Dear friends and family,
We are sorry to announce the death of our beloved father William J. Cunningham on May 19, 2022. He passed after an unexpected stroke and short battle at the hospital. After more than 30 years as a heavily decorated US Naval Captain, he died honorably and with valor. His last acts in life were to attend a wedding with friends, spend time with his family, and donate a large amount of his time and money to individuals adversely impacted by the Ukrainian war. He spent his entire duration on earth trying to help others. A man of Christ, William is now in the arms of God. We will miss him dearly.
William was a silly guy, with a brilliant sense of humor. He stopped at nothing to make us laugh. The thought of anyone mourning his death made him upset: He just wanted those around him to be happy. It was his express wish that he not have a funeral, memorial, or any type of service. He also did not want to be buried or have a gravestone.
While his family wants to honor his wishes, we also know everyone has a need to grieve. As William was a Cryptologist, we think it is fitting to create a permanent digital memorial in his honor. There will be no event to attend in person or online, just the website. Once we have it created, people will be able to read about his life and post memories about how he impacted them. We will distribute the link once it is ready.
As some of you may know, in addition to having an enduring belief in God, William was a budding theoretical physicist. He wrote a blog, poolofthought.org, which contains all of his writings on physics and spirituality. If you are missing him as we are, we recommend you read some of his work. Specifically, the blog on “the physics of death” because William does not believe death is actually the end.
Should you wish to make a donation in his honor we ask that it be made out to Rivers of Recovery at http://www.riversofrecovery.org/. All donations support the local veterans programs that helped William manage his PTSD. He credited it with saving his life, and it was his wish that other veterans be helped as well.
Winnie, Isabella, Alex, Gabriel, and the Cunningham Family
27 August 2022 at 15:08
Rest in Peace Shipmate.
29 August 2022 at 02:30
I would like to know when the website is ready. Bill was a great friend of 50 years, a fellow musician, and fellow physicist. I will miss him dearly. We had just recently started discussing “The Pool”
12 September 2022 at 01:55
I played football at Medford High with Bill, and later reconnected shortly before 9/11. When he moved to California we exchanged greetings a couple of times, while he was recovering from his injuries. I will truly miss his wit.
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8 December 2022 at 04:32
I learned of Bill’s death only today, December 7, 2022. I am saddened at the loss of my friend, who was a friend to all, but I am comforted to know that Bill is now in that most wonderful place which is reserved for all who know and love Jesus. Bill would be happy to know of others who have also come to know Jesus.
8 December 2022 at 04:34
For some reason my full name did not appear in the reply above. It is Bob Rolls.
29 January 2023 at 02:39
I was honored to meet Winnie today at your home along with my husband John. We thank you WJC for your service and wish we would have been able to meet you before your next journey.
24 May 2023 at 23:12
I just found your email today. I met Bill 2019 over a dating site. We were never romantic but good friends.
He shared a lot with me and I’d be happy to share some of what he shared with me. Also please let me know if there’s a way I can access Pool of Thought. It seems it’s been deleted. If anyone is thinking of compiling it into a book I’d be happy to help.