeral home web­site, www.geibcares.com.

Contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to Crossroad’s Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite E, Green, OH 44685 or to a charity of one’s choice.