Wallace Harris Cunningham

October 03, 1920
- May 09, 2004

KINGFIELD - Wallace Harris "Wally" Cunningham, 83, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. He was born Oct. 3, 1920, in Brownville Junction, the youngest of six children of William and Lyda (Wishart) Cunningham. He graduated in 1939 from Brownville Junction High School. He was a prominent athlete who played basketball, football and baseball. He graduated in 1942, from Farmington Normal School (later the University of Maine at Farmington), and received his BS degree in 1954 in education. While at college, Wally excelled in basketball, cross-country and baseball. He started his teaching career in Kingfield in 1942. He also coached several sports. Wally married Patricia Stevens of Portland, also a teacher and a graduate of Farmington Normal School in 1944. He taught at Skowhegan Junior High School from 1943 to 1957. He coached several sports and taught science. He began teaching science at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield in 1957, and continued there until he retired in 1977 with 35 years of teaching. At MCI, he started the Outing Club, coached basketball, and taught students to hunt, fish, mountain climb, camp, fly fish and trap shoot. His students, now gray haired with grandchildren, still stop him to chat. He was a beloved teacher. He was an outdoorsman in every sense, spending every season outside hunting and fishing. He was a registered Maine Guide, ran Wally's Sport Shop out of his house for three years, and built and ran Wilderness Point Camps with his wife and son at Ebeemee Lake for 10 summers. After his retirement, he spent many winters in Florida, and particularly enjoyed the annual Pittsfield reunions in DeSoto Park. He also enjoyed oil painting, wood working, golfing, pine furniture making, wooden boat building, reading, gardening and traveling. He was a member of Clan Cunningham USA, an organization dedicated to tracing Cunningham ancestors in Scotland, and enjoyed attending Scottish games. He was a current member of the Kingfield Historical Association, the oldest member of the Mt. Abrams Masonic Lodge, and a former member of Eastern Star and Anah Temple Shrine. In the Masonic Lodge, he earned his 50-year pin and stars. He attended the Methodist Church in Kingfield. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Stevens Cunningham; one son, William Cunningham, DMD and his wife, Karen, of Pittsfield; one grandson, Alexander G. Cunningham of Pittsfield; one brother, Elmer Cunningham of Milo; and many nieces and nephews. He was very proud of his grandson's accomplishments, which include being valedictorian of the MCI Class of 2004, and participating in music, academics and sports. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Maine Central Institute, Attn: Carolyn Smith, 125 South Main St., Pittsfield, ME 04967.


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