Stephen James Cunniff (Oct. 28, 1931-June 26, 2015)


Stephen James Cunniff, 83, of Hilton Head Island, passed away on June 26, 2015 after a brief illness.
Stephen was born in Holyoke, Mass. on Oct. 28, 1931, son of Rear Admiral James Francis Cunniff, and Helen Mary (Lawrence) Cunniff.
He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He worked as a top regional sales manager in the paperboard industry for 32 years, retiring from International Paper.
Steve was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast, with a special passion for lacrosse, which he played in college. He was one of the founding members and President of the Wilton Lacrosse Association, and President of the Wilton Little League, both in Wilton, Conn. He enjoyed music and travel. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion, and an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Hilton Head, serving as an usher. He was a member of the Dolphin Head Golf Club.
Steve is survived by his wife Elizabeth Jane Cunniff, and four children (from a former marriage): Michael James Cunniff, and wife Mary Lynn Cunniff of Tampa, Fla., Mary Kate Cunniff of Oakland, Calif., Timothy Ian Cunniff, of Chatham, Mass., granddaughters: Skyler and Isabella Cunniff of Chatham, Mass., and Christopher Edward Cunniff, and wife Lynn Cunniff of Charlotte, N.C., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother David Lawrence Cunniff.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Steve’s life will be held at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, Hilton Head Island, on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory, theislandfuneralhome.com.