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The death occured on Christchurch on Sunday of Bill Cuningham, a distinguished harness racing administrator.
His abilities and service to the industry were honoured with a special tribute by Peter Andrews, president of the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club at the club's annual meeting on Monday night.
Mr Andrews said Bill had become a member of the Metropolitan club in 1960, Canterbury Park the same year and New Brighton in 1963. He became a steward of Canterbury Park in 1962, joined ths committee in 1965, became vice-president in 1973, president in 1976, treasurer in 1979, a life-member in 1979, and an honorary steward in 1991.
Mr Cuningham was a director of Addington Raceway from 1979 to 1990, and was on the TAB board from 1987 to 1992. "He loved his racing," said Syd Cordner, 81 this month, and a former president of the Canterbury Park club, "and he liked a bet...bet on anything. And of course he was a very able solicitor and administrator," he said.
Bill is survived by his wife Margaret.
Credit: NZ HRWeekly 17Jul93