Brother Louis Cunningham, O.S.F.

After 68 years as a Franciscan Brother, Brother Louis Cunningham, O.S.F. died on March 15th 2004. Son of William and Sarah (nee) Kennedy, Thomas Cunningham was born on February 19th, 1917, and entered the first class of St. Anthony's Juniorate from St. Francis Xavier Parish. He received the Franciscan Habit on April 13th, 1936, with the name Brother Louis, and was professed on April 15th 1937, and finally professed on April 15th, 1940. After graduating from St. Anthony's Juniorate in 1936, Brother Louis received the Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College in 1940, and was awarded the Master of Arts degree from St. John's University in 1946. With periods of work as an assistant director of the CYO Camp in W hitestone and a math and science teacher in Alaska, Brother Louis was a science teacher at St. Francis Prep and St. Anthony's High School from 1940 to 1974. Brother Louis's first love was the sea, and he took many courses to qualify as a U.S. Power Boat Squadron Commander, eventually receiving the license to operate a Passenger Vessel of up to 100 Gross Tons. His experience as a Power Boat operator was evident in his many years as the Director of Camp Alvernia in Centerport, where he trained many young men as a qualified instructor in safe boating and Red Cross Sailing instruction.