Joseph DeLapp

Profile Updated: February 3, 2019
Current Home: Roswell, GA USA
Spouse/Partner: Candy
Job/Work Activity: Senior Exec.; 20+ years as a CEO
Children/Grandchildren: Three children--JK (37), Ashley (34) and Kyle (30)
Yes! Attending Reunion
Life Experiences:

•Camp Echo camper, family camper and staffer
•Eagle Scout
•BA Hillsdale College; Editor in Chief of the College Paper
•MBA at Indiana Univ.; Met my sweet wife of 38 years; was Chairman of the Marketing *Ditka Y Club in Evanston
•Played in the USTA Tennis National Finals for Seniors in CA (55 and older) 9 years ago
•Son JK is a Chinese Medical Doctor.
•Daughter Ashley is a producer in Hollywood
•Son Kyle getting and MBA from Indiana U and is a Carnegie Hero Award recipient for saving two kids lives in the Gulf of Mexico
-Natl. Board Member of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 15+ years
•Traveled to every state and 30+ countries
•Love for Evanston as a wonderful place to grow up in the 1960s (attended 3 Lincolnwood reunions); still have great friends from Evanston

School Memories:

•Great friends to this day
*Great school. Tremendous diversity. Great sports and activities. Huge student population (my second High school in CT was 1/5 the size of ETHS).
•The late Coach May was a great hurdling instructor and very good guy.
•ETHS High School BB champions
•Great times on the track team with Jim Westfall, Ben Bridges, the Eason Twins, Snatch, Bill Hoover and many others. When I moved from Evanston, a runner/hurdler from Northbrook, IL that I met at an Evanston Indoor Invitational, moved to the same small city some three months after me to Cheshire, CT; the "Illinois boys" became the core of Cheshire's sprinting/hurdling team. Record holder of several events.

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Joseph DeLapp has left an In Memory comment for Michael A. Cunningham.
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Jun 19, 2019 at 7:33 PM

Thanks Stu----and I will get to the donation page you were so kind to set up on FB for Mike's mother Vivian. You are a good man sir.

Joseph DeLapp has left an In Memory comment for Michael A. Cunningham.
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Jun 18, 2019 at 11:33 AM

 

Some of you on Facebook with me may have seen the post I had on Mike's death--an edited version follows:

Mike Cunningham, my good friend since 4th grade in Evanston, IL, died suddenly. I learned this from his working partner, the rising singing star Andrea Miller. FB nor here is not where I want to exhibit personal grief, which I am experiencing. This is to make others who knew Mike a) aware that he died shortly after moving his 93-year-old mom Vivian from FL and himself from IN so that he could care for his mom and b) give this nice guy a heart felt tribute.

Many of you might not know that Mike had become a very accomplished songwriter, composer, musician—largely jazz, but a whole body of work from Classical to contemporary. It was more than just a hobby for this professional accountant, but “his little gift” as he called his musical talent, was his PASSION. He would get up around 5:00 AM every morning and compose before addressing his professional duties. Every other waking moment not needed for his profession was dedicated to music, too. Many of his originals and rearrangements were written with Andrea in mind. If you watch the YOUTUBE post from Andrea here you can hear both artists’ work blend beautifully. You can see Mike speak as well and the talent our classmate Mike and his singing partner Andrea have. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhjK6ZuEY1U

Mike has a few original songs for Christmas from the duo’s “Christmas Collection.” I think “LIFT YOUR HEARTS,” #10 on the album, should be a holiday classic. It is that good. There are one or two other originals and arrangements that are favorites of mine. The album is listed on iTunes (red cover—his professional music name is Michael Cunningham).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PubkiD6kt5w&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR30CbUygYPc-X0B5Wh8v1GsHsT8LrIpflAlWLFVdzqfsqZBX4BAaWLlMrc

MIke's arrangement with Andrea on a "THE WATER IS WIDE" is a home run as well--simply beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkyANUWhmoo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0dycWkKjKQ7Wt_-jKBzxbYVvlfhuP0GQwSw4mytzgu0slBLGPzq6cfNlE 

 

Mike (“Fuzzy” to his close buddies in Evanston) and I received our Eagle Scout awards together from Troop 24 in Evanston. We last reunited in person a year ago November for my birthday in South Bend. He sat with my brother Greg and Greg’s son Paul in pouring, drenching rain—it rained heavily from kick off to the end of the Notre Dame football game—and in 37-degree weather. Each of us wore three layers of clothing, three hats, two ponchos and plastic garbage bags to cover our feet as we watched ND swim by Navy. Mike was ready to hang it up at half time because he was so wet and cold, but knowing the occasion, stayed with me after I shared a few spare dry clothes with him (he told me after the game ended at my cousin Brigid Kibbe’s house and beyond the reach of that South Bend cyclone that he was more than ready to leave at half time). That's a good freind.

Mike’s last non-FB correspondence to me was to send his new 3-song CD featuring Andrea that the two had just cut. Andrea and Mike were to record one other song together on April 29 in Chicago and then play at a booking together May 1 that Stuart Green arranged. That did not happen, unfortunately, because Mike's arrangment could not be found, but Andre did fly in from LA to Chicago to meet with Stu and Mike's other musical freinds. Maybe in death now, others may now discover Mike's talent.

The trouble with a sudden death like Mike’s is the deceased often has not said his peace to everyone. Mike and I had many talks over the years, so we can check off that one for us. I cannot officially speak for Mike, but I know from those talks that his fellow musicians, friends from the Evanston “Y”, scouting and the “Lincolnwoodies,” Haven Jr. High and ETHS were truly dear to him.

 
 

 

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Sep 22, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Nice pics Deb...sorry I could not make the 45th. Joe DeLapp

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Posted on: Jul 29, 2015 at 11:13 PM

Cindy--you are too modest. I am not sure I will be able to attend yet, but would certainly like to circle back to you and others from the class of '70. Jim Westfall, who lives in SF, Ben Bridges and I get together with a few others (e.g. Bill Geiger, Ham Kerr, Jim Kinsor, Jeff Willemain, Bo P., Chris Calm, Susie (Dorsett) M, Jim Mathison, Mike "Fuzzy" Cunningham and others--need to link you in as well. Joe DeLapp