It is with as usual sad news to announce another one of our ship mates passing away.
Dick Cunningham was born 31st December 1941.
He like myself, trained initially as a Radio Officer and came to LOF via Mavroleon Bros.
Like myself he retrained and became an E&OE in LOF (Electrical & Electronics Officer).
(I was not an E&EO in LOF) he remained with LOF until the sell off in 1997/8.
Stuart Booth (l) Dick Cunningham (r)
He briefly went to sea with a couple of foreign flag companies.
He retired from the sea and enjoyed a number of years in his adopted ‘Seaton Carow’ near Hartepool.
He and wife Mary moved once about 3 doors from their original house.
Surprisingly Dick was a very private person, unlike his ‘party mode’ at sea?
He suffered a stroke about 6 years ago and never fully recovered, although mentally alert.
I offered to visit him, but he said ‘wait until I’m better’
Dick died in July and had a private family funeral, Mary will be taking his remains back to Eire.
Brian Nicholls (l) DC (r)
Dick and I sailed together on many occasions and he and I enjoyed each other company.
Dick Cunningham – RIP – I hope they have a good supply of Four Bells rum up in heaven.
Mary informs me that Dick never went ‘Grey’ and kept his ‘Beard’ most of his adult life.
A small collection of ‘my’ Four Bells Rum – I’ll have one for you Dick