Elmer's Story

MILO - Elmer K. Cunningham, 99, husband of the late Marian (Mayo) Cunningham, passed away March 15, 2015, at Pleasant Meadow Estates in Dover-Foxcroft. He was born March 3, 1916, in Brownville Jct., the son of William and Lida (Wishart) Cunningham.

Elmer was a graduate of Brownville Jct. High School, Class of 1935. He had worked as a carman/carpenter for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad for many years, retiring in 1976. He was also a favorite cook for the wrecking crew, where his apple pies were a big hit. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Brownville Jct. and the Pleasant River Lodge No. 163 AF & AM, Brownville.

Elmer had a wonderful life filled with many adventures. He traveled across the Canadian Provinces with his Canadian cousins finishing with an Alaskan Cruise. He enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska with his son, his grandson and his daughter. There was no need for "fishing tales" because he experienced it all. He went turkey hunting with his son in Missouri at the age of 89. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, shooting a moose with his grandson and lived to see two of his great-grandsons shoot their first moose. He visited Hawaii with his daughter and grandson where he toured the islands in a helicopter. At age 90, he rode in a hot air balloon in New Mexico. He enjoyed cross country skiing at the age of 87. His most enjoyable moments were spent with his family. One of his greatest achievements was receiving his 70 year pin during a ceremony on July 30, 2014 at the Masonic Lodge in Brownville.

Elmer is survived by a son, Richard Cunningham and his wife, Mary, of Riverview, MI; two daughters, Patricia Lyford and her husband, Dennis, of Dover-Foxcroft, and Louise Rhoda and her husband, Stephen, of Milo; a son-in-law, Gerald Brown of Milo; a sister-in-law, Patricia Cunningham; 7 grandchildren, Mark Lewis-Brown and Keith, Gary Brown and Ben Bower, Matthew Brown and Christy, James Cunningham, Michael Lyford and Kristi, Michelle Bryer and Rodney, Christopher Rhoda and Erica; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; several special nieces and nephews and many Canadian cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Marylee Brown; 4 brothers, Gordon, Jack, Billy and Wallace Cunningham; a sister, Nellie Gerrish; a grandson, Scott Brown; and an infant great-granddaughter, Minnie Rhoda.

Friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with Masonic services said at 7pm. Funeral services will be conducted 10am Friday, March 20, at the funeral home, with Deacon Robert Landry officiating. After the service all are invited to share fellowship and memories at the Pleasant Park Community Center, Park Street, Milo. Burial will be in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, in the spring.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to either Pine Tree Hospice, 883 W Main St, Dover-Foxcroft 04426, or to Heartwise, 897 W Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft 04426. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
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