Susan J. Cunningham


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Gloucester - Susan J. (Gillie) Cunningham, 79, wife of the late Capt. William T. Cunningham, of Gloucester, Mass., passed away on Saturday, December 29, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by her family following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Gloucester on April 30, 1939, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Landry) Gillie.
Sue was a life-long Gloucester resident and graduate of Gloucester High School with the class of 1957, along with her husband, best friend, and soulmate, Bill. Family was very important to Sue and Bill and they began building their family together right after high school. Sue was a loving wife, nurturing mother, and caring devoted friend to many. She had an infectious personality, the gift of gab, and made friends wherever she went. Sue was proud of the home life she built for her family. Her home was always open to her extended family, which included her friends, children, children's friends, neighbors and crew members. The homes she had in Gloucester and Hudson Beach, Florida, became the hubs for gathering and socializing.
Sue worked hard her whole life in and out of the home, raising and nurturing her family, and along with her husband Bill, co-founding and growing two family businesses. Their businesses, Capt. Bill's Whale Watch/Deep Sea Fishing, and later Cape Ann Oil, fulfilled their vision of growing a company to provide for, sustain, and bond their family.
Sue loved life, loved music and dance, loved living by the ocean, boating, the beach, combing the beach for sea-glass, hunting for bargains at thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her children, William Cunningham Jr. and wife Grace, Jodi Cunningham, Marc Cunningham and wife Melissa, Tracy Cunningham, Marci Cunningham and companion Peter Marshall, and Krista Cunningham; grandchildren, Sean Cunningham and wife Phyllis, Billy and Brian Cunningham, Nolan and Brett Cunningham, and Lily Marshall; great-grandchildren Jace and Marley Cunningham; brothers-in-law Charles Brackett and Robert Deveau; and her in-laws, the extended Tracy family.
In addition to her husband Bill, and her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Bartlett Gillie, Beverly Brackett, and Colleen Deveau; and god-child Julie Francis.

Her funeral Mass will be held in St. Ann’s Church on Friday, January 4 at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. The burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Mass., 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, or
Published on January 2, 2019
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