Phillip Allen Cunningham of Sandwich, who grew up in Bourne, died October 19. He was 79.

He was the husband of Jane M. Cunningham.

The son of Elden M. Cunningham and Barbara Cunningham, he lived his entire life on Cape Cod. Because during his younger years he went scalloping to earn money during the summer, he acquired the nickname of Scallop.

After attending Barrington College, Mr. Cunningham joined the US Navy in 1964 and served on the USS Wasp in the Atlantic, retrieving Gemini space capsules during the 1960s. Not long after joining the Navy, he married and he and his wife started their family.

A contractor for most of his life, Mr. Cunningham built many homes in and around Sandwich and elsewhere on the Cape.

He loved sports including football, baseball, golf and softball. Athletic in high school and college, he accomplished shooting a hole-in-one twice—in the same week—when he was 16 years old. In his later years he loved playing softball and the friendships that came with it.

In addition to his wife, he leaves three sons, Phillip Cunningham, Derek Cunningham and Brendon Cunningham; five grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Albert of Weymouth; and extended family.

Private services will be at a later date.

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