Cunningham, Donald Thomas

Born: Jun 25, 1931
Died: Jun 11, 2017


Cunningham, Donald Thomas
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday, June 11, 2017.  Don was born June 25, 1931 in Owen Sound.
Beloved husband to Ferne (Forbeck) Cunningham with whom he married on October 20, 1956.  Devoted father to Cindy and James Robb, Judy and John MacLachlan and Patti and Mark Fawcett.  Cherished grandfather to; Steven, Craig, Rebecca, Brittany, Brooke, Andrew, Kelly, Laura, Elle, Ed, Brooks and Brett.  He will be missed by his brothers Glenn, Bob, Dick, Ken, Ted, Jack and Jim.  Don was predeceased by his brother Archie and his sister Lorraine. 
Don met his challenges with a positive attitude, determination and a sense of humour.  His kind, generous spirit made everyone feel loved.
At Dons’ request, there will be no funeral service.  A private family interment will take place at Gods Holy Acre, Stratford.  A special thank you to Dr. Anne Martin, Care Partners and One Care.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to St. Peters Lutheran Church, Canadian Cancer Society, Care Partners or One Care.
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Condolence from Bev and Ann Simpson sent on June 16, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. You were blessed to have had many wonderful years together. Cherish the memories.

Condolence from Alex and Susan Shivas sent on June 15, 2017

Dear Aunt Ferne and family: our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Uncle Don was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour. He will be missed! Love Alex and Susan

Condolence from Alex and Susan Shivas sent on June 15, 2017

Dear Aunt Ferne and family: our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Uncle Don was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour. He will be missed! Love Alex and Susan

Condolence from Paul Schiebel sent on June 14, 2017

Dear Ferne, Cindy, Judy, Patti,

So sorry to hear about Don. “Positive attitude” and “sense of humor” are exactly what I noticed when I first met him. Quick with a kind hello, usually followed by a light joke – that’s the Don I knew. We’ll miss him too. Deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers for you all at this saddest of times.

Marna and Paul

Condolence from Larry and Hilda Wainwright sent on June 14, 2017

Ferne, Cindy, Judy, Patti and families,
We are so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. It means we will cherish even more the wonderful memories of the times we spent together not only in Stratford but Bayfield and Lakeland Florida. Hilda and I were honoured and priveledged to be able to share in the 60 years of marriage celebration. Don is no longer physically in our presence but will always be in our memories and forever in our hearts. Farewell Don, thanks for the honour of calling you friend.
Larry and Hilda

Condolence from Elva and Ann Forbeck sent on June 14, 2017

Dear Aunt Ferne, Cindy & Duff, Judy & John, Patti & Mark and all your families. How blessed we all have been to have had our lives touched in many memorable and wonderfully special ways by Uncle Don. Uncle Don was a marvellous example of strength, courage, hope and faith. He truly inspired. His memories of all your family events were so chyrstal clear as he recalled them, showing how very special and important each moment was to him with all of you and us… May the tide that recedes leave behind bright seashells on the sand. May you feel his gentle warmth still linger on the land. And may the echoes of his life remain in sweet refrain. God’s strength, grace and love surround you all. We can only imagine how wonderful the reunion of family and friends is for Uncle Don now “upstairs” …. With love and prayers, Elva and Ann ox ox

Condolence from Jack Cunningham, Andy and Trina Cunningham sent on June 14, 2017

Dear Ferne,Cindy, Judy and Patti, please know that we are thinking of you. Don will always be remembered with deep fondness by us and will be missed.

Condolence from Bill and Ednah Cunningham sent on June 13, 2017

ALL my memories of our Uncle Don are good ones. It was clear to me that Dad was always very happy when his brother Don was visiting as Don brought out the best. Our sincere condolences to Aunt Ferne, Cindy, Judy, Patti and all of the family. God bless

Condolence from Tim and Su Cunningham sent on June 13, 2017

Very sorry to learn about our uncle Don’s passing. We always enjoyed our time with him and his family. I know he will be greatly missed by everyone.

Condolence from Jim Allen and Shelley Hewson sent on June 13, 2017

All my deepest condolences to Judy , Ferne and family. Don was such a fantastic person and will not be forgotten

Condolence from Shirley Gilpin sent on June 13, 2017

Sending my sincere condolences to the whole family. Uncle Don was a sweet, funny man and I am sure will be missed by Ferne , the girls and all his grandchildren.
Rest in Peace Uncle Don…you were loved.

Condolence from Lyle and Susan Rozendal sent on June 13, 2017

Dear Fern, and family, you have our deepest sympathy, treasure the memories,with your wonderful,husband,father and grandfather, love Lyle and Susan xox