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Richard E. Cunningham

November 1, 1934 — January 6, 2022

Richard E. Cunningham, 87, of Bethlehem, died on January 6, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 1, 1934 in Elizabeth, NJ; son of the late Charles and Sophie (Stelmasky) Cunningham. Richard is survived by his wife, Ruth (Williams) Richardson Cunningham.

He retired after 37 years of service as a feeder driver for United Parcel Service, attaining 3 million miles of safe driver service. Richard enjoyed the comradery with the other employees.

Richard is lovingly remembered as a kind man who a kindness for both people and animals. He found great peace in his walks near memorial pool where he would greet friends and feed the animals. Richard lived a healthy lifestyle of fitness; he was exercising up to a few days ago. But he will be remembered most for his love of family and spending time together, and his many adventures with his wife Ruth.

He is dearly missed by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Linda Holderried (Charles); Richard E. Cunningham, Jr. (Trish); Michael Cunningham; Joseph Cunningham (Marianne); Mary Ellen Mele (Tony); step daughter, Kerry Henry; brother, Ronald Cunningham (Anna); grandchildren; and great grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Cunningham; daughter, Stephanie Cunningham; son, Douglas Cunningham; step son, Christopher Richards; sister, Lorraine Stannis; brother, Charles Cunningham; and granddaughter, Shannon Cunningham Labella.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Annes Catholic Church, 450 E. Washington Ave. Bethlehem, PA 18017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Animal Health and Welfare, and/or St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital.

Cemetery
Holy Saviour Cemetery
2575 Linden St.
Bethlehem PA 18017
US

Visitation
Monday, January 10, 2022
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Connell Funeral Home, Inc.
245 E. Broad St.
Behtlehem PA 18018
US

Visitation
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Connell Funeral Home, Inc.
245 East Broad St.
Bethlehem PA 18018
US
610-868-8531

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
10:30 AM
St. Anne's Catholic Church
450 Washington Ave.
Bethlehem PA 18017
US

Funeral HomeConnell Funeral Home, Inc.
245 East Broad St.
Bethlehem PA - 18018
US
610-868-8531

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