William Peyton Cunningham Jr.,
It is with great sadness that the family of William Peyton Cunningham Jr., Bill, announces his passing on Monday afternoon after a valiant battle. He was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend who loved helping everyone.
Bill was born in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania. He graduated high school in Pennsylvania where he played football. His family moved to Pebble Beach where Bill attended Monterey Peninsula College. There he met his wife Gloria. He was a handsome football player and she was a beautiful song girl, and they were a lovely couple. He was a great football player, and was offered a scholarship to UCLA, but his father who was a Yale professor was not in support and wanted him to focus on academics. Instead Bill attended Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Every weekend he would take a bus back to school and Gloria would drive her car behind him waving for as long as she could. They were married on Sept. 18, 1955. Bill became a real estate appraiser where he won numerous awards. He was a member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and President of the Mission Chapter. He became head of the Appraisal Department at Great Western Savings and Loan where he worked for almost 30 years. He was always helping people, and because of his associations, he was able to help people acquire loans for large projects that became very successful. He took interest in his local community and helped the Almaden Valley Gymnastics Club when they were having trouble obtaining a loan. Bill stepped in and was able to help the club acquire a loan so many young girls and boys were able to continue their sport for years to come. Bill was active in the Optimist Club and the Foundry which helped at-risk youth. He loved sports, and he enjoyed helping the kids develop their talent and focus their energy in a positive way through their athletic ability. He worked to help them get scholarships and into good schools. Bill loved history, western movies, reading, white water rafting, and animals. Bill enjoyed attending all sports activities and events of his children and grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved being there for his family.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Gloria; devoted children Cathy (Bob) Aita of San Jose, Cindy (Merritt) Yohnka of Los Angeles, and Bruce (Stacey) of North Carolina and grandchildren, Laura of San Diego, Matt and Jason of San Jose, Emily, Steven and Garrett of Los Angeles, and Max, Brooke, Heather and Gigi of North Carolina. His loving and generous ways will be forever missed.
There will be a private family service at Los Gatos Memorial Park where he will be laid to rest.
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.