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,, 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 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.

Warm regards,

Winnie, Isabella, Alex, Gabriel, and the Cunningham Family