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Ronald David Cunningham


RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 29 Mar 1934, Guelph, Ontario


Died: 11 Jul 2021, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


CUNNINGHAM, Ronald David - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ronald David Cunningham, 87 of Middle Sackville, on July 11, 2021 at the Dartmouth General Hospital, surrounded by loved ones.


Ron was the son of the late Florence (Lillie) and David Cunningham, born on March 29, 1934 in Guelph Ontario. At age 19, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and spent much of his 31 year career stationed at Stadacona and then Shearwater, serving aboard HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS IROQUOIS, and HMCS PRESERVER among other vessels. Since then, Ron enjoyed a long retirement and especially loved his time spent in the company of friends and family at his camp in Ellershouse.


Ron was deeply loved and he will be forever missed by his wife of 29 years, Fay (nee Reid); children Susan and David; stepchildren Raymond Beaver (Heidi), Charlotte Hill (Jonathan), Sandra Cruickshanks, Charles Beaver (Lori), Donnie ďRickyĒ Chisholm, Lynda Wilneff, Wendy Chisholm-Provencher (Jacques) and Dale Chisolm (Trish); sister Edythe Mann (Norbert) of Calgary; sister-in-law Kathleen Reid; brother-in-law Paris Reid; stepdaughter-in-law Beth Chisholm; stepson-in-law Steven Cruickshanks, niece Tracy Mann, and nephew David Mann. Ronís many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were always a special joy to him and he was so very proud of each of them. Grampy will be lovingly remembered by John Cunningham, Chris Cunningham, Zachary Hill, Chelsea Hill Bagnall, Jessica Cruickshanks, Rebecca Cruickshanks, Stephanie Cruickshanks, Jameson Beaver, Nicholas Beaver, Asia Beaver, Nancy Chisholm, Donnie Chisholm, Ryan Wilneff, Devin Wilneff, Danielle Awudu, Andre Provencher, Jessica Chisholm and Jenna Chisholm.


Ron was predeceased by his first wife Mary, second wife Geraldine, Stepsons Michael Chisholm and David Chisholm, as well as by several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.


Thank you to Ronís Palliative Care Nurse, Barb, VON, and the staff at Dartmouth General Hospital- with special thanks to Dr. Scott MacDonald in the Emergency Department and Kaity on 4 East for their kindness and compassion. A celebration of Ronís life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association of Canada. (Atlantic Funeral Home)


Ships served in:


HMCS IROQUOIS - it is not know if he served in IROQUOIS 1st or 2nd of name




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