Antonio Cunha, 76, of Hudson


Obit Antonio CunhaHudson – Antonio Valdemar “Tony” Cunha, of Hudson, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Tony was born Dec. 2, 1939 in Lisbon, Portugal, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. He was the eldest son of the late Antonio F Cunha and Maria (Vieira) Cunha. He was born and grew up in the Lapa quarter of Lisbon, enjoying sports and outdoor activities in his youth, such as soccer, camping, basketball, fishing, handball and swimming. He adored his younger brother, Victor, and enjoyed sharing his interests with him.

When Tony moved to America, he worked for his Uncle Ernesto, the original owner of Silva’s Bakery, as a baker. He worked for many years for the Hudson DPW, retiring as General Foreman in 2003.

Tony was a life member of the Hudson-Concord Elks lodge #959 and a member of St. Michael’s Church. He was an avid fan of all New England sports teams and his beloved Sporting Clube de Portugal soccer team.

Tony remained a talented cook throughout his life, a talent he shared with his mother. He was happiest sharing time at the table with friends and family with good food, conversation and lots of laugh and smiles. He enjoyed music, traveling and a good variety show. The legacy of his love, wit and kindness lives on in all that knew him well. He will always be remembered fondly for his exceptional wit, generosity, kind nature, friendliness and his gift of gab.

Tony is survived by the love of his life and wife of 52 years, Irene (Monteiro) Cunha. He was a devoted father to his children, Joseph Cunha, Tony’s daughter-in-law, Patty Cunha of Hudson, Marianne Massinger and her husband Willi of Bolton, and Anthony Val Cunha of Hudson. Tony’s pride and joy were his seven grandchildren, Amber Cunha of Wilton Manors, Fls., Jason Cunha of Hudson, triplets Anna, Angie and Amy Massinger of Bolton, and Selena and Ava Cunha of Hudson. He is also survived by his beloved brother, Victor Cunha, and sister-in-law,  Loretta Cunha of Hudson, along with nephews Jonathan Cunha, David Cunha, Matthew Cunha, niece Tracy Williams, several great-nephews and great-nieces, and many cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.

A funeral celebration of Tony’s life was held May 4, with a funeral Mass to in Saint Michael’s Church of Hudson and burial at Saint Michael’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to pancreatic cancer research in memory of Tony.

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