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Obituary: Robert Cunningham, 82

Jan 16, 2016 06:00PM ● By Bill Gilman

Robert Cunningham, 82

 TEWKSBURY: Robert Cunningham, age 82, a resident of Tewksbury for the past 12 years, formerly of Billerica, passed away at the West Roxbury V.A. Medical Center on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

He was the much loved husband of the late Louise (Powers) Cunningham.

Born in Medford on August 22, 1933, he was the son of the late Henry Cunningham and the late Grace (Adam) Cunningham.

Robert was raised in Medford, attended Medford schools, and graduated from Medford High School.

In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.

He was awarded several decorations for his active duty service including the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Occupation of Germany Medal.

Robert worked for 36 years at Wang Laboratories in Lowell as the Director of Shows and Events until retiring in 1995. Following his years at Wang, he worked at the O’Connor Hardwar Store in Billerica for 20 years.

In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf, traveling, vacationing in Maine and camping.

He is survived by five children, Karen-Anne Tenney and her husband David, Diane M. Cunnigham and her partner Laura Fillinger, Elaine M. Tellier, Karen A. Manning and her husband Theodore, Susan R. Melanson and her husband Joseph. He also leaves eleven grandchildren.

Robert was the father of the late Harold “Joseph” LeClair, III and was pre-deceased by two brothers and one sister.

Calling hours are Sunday, Jan. 17, from 4-7 p.m., at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. Prayer services will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Kindly Omit Flowers. Donations in his memory may be made to the West Roxbury V.A. Medical Center, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

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