COVID kills two partners at Gunster law firm in West Palm Beach

COVID kills two partners at Gunster law firm in West Palm Beach
COVID kills two partners at Gunster law firm in West Palm Beach

During a recent two-month period, two partners at the venerable Gunster law firm in West Palm Beach have died from the coronavirus, stunning the legal and charitable communities and prompting a wave of fresh grief for the pandemic-weary county.

In November, the disease claimed the life of Edward Tancer, 59, a partner at the West Palm Beach-based firm and the former general counsel at Florida Power & Light.

Then in January, former managing partner Donald Beuttenmuller, Jr., 73, who battled the virus for nearly two months, succumbed to COVID-19.

Current and former colleagues atGunster, the oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, have been shocked by the loss of the longtime partners. So, too, have officials and donors at the charities that had close relationships with the men.