Palm Beach Civic Association
John F. Cunningham
The Palm Beach Civic Association is grateful for the exceptional life and service of our director John F. Cunningham who passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2013.
John was a highly respected member of the Palm Beach community and an active supporter of the Palm Beach Civic Association. He served on the Civic Association’s board of directors since 2007.
As a volunteer on the association’s Tax and Finance Committee, he provided valuable insights on financial issues facing the town. His creative suggestions stimulated productive discussions on important topics like reducing taxes and reforming the town’s pension program. We will miss his enthusiasm for our mission of protecting the community.
John was the chairman and CEO of Cunningham & Co., a strategy consulting firm concentrating on the technology industry. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of Computer Consoles Inc., a telecommunications company acquired by Northern Telecom in 1988. Prior to that, he finished an 18-year career at Wang Laboratories, serving as president and COO before retiring in 1985.
He served as a director of numerous companies, including the First National Bank of Boston, EMC Corporation and Apollo Computer. He was an independent trustee/director of the Federated Group of Mutual Funds Corporation.
John’s service on charitable and not-for-profit boards included the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Catholic Charities of Boston, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Boston, and as an overseer and trustee at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He was a trustee associate at Boston College.
John made Palm Beach his principal residence with his wife, Ellen, in 1991. He has two grown daughters, Erin and Trisha, who live in New York City. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family.