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James "Jim" Andrew Cunningham

August 22, 1969 ~ September 28, 2021 (age 52)

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James “Jim” Andrew Cunningham passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 28th at age 52. Jim was born on August 22, 1969, in Merrillville, Indiana. He was a man of many  Accolades, earning his PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology while also serving honorably in the United States Air Force for 20 years. He served in several deployments for both humanitarian and wartime missions, in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. He went on to achieve great success in both his personal and professional lives.  Wherever Jim went, home was always with him--and all that he met, became his family. Jim has friends all over the globe, from his time overseas in Crete, Greece, Germany, Keflavik, Iceland, to various locations in the Southeast and finally making a permanent home for his family in the Gulf Coast. Jim lived life to the fullest, always up for any adventure with his soul mate and wife of 29 and half years, Linda. Jim adored his 2 children, Jasper (Jacy) 25 and Cassidy 22 - he was so proud of their amazing spirits and watching them soar into adulthood. 

 Jim was preceded in death by his father, Frank Cunningham; his father-in-law, Eugene (Butch) Recanzone, and his brother, Frank A. Cunningham, whom he loved dearly.  In addition to Linda (nee Recanzone), Jim is survived by his two children, Jasper (Charlie B) and Cassidy (Nick), as well as his mother, Irma Cunningham (Barath), and Mother-In-law, Carmen Recanzone. He is also survived by his sister, Andrea Keehn (Tim); his niece, Jessica Keehn; her Son, Andrew Keehn, his brother’s wife, Cheryl (Frank A. Cunningham), and her two children, Chris (Jen) Cunningham and Kelly (Matt) (nee Hard) Cunningham as well as their families.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.  There will also be a beachside celebration of life Sunday evening, as it is the best way to capture his spirit.

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Celebration of Life
October 3, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547