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Michael Cunningham, 81, Rye Resident

RYE, N.Y. – Michael Cunningham, of Rye, died Sunday, May 22 at White Plains Hospital Center. He was 81.

Born Dec. 26, 1934, in County Meath, Ireland, he moved to America in 1957, and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army as staff sergeant and served in Berlin until 1962. Upon discharge from the Army, he moved to Queens and served as a New York City firefighter from 1965-76. He eventually moved to Rye, where he had been a resident for the past 35 years.

He is survived by his sons, Brian and Paul Cunningham; his daughter, Celine Rossi; his brother, Anthony Cunningham; sister, Helen Peerse; nephew, John Cunningham; three grandchildren; and many other cousins, nephews and nieces residing in America and Ireland.

Visitation services are scheduled for 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Church of The Resurrection, 910 Boston Post Road, Rye.

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