Cunha and Turner Pass Away

Pool has lost two great friends in the past week. David Cunha, longtime owner of Country Club USA in Chelmsford, Massachesetts and Buxton Turner, known to all USOpen 9-Ball fans as just Buxton, both passed away in the last few days.

Cunha was the friendly and always smiling face at Country Club USA. He hosted a Camel Tour stop there and went out of his way with his hospitality to both players and fans.

Buxton Turner set the odds and made the book on the matches at the USOpen 9-Ball. He must have set the lines pretty well as every time this writer saw him he was trying to get even on the final day of play. Folks always complain about betting lines, no matter who sets them, but many won off of the lines that Buzton posted.

Obituaries for both men are below.

David Cunha:

WESTFORD – David J. Cunha, 63, a well known local businessman and resident of Westford, beloved father and papa, died Sunday, June 20th, following a long, courageous battle with leukemia at Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Lowell on March 14, 1947, and he was a son of the late William F. Cunha and Cecile A. (Cantin) Cunha. He received his education in Lowell schools.

David served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

A very successful entrepreneur, he was part owner of the former Old Oaken Bucket in Westford and owner of Country Club USA and Reflections Lounge, both in Chelmsford.

In his free time David enjoyed playing pool and tending to his gardens and koi ponds. He was also an avid Boston sports fan.

He is survived and deeply missed by his six daughters, Nadine Morin and her husband Richard of Tyngsboro, Amy McClure and her husband Robert of Chelmsford, Robin Cunha and her fiancée James Kennedy of Nashua, NH, Maria King and her husband Chris of Chelmsford, Monica Cunha and her fiancée Derek Schmitke of Chelmsford, and Nadia Cunha of Westford; his two loving and caring former spouses, Dolores Cunha of Chelmsford and Naima Cunha of Nashua, NH; five cherished grandchildren, Arthur Voutselas, Kayla Ball, Dylan McClure, Kyle King, and Sarina Schmitke; nine brothers and sisters; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

David's family would like to thank all the staff at MGH and Spaulding Rehab for all their kindness, passion, and special care during the last two years.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 3 until 8PM at the BLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen Street, CHELMSFORD. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9 o'clock at St. Mary Church, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Buxton Turner:

VIRGINIA BEACH - W. Buxton Turner passed away on June 15, 2010, at home.
He was born on June 10, 1953, in Newport News, Va., to the late Victor W. and Charlotte Buxton Turner. Mr. Turner attended Warwick High School and was currently involved in organizing their reunion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and Ethel and Basil Horner, his aunt and uncle.
Mr. Turner's services will be private for the family only.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 240 Business Park Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
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