PUNTA GORDA, FL - Barry L.Cunningham, 7l, of Punta Gorda FL and formerly of Meriden, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 He was born Oct. 23, 1925, the son of Ruth Kaemmer Cunningham and William Henry Cunningham and was a graduate of Meriden High School and Hobart College. He worked at Boehle's Trucking Company for 35 years until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of several clubs in Florida, including the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Moose Club. "Huck" was known as one of Meriden's finest athletes, having lettered in three sports at Meriden High and as a basketball standout at Hobart College. He was well known throughout New England and other parts of the Northeast as one of the finest fast pitch softball pitchers of the time. He was a diehard Yankee fan and a devout UConn fan and often had the UConn flag flying at his residence. He is survived by daughters, Lisa Ruth Cunningham of Punta Gorda, FL; Debra Lynn Cunningham of Middletown and Karen Cunningham DesJardins of Bethlehem, CT. He is also survived by grandchildren, Elise E. DesJardins of Bethlehem, Travis Cunningham of Punta Gorda, FL and Eric Cunningham of Bethlehem. He was predeceased by his sister, Gail Cunningham Bush, who was among the lights of his life. "Huck" will be sorely missed by those who knew him and laughed with him. A memorial service will be held at the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden on Friday, March 16, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a get-together of friends and family.

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  1. Huck, a lifetime friend, a guy who could light up a room with your laugh and humor. I was honored to be associated with the McConnell`s Larks Softball Team on which you were the star pitcher, the best. We had some great times after the games at McConnell`s. You were missed by all your friends at the Sports Reunion this year. May your soul rest in peace my friend.

  2. Huck, me and Dignita will miss you so much. You were an absolute sunshine when you were visiting. I had so much fun hanging out with you and I will never forget your sense of humor. Love you always, Shirley

  3. I will miss my beloved uncle Huck, or .Huckleberry. as my sisters and I lovingly called him. His smile and sense of humor warmed our hearts and we will cherish all the memories of the great times we shared with him and my mom and Dad, Gail and Ron Busch, when we would visit in Meriden or in Ohio during my childhood. I still smile when I picture Huck getting off the plane with his duffle full of lobsters when he would come to visit. Barry enriched our lives in so many ways and we are so thankful for that. Rest in peace, you are loved always.

  4. To my friend of more than thirty-five years I thank you for all the wonderful memories. You were truly one of the best of the best and I shall never forget you. I will always miss your wit and charm and never forget all the good times on Atkins St. and the old Hanover House. Remember our song by Willie Nelson, Always on my Mind. Love always, Karen

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