HAMPDEN - Peter Aloysius Cunningham left our presence early in the morning of Saturday, March 28th 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. He was a man of great wealth. Fortune is counted by the family you hold dear, the friends you keep close, and the laughter that you have shared with them.
He was born the day after Christmas in 1960 in Dover, Delaware, to Philip W. and Hope A. Cunningham, because he was a man of impeccable timing and restraint, and did not want to overshadow the holiday festivities with his own mighty birth.
His folks had the good sense to move back to Maine and so he grew up in Waldo, and graduated from Mount View High School in 1978. He went on to graduate from Husson College with a degree in Business Management. His career culminated with a long-held position at Affiliated Healthcare as Computer Guru. Those will be tall waders to fill. He tied his own flies, you know. He imparted to his boys a love for the outdoors, whether it be ice fishing, or hunting, or the art of fly fishing.
His mother Hope, of Waldo survives him, as do his wife Pam outdusis (a master craftsperson of worldwide renown), son Jacob Aloysius (a professional fisherman and artist) and son Henry Philip (young fly-fisherman in training, and also a computer guru) of Hampden.
He will be deeply missed by his sister Catherine and her husband Len Reno of Yarmouth Port Massachusetts, brother Gregory Cunningham of Newburgh, brother Robert and his wife Louise of Veazie, and his sister Julie and her husband Joseph Cyr of Searsmont, along with many nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts and cousins.
He was pre-deceased by his father Philip and brother Anthony, rest in peace.
His list of friends is even more extensive. Bill Blood, Andrew Dalton, Barney Al Morrill, Patrick Layne, Charlie Cox, Mel Lang, Dave Pilotte, Jeff Veilleux, Jimmy Sanders,...the list goes on...
[Words from Pam]
"Peter Aloysius, Thank you for everything!
You are my best friend and I am going to miss you so much!
I love you forever and for always"
[Words from Jacob]
"In life you won't find many friends like I was fortunate to find in my father and through him as well. I'm so grateful that I was able to have a quality relationship with him. Although he may be gone, and so suddenly, I take pride in knowing that through my family, our friends, and I, he will always live on in our hearts and memories.
I LOVE YOU PAPA"
[Words from Henry]
"I LOVE YOU PAPA
Friday, March 27th
The Day my father survived.
Saturday March 28th
The Day my father lived.
The Day my father thrived,
In another world."
There will be a gathering to commemorate and share tales about this great man on April 2, 2015 12-4pm at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden.
Those who wish to remember Pete in a special way, please consider offering a donation to the Penobscot Fly Fishers, P.O. Box 651, Brewer, ME, 04412. If you knew Pete, you know that he would have loved that idea. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.