Tom Cunningham

Obituary of Tom Cunningham

50 Year Resident of Capitola
Family and friends are mourning the loss of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and faithful friend, Tom Cunningham, who passed away at his Capitola home with his family at his bedside. Born in Vallejo, California, Tom graduated from St. Vincent High School and served his country as a United States Marine during the Korean conflict. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 64 years, Millie Cunningham, who preceded Tom in death March of 2023. Tom and Millie volunteered their time in assisting others with various organizations. Tom was a familiar face at California Grey Bears Thrift Store on Chanticleer; making friends while volunteering his time to this wonderful organization.
Tom and Millie were long time parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Community in Capitola. They were devoted Catholics, and when Tom could no longer drive, Fred and Lesa Wheeler volunteered to bring him to church.
Tom was an avid long distance runner and competed in 21 marathons and 1 ultramarathon. Tom cherished the lifelong friendships made with running buddies, known as ’The Bizarre Buzzards’.

His family, although deeply saddened by his passing, will never forget the examples he set for them by always choosing integrity and commitment in all endeavors.
Tom is survived by his daughters Susan Paradiso, and Kathie James; his son and daughter-in-law Steve and Dena Cunningham, his beloved grandchildren: Tyler, Conner, Elliot and Jack.
Tom was preceded in death by his older brother Mike and younger sister Carol 
He will be laid to rest with Military Honors on Tuesday May 14, 2024 at California Central Coast Veteran’s Cemetery, (2900 Parker Flats Rd) in Seaside beside his beloved wife Millie. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. A kind act of charity can be made in Tom’s memory to California Grey Bears 2710 Chanticleer Ave. Santa Cruz 95065


Committal Ceremony with Military Honors

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery
2900 Parker Flats Rd Cutoff
Seside, California, United States