James A. “Skip” Cunningham

November 27, 1939 ‒ February 11, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

James A. “Skip” Cunningham passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was 78.

He was born November 27, 1939 in Akron to James & Elizabeth (Gerstmar) Cunningham. After Skip graduated from Akron South High School with the class of 1958, Skip served his country in the United States Army.  He later began working for General Motors in the Terex Plant in Hudson then the Ontario plant and retired in 2000 after 40 years.

After retirement Skip enjoyed spending time in the local libraries reading the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, always studying the stock market. He took great pleasure in golfing, working out at the YMCA, and spending time with his grandchildren. In addition, he was an avid sports fan spending many hours watching and cheering on the Indians, Cavaliers, and Ohio State.

Skip is survived by his wife of 44 years Cecelia Cunningham of Lexington; three daughters Anne Cunningham of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Julie (John) Sereque of Lexington, South Carolina, Kara (Jason) Rizzo of Galena, Ohio; five grandchildren Katherine and Benjamin Rizzo, William, Andrew, and Cecelia Sereque; brother Ronald Cunningham of Sun City Center, Florida; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both parents, James and Elizabeth Cunningham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Skip’s memory to the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library or the Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.

Family and friends may call from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 pm with Celebrant Dave Roberts speaking.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Skip’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at Snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • James A.”Skip” Cunningham.
    Akron South H.S. Class of 1958.
    United States Army Veteran.
    Retired General Motors in 2000,after 40 years.

    God Bless and Thank YOU, Skip for your service…RIP… And Semper Fi.. Soldier.

  • Mrs. Cunningham, Anne, Julie, and Kara,
    My deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Peace and love to you all. May God enfold you all in His arms and give you strength through the difficult times that you will face. Memories are such wonderful things to cherish. Relive them often, they do help ease the sorrow. God bless—Tonya

  • Skip will always be remembered as a part of the Moriarty family. He leaves to love and to cherish his lovely family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap his arms around you and help you to remember the special moments.

  • I am so sorry for your loss- I remember your dad at sporting events, always full of positive energy and smiles. Take comfort in your memories and happy times together, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Dear Cece and “girls”,

    We remember, with joy, our visits with you when we were in Akron visiting my parents. I think I really got to know Skip, my cousin, then. I am so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers will go with you especially during the next few weeks.

    Kathy and Wayne Hoffman

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Miss seeing Skip walking the neighborhood. Always enjoyed talking to him when he would stop when I was out. Prayers are thoughts are with you. Cecil and Debra Potter

  • Dear Cece, Anne, Julie, and Kara.

    Our love and prayers as you remember the life and love of your dear husband and dad. We cherish the times when we cousins were together at various times. Skip had a great life with family, friendships, and reading interests. May God’s grace and peace be with you.

  • Cece and Family;
    Although I had short and infrequent encounters with Skip through the years he always had a big smile and warm welcome waiting with his outstretched hand.
    I will always feel lucky to have met him and will try to be as happy to see others as he made me and I am sure others feel.
    God Bless you all and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • May God’s strength be with you all. Skip was a great cousin who was always there for whatever was needed. He will be missed. He dearly loved Cece and his girls and their families. Our prayers are for strength and peace. May happy memories bring comfort.

  • Cecelia, Anne, Cara and Julie,
    I was truly sorry to hear of Skip’s passing. He was a wonderful husband and father and I am sure a super grandfather. He will truly be missed by many people whose lives he touched.

  • Anne,
    I will always remember your dad as a kind and patient man. He was my very first coach. I recall him as having been exceedingly tolerant of the many Saturdays that his home was overrun by neighborhood girls roller skating in the basement. My deepest sympathies for you and your whole family…