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Robert Fritz Cunningham, Longtime Somers Resident, Dies at 76

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Purdys United Methodist Church of North Salem or Somers Volunteer Fire Department.

Robert Fritz Cunningham passed away on Monday, Dec. 3 at home. He was 76.

Fritz was born on Oct. 31, 1936 in Johnstown, PA, and spent his childhood in the nearby town of New Florence. For more than 43 years, he lived in Somers with his wife Helen (Lunetta) Cunningham.

The man studied engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, later receiving a Masters in Engineering at Northeastern University. After working with major corporations including Bethlehem Steel, he became president of his own company, Cunningham Marine Hydraulics, Inc., which he operated for more than 30 years. He also retired as a Lt. Commander in the Naval Reserves.

A man of exceptional kindness and patience, Fritz was as well-liked for his easy-going sense of humor as he was for his unwavering generosity. In addition to his wife of more than 50 years, he is survived by his children: Robert F. “Bo” Cunningham, Jr. of Buffalo, NY, Glen Cunningham of Somers, NY, Jennifer Shaw of Shenorock, NY, and Dale Cunningham of White Plains, NY; and his sibling, William Cunningham of Greensburg, PA. Fritz was also beloved grandfather to eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Purdys United Methodist Church of North Salem or Somers Volunteer Fire Department.

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