Charles (Charlie) Edward Cunningham
Charles (Charlie) Edward Cunningham, 85, a resident of North Fort Myers, FL for the past six years, formerly of College Point, NY, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born August 21, 1936 in College Point to Frederick and Eleanor Cunningham, now deceased.
Charlie was of the Christian faith. He was employed at Queens Transit Corp (MTA) at the College Point Depot for 37 years retiring in 1998. He joined the Flushing Bay Yacht Club in the early 1970’s when he decided to purchase his first boat, embarking on years of cherished memories and newfound friends and journeys. Some years later he joined the Williamsburgh Yacht Club and went on to become the Commodore there, and lastly was a member of the Skyline Marina before moving to Florida. He also was a dedicated associate member of the VFW # 885, in College Point where he frequently bartended and volunteered his services for events there, such as cooking for St. Patrick’s Day.
Charlie was larger than life! He was funny, generous, loyal and loved deeply. His upbeat personality had him with friends of all ages. He could tell a story that would reel you in and have you holding on to the end in awe. Music was such an important part of his life, and it surrounded the house every day and crossed over into many genres.
The void that is left behind will be felt by all who knew and loved him. He lived a full life, on his terms with all the love and laughter that surrounded him.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Marie Cunningham of North Fort Myers; five loving children, Susan Salvagio (Peter) of Cape Coral, Debra Paradiso (Eddie) of Cape Coral, Gail Ciecirski (Wayne) of Cape Coral, Dawn Brannigan (Patrick) of Cape Coral, and Charlie Cunningham, Jr. of Orofino, ID; sister, Arlene Bowen of Winchester, VA; eleven grandchildren; as well as fifteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Charlie was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Alyssa Brannigan.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 AM – 2:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the Del Tura Clubhouse, Starlight Room, 18621 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33903.
Memorial Contributions in memory of Charles Edward Cunningham are suggested to St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.