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Cunningham helped make local Hall what it is today

February 08, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Funeral services for Harry L. Cunningham Jr., the first president of the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame, will be held today at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

The 79-year-old Cunningham, commonly known as Junior, died Tuesday at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He was one of the founders of the local Hall of Fame in 1986.

"First and foremost, Junior was the first president of the organization and without his vision and those of the founding group, we would never be where we are today," Washington County Sports Hall of Fame president Gregg Delauney said. "I've been involved with the Hall since 1995 and it continues to grow."

Delauney said Cunningham remained supportive of the group throughout the years.

"He never missed a banquet, he stayed very involved and was interested in the Hall," Delauney said. "I don't think the initial group ever expected the organization to grow to this stature. They gave away a $500 scholarship the first year. Last year we awarded $9,000."


Cunningham had stepped down as president and was on the Board of Directors when Rick Schultz became the group's historian.

"Junior was one of the founders of the County Sports Hall of Fame and did a real nice job," Schultz said. "It now includes 130 members. In addition, the Hall provides scholarships to many athletes. They also recognize outstanding achievements of county coaches as well as civic leaders."

Memorial donations for Cunningham may be made to Washington County Sports Hall of Fame, Harry Cunningham Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 277, Funkstown, Md., 21734.

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