Maurice William Tuning, lovingly referred to as Pete, passed away on April 6th, 2013, in sarasota, Florida, where he had been a resident for six years.
Dad was born July 7, 1931, to Robert and Mary Tuning in Canton, Pennsylvania. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a young man. He graduated from Mansfield Teacher’s College in Pennsylvania, and later obtained his Master’s degree from Alfred University. Dad was a teacher at Fredonia High School for over 30 years, where he combined humor and a relaxed style to engage high school students in the study of social studies and current affairs. He took pride in both educating and challenging the thinking of his students.
He was an avid athlete, and played football, baseball, and basketball. He later coached basketball, sharing his love of the game with others. Eventually, he engaged in the sport of running. Many might remember him running the halls of Fredonia High School or finishing a Fredonia Farm Festival 10K arm in arm with a buddy.
Dad married young and raised five children, all of whom survive him: Mary Stockmeyer and her husband, Bill, of Portland, ME; Robert Tuning of Waterford, CT; Pat Tuning and her husband, Doug Greenberg, of Colorado Springs, CO; Maureen Bishop of Cullowhee, NC; and Maurice (Pete) Tuning of Colorado Springs, CO. Thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive him, along with his three beloved sisters; Nina Campbell, Shirley Gibbs, and Martha Kress. His parents, a brother, and two granddaughters predecease him.
The family would also like to acknowledge his four very special friends: Tom Harvey, David Flack, Margaret Ruckman, and David Polchetti. Your laughter and friendship meant the world to him. Thank you for you love and support in these past weeks.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Fredonia Central School Education Fund, at www.nccfoundation.org or Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY 14048.
We love you, Dad.