Newbury, MA — Stephen W. Cunningham, 60, lifelong resident of Scotland Road in Newbury, passed away suddenly early Thursday morning. Steve was the son of the late Richard and Dorothy Cunningham.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jeanine (Jolotta); daughters, Valerie Farnell and her husband, Gregory, and Megan Cunningham; and son, Richard Cunningham and Jennifer Martin. He also had three beloved grandchildren, Zachary, Lillian and Alexander Farnell, with a fourth grandchild due in May. He also leaves a brother, James Cunningham; sisters, Wilma Buckley and her husband, James, Barbara Rogers, and Alice Cunningham and her husband, Ruy Cardoso; and 16 nieces and nephews.
Steve grew up in a farming family and loved nothing more than working, using his mind and his hands, gardening, and being with his friends and family. He was a 1971 graduate of Newburyport High School, and was a 33-year employee of Merrimack Valley Distributing. In addition to being a loving family man and loyal friend, Steve was an active volunteer with many local organizations. In his 25 years of Scouting, he served as Scoutmaster for Troop 44 Newbury, member of the executive board of the Yankee Clipper Council and the District Committee, member of the activities committee for Yankee Clipper Council, a fixture at countless District Camporees, MassJam, and the National Jamboree to Klondike Derby and Deep Freeze events, focusing on outdoor activities in all weather situations. He was also a holder of the Wood Badge, the highest level of adult training possible in BSA, and a distinguished recipient of the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. Steve was a Deacon at the Old South Church of Newburyport. He loved to travel and took great delight in sharing trips with family members.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. Memorial services will be held on Thursday morning, at 11 a.m., at the Old South United Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal Street, Newburyport. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery, West Newbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, or the Boy Scouts of America, 36 Amesbury Road, Haverhill, MA 01830.