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JOHN R. CUNIN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF BEARINGS, INC.

 CLEVELAND, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- John R. Cunin, 68, a director of Bearings, Inc. (NYSE: BER), and the company's retired chairman and CEO died yesterday after a long illness. Mr. Cunin joined the company in 1948 after serving with the 8th Airforce in Europe. He flew 30 missions over Europe as a top turret gunner on a B-17 during World War II.
 Mr. Cunin began his career with Bearings, Inc., as an order clerk in the shipping & receiving department of the company's Akron, Ohio, branch. He was promoted through many positions until Joseph Bruening, the company's founder, appointed him as president in 1980. Mr. Cunin succeeded Bruening as chief executive officer in 1982 and as chairman in 1983. He continued to serve as chairman of the board until 1990 when he retired. At the time of his death, Mr. Cunin was a member of the Bearings, Inc., board of directors.
 "John Cunin never forgot his struggle to rise to the top," stated John C. Dannemiller, current chairman and CEO of Bearings, Inc. "Throughout his long career, he worked hard to champion and improve employee benefits, and to encourage employees to grow and learn. He taught us all to manage with kindness and to care about our employees. John will be missed by everyone."
 In honor of his contributions to the company, a corporate facility was named for him in 1990 -- The John R. Cunin Distribution Center in Carlisle, Pa.
 Mr. Cunin worked tirelessly for many charitable organizations. He served as chairman of The Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation and for Clean-Land, Ohio as well. He was past chairman and a founding member of the Mid-Town Corridor Association, and served as a director at the time of his death. He was a former director of Society National Bank, The Greater Cleveland Growth Association, was a member of the boards of trustees of St. Vincent Charity Hospital, John Carroll University, Cleveland Tomorrow and Vocational Guidance Services. He also served on the advisory boards of Notre Dame College of Ohio and Our Lady of the Wayside Home for the Handicapped located in Avon, Ohio.
 Mr. Cunin is survived by his wife Marilyn, sons John, Thomas and William and daughter Jane. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 21, at St. Louis Church, 2475 North Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights, Ohio (time to be announced). Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the New Schulte & Mahon-Murphy Funeral Home, 5252 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst, Ohio. Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice.
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 /CONTACT: Richard C. Shaw of Bearings, Inc., 216-881-8900, ext. 343/
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