It is with great sadness that I must write this short blog post.
My father, John Cunningham, who wrote the content for this website over many, many years was diagnosed with Motor Neurones Disease 6 weeks ago. He met this devastating news with dignity like I have never seen before. After the diagnosis he met every challenge with humility, never complaining and always smiling even though he must have been going through emotional turmoil inside.
Sadly, on the 28th December my father suddenly passed away. He passed away peacefully surrounded by close family members.
A few weeks previously he requested that I move his reef tank to my house as he could no longer look after it (my mother was doing all the maintenance under his guidance and she is an absolute superstar for everything she did for him). The tank was moved in early December and is doing well. My father got to see the tank a final few times before his tragic end.
I promise that I will do my utmost to maintain his reef tank and keep it to the highest standards possible – I see this as my duty to keep his legacy going.
My reefing mentor, my friend, my father is no longer suffering but the void he leaves is massive to everyone that knew him. Alongside all the fabulous traits that he had he was a fountain of knowledge when it came to marine aquariums – knowledge that will certainly be missed by myself and many others.
No further content will be posted to Aquarists Online, however I will keep this website running as there is simply too much valuable content plus years and years of effort from my father.
Motor Neurones Disease is a hideous, life changing disease and I truly hope that one day they will find a cure.
Sleep well dad – I miss and love you.