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“To the family of my dear, dear friend, I offer my genuine and heartfelt condolences. Carmon and I were friends for many decades and I had been...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Lowery Gibson - Portland, OR

“Dear Paula and Family, May the depths of God's abiding love continue to keep, comfort, and guide you during this difficult period of Carmon's passing...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: samuel nixon jr. - Alexandria, VA

“Carmon was loved and will be missed as this beautiful legacy shows. May your family find comfort knowing God and friends care. Psalm 147:3OM ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I worked with Carmon at Digital Equipment Corp and volunteered with him at CBMM. There was...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Gregory Gaines - Laguna Hills, CA

“I was very sorry to hear about Carmon's passing. I worked with Carmon for several years at Digital Equipment Corporation, and I also had a chance to...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Ernie Feasel - Acton, MA

“Paula, Jam, Dante and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Carmon on several occasions and being taken by his smile and...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Andrea Reid - Silver Spring, MD

“Please accept our sincere condolences at this sad time. (Psalm 18:2) ~ Nicky ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry ! ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: Anthony Sinskey - Boston, MA

“Condolences Dante & Rathana. Prayers and thoughts go with you and your family. ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Ray Domingo

“On behalf of the McGraw family I want to let you all know how shocked and sorry we were to hear of Carmon's passing. Carmon was such a loving, fun...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Deidre McGraw - Chicago, IL

“Carmon was a bright light in our community here in Wilmington. His smile and genuine caring to all who have been lucky enough to know him will be...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Linda Covino - wilmington, MA

“I had the pleasure of meeting Carmon while he and Paula were dining out. He was very kind and It was very heartening to see such love between two...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Marlisha McDaniels - Cambridge, MA

“May fond memories and loving words comfort your family at this difficult time. (Isaiah 57:15) ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“My heart is greatly saddened by the loss of one of my childhood friends. May the Love of Christ and comfort of The Holy Spirit abide with you all...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: ZIna Queen - Cambridge, MA

“Kind and loving words can help heal your hearts at this time especially coming from a God of comfort. Please take solace in them in Isaiah 57:15 ”
16 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you, my friend, for choosing Wilmington for your business location and for sharing yourself and your gifts with us. I a better man for having...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Mike Champoux - Wilmington, MA

“Carmon was one of the nicest and most pleasant men I ever met. Whenever I would stop into the cleaners and he was there he would always make it a...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“A nice man.Our son got his graduation tux from Mr.Cunningham and he couldn't have been more involved or kind to all who entered his cleaners...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“What a wonderful man and such a terrible loss! Bob and I send our love and our condolences for your loss. ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Deborah Armstrong - Lexington, MA

“Prayers and thoughts during this loss -- Teresa Allen and family (CBMM Parent) ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Teresa Allen - MA

“To Carmon's Family,Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult. Carmon was the real deal, a true gentleman. May he rest in...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Kevin & Maria Doherty - MA

“I hope that these words found at 2kings 20:5 can comfort you during this difficult time."I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Here i am...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Well done my good and faithful servant ...well done...Heaven has another angel....osc member ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: JANICE GRAVES - boston, MA

“So very sorry ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Pat Kelly - Wilmington


Carmon Cunningham was a loving father, husband, brother and friend. Carmon was born on May 30, 1954 to Melvia and Roosevelt Cunningham in Portland, Oregon. He attended John Adams High School, graduating in 1972, before getting his Bachelor's Degree in Economics at Pacific University in Oregon in 1976. During his time in college, he was known for starting the Concerned Black Students Organization and serving as its President, and also for his role as a DJ for the college music radio station.
Carmon worked and lived in Portland Oregon as a business professional for several years, first at Xerox Corporation and then for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) starting in 1980. He became the proud father of his son, Dante Cunningham, with Estena Simms in 1983. He moved to Boston as part of a promotion with DEC in 1987 and settled in Ashland, MA. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Boston University in the Executive MBA program in 1991. In 1995, Carmon became the Director of Alumni Relations for the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he met his wife, Paula T. Hammond Cunningham, in 1997 and they married on September 9, 2000 and moved to Newton, MA; at that time, Carmon became stepfather to James Hammond. Carmon became the Vice President of Communications and Technology for the Boston non-profit, Jobs for the Future (JFF), in 2000, and as a part of his job there, he worked toward the organization's mission to increase the education and training level of young adults through and beyond high school to ensure them better earning job opportunities. After seven productive years at JFF, Carmon became an entrepreneur, and opened the Cleaner Spot, a dry cleaners located in Wilmington, MA. The Cleaner Spot has three locations including offices at the World Trade Center in Woburn, and it has been rated the number one dry cleaners in Wilmington and in the region consecutively for the past three years. He was highly loved and respected by all those in the Wilmington community with whom he worked, and from 2013 through 2014, he served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce for Wilmington, and was on the Board of Directors of the Chamber for the past 5 years.
Throughout his lifetime, Carmon consistently gave back to his local and professional community. In Boston, he was heavily involved in Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts since its inception in 1988, an organization that reaches out to young boys of color and provides them mentorship and training through the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development (PRI). He was President of the Boston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. He has served as a Board Member for Thompson Island Outward Bound and the Big Brothers Association. After years of membership at St. Paul AME Church, in 2010, he and Paula joined the Old South Church and have been close members of the faith community.
Carmon is survived by his wife, Paula, his son Dante Cunningham and daughter-in-law, Rathana Bun, his stepson, James Hammond, his mother, Melvia Cunningham, and his two brothers, Gerald and Derwin Cunningham. He also leaves behind several cousins, nieces and nephews, and multiple friends from every phase of his life, all of whom were blessed by his presence in their lives.
A Funeral Service will be held in Boston's Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston on Tuesday, June 28th, at 2PM. Visitation will be held from 1-2PM prior to the service. A reception to celebrate Carmon's life will be held in the Gordon Chapel immediately follow the service until 5PM. In lieu of flowers, please kindly send a donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (http://www.bbbsmb.org/site/c.9gKMJZMxF7LUG/b.8453103/k.1B7C/Donate_to_Impact_a_Childs_Life.htm)