On June 12, Adam “Scotty” Cunningham passed away peacefully at age 88, after a short illness. Born and raised in Kilmarnock, Scotland, Adam and his wife Betty immigrated to the U.S. on St. Patrick’s Day 1957 and lived in Wilmington for 40 years before moving to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Adam worked for Atlas Chemical Company/ICI Americas/Astra Zeneca for 33 years before retiring in 1991. Always interested in working with his hands and fabricating objects, Adam spent much of his career working with scientists to design and build specialty equipment used in pharmaceutical research. He was never happier than when he had a project underway.
Adam was a people magnet and loved large gatherings where he was usually the center of attention. But he was equally interested in one-on-one conversations where he would engage on every topic imaginable; he wanted to learn and hear about everyone’s experiences. Adam loved the game of golf but ironically didn’t play until he came to the U.S. One of his proudest moments was a hole in one at Rock Manor Golf Club. Adam was also an avid sailor and loved weekends on the Chesapeake. When his granddaughters were born, he gave up his boat for a house in Bethany Beach so the entire family could be together. He and Betty loved to dance and traveled extensively, but his favorite trips were to his beloved Scotland to spend time with family and friends.
He lived a life we all wish for, loved by those who knew him near and far. His sense of humor was legendary, and he made an outsized impression on all who met him.
Adam is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Cunningham; daughter, Lynn Evans (Joe); granddaughters, Kyle Evans Gay (Olin) and Elizabeth Evans (Chris Rattray); and two great-granddaughters.
A virtual celebration of Adam’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 30th at 10am ET. Please click here for more details and to register: Celebrate Adam’s Life
Donations in Adam’s name can be made to The First Tee Delaware at firstteedelaware.org