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Edward A. Cunniffe
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    75 Francis St.
    Boston, MA 02115

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“Ed was wonderful to work with, and we all miss him. I worked with him in a number of our New York offices. He was so incredibly helpful and always...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Terri Elkowitz - Mount Sinai, NY

“Dear Cunniffe family -I'm sorry for your loss. We spend so much of our day's at work, it is important that we work with nice people who make our...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Maureen Hogan - Watertown, MA

“I didn't know Ed but I know Ellen and my heart pours out to her. Ellen and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God help you through...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Mary - Methuen, MA - friend

“Dearest Ellen and family my sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to you all. ”
4 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“With a heavy heart I just heard the news of Ed passing. A great guy who will be missed by all ”
5 of 38 | Posted by: Rick Glynn - classmate

“A beautiful tribute to my beloved husband Ed, was demonstrated over the past week through the endless outpouring of flowers, food and condolences,...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Ellen Cunniffe - Melrose, MA

“Dear Ellen and Family, So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ed was a wonderful Father and always...Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: Sonny, Jean, Jessie and Alec Atienza - CA

“To the Cunniffe family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. With deepest sympathies. ”
8 of 38 | Posted by: Trish and Dan Tiernan - NH

“Dearest Ellen my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. RIP Edward love forever Chrissy ❤❤ ”
9 of 38 | Posted by: Christine DeSieno - Wakefield, MA

“There are no words at this time, except that we miss him here already at VHB. He was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers to all of you at...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Maureen Cahill Magane - Dedham, MA

“Ellen, I remember meeting Ed with you at the square dance awhile back. He was friendly and Bill and I felt comfortable with him. Mostly, though I...Read More »
11 of 38 | Posted by: Joyce Josephson - Reading, MA

“I've been friends with Ellen and Ed since 1995 and I remember Ed always being so funny and such a happy go lucky man. He helped me one year to put in...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: ellie tedeschi - Danville, NH

“Ellen, Chris, Jackii and Becca,Bob and I are so sad to hear of Ed's passing. He was always a great joy to speak with and always had a smile on his...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Linda Giglio - Annandale, NJ

“To the Cunniffe Family,We are very sorry to hear of Eddies passing. Our family extends their deepest sympathy to all of you during this most...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Lori & Dave Emerson - Penacook, NH

“While I have not seen Ed in a number of years, I have wonderful memories of him as a kind, warm, friendly human being who loved and cherished his...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: Michael Reade - Southfield, MI

A great memory of working with Ed on our "Green Team" efforts. So happy to have worked with him. “Ed was one of the nicest people that I worked with at VHB. He was always happy to help anyone with anything they needed. We will miss him dearly...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Kari Hewitt - Watertown, MA

“I can only express my sadness to you and your family. May the love of God see you through. ”
17 of 38 | Posted by: Gladys Bachelder - MA - Friend

“So many good memories of time spent with the Cunniffe family on Patten Road. May it somehow help ease your pain to know how many care and are...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Michele & John Rugo - Murphys, CA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you find peace in knowing he touched so many lives in a very...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Diane Ramsey - Sarasota, FL

“The greatest of times in Automotive Shop at Nashoba Tech. Ed was one you could count on to help you out. We chugged thru problems on cars and...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Craig Grimm - Westford - friend

“Ellen, Chris and Family,I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to have worked with Ed, I will miss chatting with him and seeing him...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Lisa Cummings - Boston, MA

VHB lunch June 2015 “To Chris and the Cunniffe Family,My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. Ed was just one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. His...Read More »
22 of 38 | Posted by: Julie O'Connor - Watertown, MA

“Ellen and family - With heartfelt sympathies I write this. I will always remember your surprise 60th party he threw and wrote such a lovely poem for...Read More »
23 of 38 | Posted by: Diane Trovato - Medford, MA

“Dear Ellen and family, - You and Ed were a shining example of enduring love and compassion, living your lives to the fullest. May your wonderful...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Lisamaria Shaler - Billerica, MA

“Ellen, Jackii, Christopher & Becca - Patty & I were so saddened by the news about Ed. We still don't believe it. Ed was always so upbeat, cheerful...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Latshaw - Culpeper, VA

“So very sorry to hear about Ed. He was a super great guy, He will be missed by so many people. Sincerest condolences to you all your family ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Daphne Miles - Orlando, FL

“Ellen,I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.Nancy Marshall ”
27 of 38 | Posted by: Nancy Marshall - Coworker

“Dear Ellen and Family:Deepest sympathy at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Georgia Hall, NIOST, Wellesley College ”
28 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Ellen and Family.Sincere sympathy to you all. You are in my thoughts. Wendy Robeson ”
29 of 38 | Posted by: Wendy Robeson - Nofolk, MA

“Ellen and Family,Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special angel to watching over you and protecting you all.Stay strong in God's Love...Read More »
30 of 38 | Posted by: Bee Magliozzi - Billerica, MA

“Remembering your great love story today and always. ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“Ellen, my thoughts of sorry for your family are deeper than our friendship. Paul ”
32 of 38 | Posted by: Paul Hurley - Lexington, MA

“Ellen, Sincere sympathy and all my love to you and your family during this most difficult time. May the love of God and peace be with you. ”
33 of 38 | Posted by: Susan Donaher - Wakefield, MA

“To all your family I am thinking of you during this very difficult time. I hope my prayers are of some comfort.Karen Pilecki ”
34 of 38 | Posted by: Karen Pilecki - Lynn, MA - Friend

“Ellen and Eileen: Thinking of you and your family members at this very sad time for you. Sincerest condolences to you all your family members. ”
35 of 38 | Posted by: Cindy Hemenway - Stoneham, MA

“To Young...To Soon...So SadEllen, My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and Ed's family during this very difficult time. Blessings and...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Suzanne LaPointe - Danvers, MA

“We are so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Love Jill Taylor. Caitlyn Duhaime.Tifeni Duhaime ”
37 of 38 | Posted by: jill taylor - center ossipee, NH

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
38 of 38 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Edward A. Cunniffe, of Melrose, died unexpectedly on Feb. 23, 2017 at the age of 57.
To talk about Ed is to tell you that Ed was the perfect gentlemen, who always thought about others first and himself second. He was kind, considerate, smart, funny, the nicest person you could meet but truly understated. He would always have a grin on his face and a kind word for all.
Ed was a family man, he loved spending time with his wife of 30 years Ellen and his kids Jackii, Chris and Becca whether it was walking, hiking, biking, going to the movies or simply playing a board game. He was a devoted sports dad going to all the kid's games and even coaching for some. Ed came from a large but extremely close family where spending time with them or having a game night with siblings was common. He was an avid Boston sport's fan especially the Bruin's, Patriot's and Celtics. He went to many Bruin's games and when not able to go would root for them from home. He and Ellen had the enviable opportunity to have a special dinner with Terry O'Reilly and his wife at the Capri restaurant, which was a highlight in Ed's life.
He was an avid lover of classic cars and was always working on his 70 Chevy Nova. He had an old Studebaker that he had not started working on but was excited to rebuild at some point. During the summer months Ed could be found on his motorcycle whether just taking a ride or going for a ride with his son Chris.
He was a natural athlete who excelled at any sport he especially loved playing tennis on Saturdays with his friends Chuck, Scott and Tom. ... READ MORE →