Longtime South Padre Island city attorney dies

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The only city attorney the Island ever had passed away over the weekend.

Paul York Cunningham Jr., 74, died of pancreatic cancer. He was first diagnosed in October.

Cunningham was instrumental in incorporating the city of South Padre Island in 1973. He served in the planning and zoning board prior to becoming the city attorney, a post he held for more than 40 years.

“He was a one of a kind man and attorney,” said Bob Pinkerton, former Island mayor. “I served 22 years with him on the council.”

Pinkerton said there was no one better to help guide the city leaders.

“He knew how to put issues and problems into perspective,” Pinkerton said. “He’s going to be missed by many.”

To commemorate Cunningham’s life and legacy, a service will be held at the Isla Grand Beach Resort at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 4, with words from his pastor and friend Bill Waddell.

For more on this story read Tuesday’s Valley Morning Star.