Janice Ann Lincoln Cunningham
1952 ∼ 2018
Janice Ann Lincoln Cunningham, age 65, of East Bridgwater passed away December 1, 2018, surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She was the wife of Alan J. Cunningham, and long time resident of East Bridgewater. Janice was the daughter of Betheo Mae Lincoln and Robert W. Lincoln of East Bridgewater.
Janice was a graduate of East Bridgewater High School class of 1970. Janice’s career was one of many firsts and accomplishments. As a Bridgewater State University Police Officer she became their first female Sergeant in history. She then achieved another first becoming the first female Police Officer employed by the town of East Bridgewater, where she later served as a DARE officer working closely with students in East Bridgewater schools. She then became the first female Massachusetts President for the DARE Program. Janice was domestic violence advocate. She would start the organization H.U.G.S in 1995 (which is still active today) which was designed to support and advocate for victims of domestic violence as well as provide for families in need during times of hardship. Janice was a 10th Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate where she taught alongside her husband at their karate studio. Janice also was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame. She retired as a police officer after 25 years of service to the community. She enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren & countless friends, advocating for those would could not advocate for themselves, providing for those in need during the holidays or during times of hardship and making others smile.
She is survived by her Husband Alan J. Cunningham of East Bridgewater, her eldest son Alan Jon Cunningham II and his wife Jennifer of Middleboro, her daughter Traci A. Lapanna and her husband Angelo of Middleboro, her son Jason M. Cunningham and his wife Angela of Bridgewater. She had 7 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held in the Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home 98 Bedford Street Bridgewater Friday, December 7th from 4-8 pm.
A Funeral Service will be held in the East Bridgewater United Methodist Church 54 N. Central Street East Bridgewater. Saturday December 8th at 1:30pm.
Burial will follow in Central Cemetery, East Bridgewater.