Donald Harvey Cunningham

Born: Fri., Jan. 18, 1946
Died: Fri., Sep. 7, 2018


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 10, 2018
Location: Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Sep. 11, 2018
Location: Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home

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Donald Harvey Cunningham, 72 years, of Port Deposit, MD, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at home. Born January 18, 1946 in Elkton, MD, he was the son of the late Donald, Sr., and Rose Perkins Cunningham.  

Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Vietnam War. He is retired from the V.A. Medical Center of Perry Point, MD, where he retired after 32 years of service as a firefighter.

Donald was a member of the American Legion Post No. 194 of Rising Sun, MD, the Susquehanna American Legion Post No. 135 of Perryville, MD, the Jerry Skrivanek V.F.W. Post No. 8185 of Port Deposit, MD, where he served as Quarter Master. In addition Donald served as Past Maryland State Commander and Past District Commander. He served on the Port Deposit Council and was an assistant to the former Mayor Erma M. Keetley of Port Deposit, MD. For several years Donald was the head cook at the Citizens Care Center of Havre de Grace, MD.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Susie L. Cunningham of Port Deposit, MD; daughters, Michelle Riale and Connie Arigo; five grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Lay “Katie”, Nicholas James Vincenti, Ashley, Cody and Brandon; brother, Frank Cunningham; sisters, Rosemary Seward and Nancy Cunningham Brown.

Donald was preceded in death by his son, Paul Dorsey Gordon, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jerry Skrivanek V.F.W. Post No. 8185 of Port Deposit, MD, or the Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit, MD, both in care of Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, P.A., P.O. Box 766, Perryville, MD 21903-0766.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11 AM, at the Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, P.A., of Perryville, MD. Visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, September 10, 2018, 7 PM until 9 PM, at the funeral home. Michael Slayman of Conowingo, MD, will officiate. Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Port Deposit, MD.

Arrangements By Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, P.A., Perryville, MD

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Kelly A Leister
   Posted Sat September 08, 2018
When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven to watch over us. I'm sure Harvey's wings are grand, for all the good he did while here on earth. It was an honor and a privilege to work with and know such a kind and loving person. He will truly be missed and forever be remembered with fondest memories.

Ernie Little
   Posted Sat September 08, 2018
Harvey was an excellent supervisor and friend, he loved his family, community, and country. Rest in peace my friend.

Irma Nichols
   Posted Sat September 08, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Cunningham family. His contributions to the community were very much appreciated by all, and I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him..

Brenda Alexander
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I was honored to have known Harvey. He will be sorely missed.

JoAnne Bierly
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
Dear Suzy and family,

VFW Post 8185 lost its "heart" when you lost Harvey. He meant so much to so many in the community and he was treasured by both the VFW Post 8185 and by the Water Witch Fire Company.

Rick and I are very sorry for your loss.
JoAnne Bierly, Port Deposit

Tiffany Daniel
   Posted Mon September 10, 2018
It is with deepest heart felt sympathy that I add this post. My prayers are with my fallen Comrade and his family. Blessings,
Chaplain Daniel

April Henise
   Posted Tue September 11, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Susie and his family. I had the honor of knowing Harvey and working for him at the VFW, he was a great man, I loved his stories about Port Deposit back in the day... Everyone loves Harvey and Susuie.. He will be missed and left great memories for alot of people.So sorry

Nancy Lee August, VFW Dept. of MD Secretary
   Posted Tue September 11, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Cunningham Family. He will be missed here at the VFW Dept. Office,were he was the Quatermaster for the past 3 years.
As the Dept. Secretary for the past 3 years also, I will miss your smileing face and remember the memories we had.
Rest in Peace Harvey.

Matthew Boyd III
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
You have lost someone who has touched the lives of so many and will be deeply missed. Continue to hold on to family and friends for they will bring you comfort . Hold on to your inner strength, for it will bring you hope!

Chaplain Matthew Boyd III
VFW District 2

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