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Louis Cunniff Obituary


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“My father was a kind and uniquely humorous man. He will truly be missed by many. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Suzanne Cunniff - Charlottesville, VA

“Dear Lou Ann, So sorry for your loss. May your grief be shortened as your fond and loving memories embrace you in peace. Love, Lynn & Dick ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Lynn & Dick Botbyl - Carp Lake, MI

“We only knew Louis through Joyce, who is our dog walking buddy. We hope Joyce finds peace through her memories. She is a strong, loving person that...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Christine LaPierre - Birmingham, MI

“I believe my Dad, Chief Stan Pepperell, hired Louis....and he was the last fireman he hired before he retired. To me Louis was always the young...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: monte pepperell - TN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God be with you and quide you, now and always. Love Kathy , Tracy and Karrie...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: kathy cope - friend


Louis T. Cunniff, 78, lifetime resident of Birmingham, MI passed away on Friday, April 30, 2010. He was born April 28, 1932 in Pontiac, MI to the late Louis and Beulah Cunniff. He was raised in Birmingham and developed a true love for the city itself and lived there throughout his life. Louis honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 working in postal service in Japan, he then worked 14 years as a mailman in Birmingham before becoming a firefighter for the city of Birmingham. Louis was a proud firefighter for over 30 years before retiring in 1987. It was on June 1, 1957 that he married the love of his life, Joyce Barkell. They raised two children in Birmingham. In his free time, he loved landscaping and just being around people and his family. A very charismatic and outgoing man, he served as president of the Metropolitan Club for 25 years where he remained very active. Those that knew him will remember a very friendly man who truly loved being with people. He loved the city of Birmingham and always knew what was going on around town. Louis is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce, and two children, Lou Ann Ross (Robert), and Suzanne Cunniff. He was a devoted grandfather of four: Will, Erin, Jenna, and Samantha. Brother of Pat Skelton (the late Dale), and the late Mike and Frank. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave (between 13-14 Mile) on Wednesday, May 5, 20110 from 2-8pm. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:00am at National Shrine of the Little Flower, Woodward at Twelve Mile in Royal Oak. Visitation begins at church at 9:30am. Burial will take place in the city he loves at Greenwood Cemetery.

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