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ROBERT E. CUNNINGHAM January 6, 1926February 5, 2019 Robert E. (Bob) Cunningham completed his earthly journey at home February 5, 2019. He was born January 6, 1926, in Mechanicville, NY, to parents Frank and Louise Cunningham. He attended Catholic school in Albany, NY and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy. Upon graduation he immediately joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific aboard the USS Billy Sunday during World War II. Upon returning to Albany he enrolled in Siena College, graduating with a degree in pre-med. Upon graduation he accepted a position with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company (one of TIMET'S founders) in 1950 and in 1952 headed west to Henderson to begin his more than 40-year career with TIMET, where according to the Henderson Home News, September 12, 1952, he participated in casting the plant's first titanium ingot. Following in close order were promotions to acting, then shift foreman, in Melting. He worked as a Process Engineer, becoming Supervisor of Processing. He later returned to the Melt Shop as Superintendent and became Ingot Plant Manager. He was then promoted to Manager, Plant Services. In that position he was responsible for everything that moved into or out of the Henderson plant except the people. Mr. "C" as he was known on the job, was very active in TIMET activities off the job as the unofficial Master of Ceremonies at various sporting events and banquets. His unique range of responsibilities and activities brought him into contact with more employees, suppliers, customers and just plain folks than any other Henderson personality. At home he is "The Guv" (so named by a London cabbie). Bob had two families, his wife, Trudy of over 60 years, children Mike and Susan and TIMET. He was devoted and committed to both. He was a genuine, caring and compassionate personality. Upon his retirement he and his son Michael launched Mike 1 Enterprises, a fruit bar and ice cream distributing business. They supplied frozen delights to all the marinas, hospitals and numerous other locations. In addition, he found time to reactivate his "mean" tennis game, read a book a day, travel and continue enjoying life with family and friends. Thanksgivings at the beach were special. He was the ultimate Nampong to his adoring grandchildren. Bob lived an active, productive and exemplary life. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Pete Cunningham (Jane), and John Cunningham. He is survived by his wife, Trudy; his son, Michael (Bernadette) Cunningham; daughter, Susan (George) Berry; grandchildren, Christopher Cunningham (Ariella), Nicholas Berry, Taylor Berry and Andrea Trofimuk; great-grandchild, Obie Cunningham; sister, Mary Ellen Kalled; and sister-in-law, Shirley Cunningham, Albany. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 11, at Palm Eastern Mortuary, 7600 S Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tue., Feb., 12, at St. Thomas More Catholic Community, 130 N Pecos Rd., Henderson. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to a charity of your choice.
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