Edward Bryce Cunningham, 1964 – 2022
Edward “Ted” Bryce Cunningham of Westerly and Block Island passed away early June, 5 at the age of 57. Ted was born on October 6, 1964 in Westchester, N.Y. to Donald Eugene Cunningham and Ann Chittendon Cunningham.
Ted grew up and graduated from high school in Branford, Conn., where he excelled in sports, drama and music, forming his first band with his schoolmates.
Ted spent his summers on Block Island and became a line cook at Dead Eye Dick’s at age 15 while honing his guitar skills at beach parties where he frequently jammed with Peter Beane and the McIntyre brothers’ band “Stolen Goodz” and the band “Krime Wave and the Kasulties.”
His Stratocaster was an appendage and like the guitarists he admired, he developed a sound and style uniquely identifiable, earning him the moniker ‘Rad Ted.’
At the University of Rhode Island, Ted majored in psychology and rock ‘n roll, both of which served him well in life. He formed a band with his dorm buddies, which became the legendary “That’ll Learn Ya!” of 1980s and early 1990s Rhode Island indie music scene.
Ted married and became a proud father, supporting his family working as an accomplished chef and staunch employee for the majority of his life.
In 2012, Ted re-emerged on the music scene reuniting with “That’ll Learn Ya,” forming “The Cunninghams” and joining the “Kelly Walsh Band.”
He was a generous and loyal friend to those who knew his gentle soul, were amused by his wit and not offended by his unfiltered musings. Wherever Ted was there was sure to be a hootenanny.
Ted is predeceased by his parents and survived by his children Liam and Keelyn Cunningham, long-time companion Kelly Walsh, siblings Lynn and Paul Cunningham and Michael McGuire, guitar brother Al Valatka, mother of his children Kelly McGovern, extended family, band brothers, friends and fans.
A celebratory memorial and internment will be held on Block Island in October.
A “That’ll Learn Ya” reunion in Ted’s memory will take place on September 2, at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck, R.I.
In lieu of flowers or anything else, consider honoring Ted by always doing your best, as was his aspiration, as well as stopping to pet the animals and being kind to your fellow humans.