James Lloyd Cunningham, 71

Jul 16, 2012

James Lloyd Cunningham, 71, passed away July 13, 2012, in Belfast after several years of declining health. Jim was born in Camden Feb. 18, 1941, a son of Bertrand and Shirley (Gray) Cunningham.

On Aug. 26, 1967, he married Doris “Dotty” Johnson in Belfast, where they had lived in the same home for close to 45 years. He grew up in Searsmont and graduated from Camden High School in 1959. James served in the Army from 1963 to 1965 stationed in Berlin, Germany. After returning from duty, he worked for a short period of time for SAD 34 in Belfast. On Aug. 9, 1966, he went to work for St. Regis Paper Company in Bucksport, and retired from International Paper, Bucksport, on Jan. 1, 2003.

Jim’s main passion in life was his beloved land in Searsmont, where he spent many hours grooming and meticulously taking care of the land. He was an avid muscle car enthusiast of the '50s, '60s and '70s periods, and was very knowledgeable about engines and all cars of those eras. He loved spending time with his grandsons and was very proud of their accomplishments. He was quick to mention these accomplishments to family and friends. He was looking forward to meeting a new grandchild due in December. Jim was a member of the American Legion and an inactive member of the Masons. He was especially appreciative of the support from family and friends during his decline in health.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; his two daughters, Amber B. Frisch and her husband, Jason, and their two sons, Zachary and Brayden, of Hampden and Amanda B. Cunningham and her husband, Andrew Pagano, of Portland; a sister, Ann Cheney, of Chester, N.H.; and a niece, Cheryl George, and family of New Hampshire; one uncle, one aunt and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Grove Cemetery in Belfast, where he will be laid to rest with his best friend, Marvin, who has been waiting to find his final resting place. The  Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet will perform the service. After the service family and friends are invited back to the Cunningham home for refreshments and conversation.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered at www.ripostafh.com.

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