John Cunniffe made an impact in many ways – lacrosse-wise and otherwise.
The first All-American in John Jay High School history, Cunniffe went on to play at West Point. A Gulf War veteran, he gave back to the Katonah/Lewisboro community as a coach and board member of John Jay Youth Lacrosse.
Cunniffe died peacefully on Sunday after a battle with ALS. The 46-year-old 1984 JJHS graduate, who played attack, was diagnosed with what is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in April 2010 after months of testing.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa, daughter, Eliza, 15, and son, Charlie, 11. Eliza played JV lacrosse at John Jay this past spring. Charlie plays in John Jay’s youth program.
The Cunniffe family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah.
A memorial mass/service will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Ridgefield, Conn.
The last two years, the John Jay-Yorktown varsity boys game, which annually benefits a special cause, adopted ALS research as its theme in honor of Cunniffe.
You can read a letter Cunniffe wrote about his battle with ALS that appeared in this March 22, 2011 LaxLessons.com story.
John Cunniffe, center, wore No. 32 for John Jay. The attackman was team captain his senior year in 1984.
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