Norman Cunningham

Obituary of Norman Cunningham

Passed away peacefully on May 25, 2005 at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Norman Richard Cunningham of Strathroy in his 81st year. Loving father to Richard (and Brenda), Daniel (and Fran), Patrick (and Johanne) and Jami (and Lynn). Beloved grandfather to Liam, Colin, Norm, Angie, Katelyn, Jessica and Emily. Great grandfather to Cassandra. He is also survived by his brother Patrick and his sister Winnie. Norm was born in Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan on April 26, 1924. He joined the Canadian Army in 1941 and participated in D-Day, landing on Gold Beach as part of the Canadian Signal Corps, attached to an elite force designed to link communications from England to the Continent. Norm also participated in the freeing of Holland, an endeavor of which he was particularly proud. After the war Norm was active in the militia and retired as a Captain in 1962. He joined Bell Canada as a lineman in 1946, retiring from the career he loved in 1985 as an Associate Engineer. He continued to work as a telecommunications consultant until 1992. Norm was a proud Canadian who served his country with distinction. He was active in the communities in which he lived at the municipal level and passed on his work ethic and belief in fun as a minor league hockey coach. He loved his family and took great comfort in his friends, who were many. Norm approached all things in his own imitable way and always with a sense of humour. He remained to his last days a lover of horses, an aficionado of hockey and a devout Yankees fan. Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 31 from 11 am until 2 pm at the Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe St. W. , Strathroy. A service will be held at the funeral home immediately following with Rev. Fr. Willi Kammerer officiating. All are then welcome to celebrate Norm's life, after services, at the home of Patrick and Johanne Cunningham at 252 Deruiter Dr. in Strathroy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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