Holbrook, Long Island, NY — Lawrence W. Cunha Sr., 73, of Holbrook, N.Y., and formerly of Malden and Wakefield, Mass., died Monday at the Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y., after a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of Charlene (Burke) Cunha.
He was born in Arlington, Mass., and was the son of the late Jesse and Margaret (Erickson) Cunha. He was raised and educated in Wakefield, and later lived in Malden, Mass., and also in North Reading and Middleton, Mass., before moving to Holbrook, four years ago.
Lawrence was a graduate of Northeastern University and had been a structural engineer in the architectural design field for several years. He later was the proprietor of Larene Steel Products Inc. in Massachusetts, prior to his retirement 10 years ago.
He enjoyed playing golf, going bowling and traveling with his wife. He most enjoyment came spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene of Holbrook; a son, and daughter-in-law, Lawrence W. and Lila Cunha Jr. of Oahu, Hawaii; three daughters, Christine Kamalic and her companion, Denis O’Leary, of Holbrook, Michele and her husband, Ken Gesualdo Jr. of Londonderry, N.H., and Vicki Cunha and her companion, Jimmy Walsh, of Malden; his siblings, Richard and his wife, Marie Cunha of Hudson, Fla., Marjorie Knight of Rochester, N.H., Carolyn and her husband, David Burke of Lynnfield; a sister-in-law, Nancy Lyons of Peabody; two brothers-in-law, David and his wife, Betty Burke of Gloucester, and Larry Di Nino of Enfield, Conn.; six grandchildren, Christopher, Eric, Kayla, Amanda, Lauren, and Will; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Jesse and his wife, Carolyn Cunha, James Cunha and Joan Di Nino, and brother-in-law of the late Arthur Knight and Ken Lyons.