John Cunavelis

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SOUTH BURLINGTON - John Cunavelis, 85, of South Burlington peacefully passed on December 23, 2012.

He was sports editor of the Vermont Sunday News, director of the Vermont Golden Gloves boxing tournament, driver ed and social studies teacher at Burlington Schools, and news writer for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C.

A native of St. Johnsbury, he worked in his father's popular ice cream parlor, The Concord Candy Kitchen, during his grade school and high school years in the '30s and '40s.

He joined the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

He attended the U. of Missouri, Syracuse U, and graduated from UVM in 1951.

He attended many SJA alumni reunions with his sister Helen (1940), and brother George (1941).

He was honored at Norwich University's annual Media Day and was inducted into the Vermont Principals Assoc. Hall of Fame.

He was predeceased by his stepson, Marine Lance Corporal Harmon Bove Jr., who was killed in Vietnam in 1970, wife Irene (Hodar), a native of Rutland, and his siblings, James, Helen and George. He leaves a daughter Kiki LeClair and a son Jake Cunavelis, both of South Burlington, stepsons, David Bove of Winter Haven, and Perry Bove of Burlington, and their spouses, and his 12 beloved grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on January 3, 2012, at Corbin & Palmer, 71 South Union St., Burlington.
Published in Rutland Herald on Dec. 29, 2012
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