U.S. Army veteran, Avid Red Sox fan


GLOUCESTER — Walter R. Cunningham, 79, husband of Ruth (Amero) Viator Cunningham, of Gloucester, formerly of North Reading, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House.

Born in Boston on March 8, 1935, he was the son of the late Walter F. and Katherine (Foley) Cunningham.

Walter was a graduate of Boston College High School and graduate of Boston University. He loved baseball and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. After high school, Walter had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. Following his discharge, he moved back to Boston and eventually settled in North Reading where he raised his family and enjoyed playing softball.

Walter had worked as a Systems Analyst for General Electric for over 37 years before retiring. While living in Gloucester, Walter enjoyed his daily walks on the boulevard, where he made many friends. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his beloved wife Ruth, he is survived by his children, Jacqueline Broms and her husband David, Rosemarie Cunningham and Scott Cunningham; his grandchildren: Caroline and Michael Broms, Shannon, Nicole and Emily Mulone; step– children, Joseph Viator III, Stan Viator and his wife Paula, Julieann Metcalf and her husband Matt, and Loriann Viator, and several step–grandchildren; his sister Jacqueline Fuller and her husband Robert of Jacksonville Florida; a niece, several nephews and their families.

His funeral was held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Wednesday, October 1, followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church.

The burial was held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester.

Contributions may be made in his name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online condolences,  visit greelyfuneralhome.com.