Boating industry loses accomplished veteran

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Patrick Daniel Cunningham, 65, died Monday in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. after a 10-year struggle with heart disease, according to an obituary appearing in the Holland (Mich.) Sentinel.

Cunningham, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, was a highly respected member of the boating industry, serving as president of Bertram Yachts from 1982 to 1989. He most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing for Tiara Yachts until his retirement in 1998.
He also was a former member and officer of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

“Pat was a dear friend and will certainly be missed, not only because of the friendship, but he was a great professional in the industry,” said David Slikkers, CEO of S2 Yachts, of which Tiara Yachts is a subsidiary.
Cunningham went to work for Slikker’s company in 1991, the year the luxury tax was imposed.

“Pat was not daunted by challenges. This seemed to him to be a significant challenge, but one he could embrace wholeheartedly and he did an awesome job in working for our company,” Slikkers said this morning. “We experienced a lot together, the company grew and he was a great, great team member.”

Cunningham is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathie Cunningham; his children, Stephen and Tracy Cunningham of Miami, Sheila and Kevin Pollock of Holland, Mich. and Ryan Cunningham of Kalamazoo, Mich. He also is survived by four grandchildren, Taylor, Brandon and Kurt of Miami, and Hannah of Holland; his sisters, Mary Cunningham of St. Claire Shores, Mich. Colleen and Frank Escamilla of Mount Clemens, Mich., Kathy and Bob Lopker of Boca Raton, Fla.; his brother, Michael Cunningham of Harrison Township, Mich.; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary and John Piccin and Marty and Diana Burke, all of Ocala, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland, Mich. Memorial contributions can be given to Children's Advocacy Center of Ottawa County or St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

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