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George Cunha, 88, a cherished patriarch, esteemed crane operator, and friend to many, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2024, at the V.A. Hospital in Providence, RI, the same city where he was born on December 10, 1935. George's life was a testament to the enduring power of kindness and adventure, qualities that he embodied daily.
Born to the late Anthony and Anna (Faria) Cunha, George grew up in East Providence, where he was known for his loving nature and infectious spirit. He was the beloved husband of the late Judy (Elliott) Cunha, and together they built a family that was his pride and joy. George was a dedicated father to George Cunha of East Providence, Michael Adams of Maysville, KY, Timothy Adams of Scituate, RI, Ann Marie Duarte of Bristol, RI, and Lisa A. Cunha of Johnston. His legacy also includes eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who will carry forward the values he instilled in them. A family man at his core, George was also a caring uncle, survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony Cunha, Jr., and Russell J. Cunha. George was a US Navy Veteran, serving for over 13 years, during the Cuban Missile Crisis and during the Korean War Era
Professionally, George was respected as an Operating Engineer for Local 57, where he showcased his skill and precision as a crane operator for many years. His colleagues in the Local 57 IUOE knew him as a man of integrity and dedication. George's work ethic was matched only by his commitment to his community and his passions.
An active parishioner of St. Martha Church, George's faith was a cornerstone of his life. He also found joy and camaraderie as a member of the Brightridge Club. His love for golf, boating, and travel reflected his adventurous spirit and his belief that life was to be lived fully and with enthusiasm. He was also a member of the ELKS Club of East Providence.
George's friends and family will remember him as a loving and kind soul, always ready with a warm smile or a helping hand. He was the kind of person who made a lasting impression on everyone he met, leaving a trail of positivity and goodwill in his wake.
The world is a lesser place without George Cunha, but his legacy of love, kindness, and adventure will live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. As we say goodbye to this remarkable man, we take comfort in knowing that his life was well-lived and that his memory will continue to inspire us all.
His funeral will be held on Friday January 26, 2024, at 10:30am from the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00pm in St. Martha Church, 2595 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag trail, East Providence.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are Thursday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 146 Clifford Street, Providence, RI 02903, would be appreciated.