George D. Cunningham

George Cunningham, beloved husband and uncle,  passed away peacefully at his home on April 10, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sylvia Cunningham, and his nieces, Liane Frank, Lori Hervantine, and Lisa Vandesteeg.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Wilson and his brother Charles Cunningham.

George was born to Nell and Charles Cunningham in 1940 and was raised on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. He attended Daniel Webster Elementary, Polytechnic High School, and San Francisco State University where he majored in business administration. He was drafted into the military in 1963, trained at Fort Ord and while he was stationed at Tacoma, Washington met his future wife Sylvia. Throughout his life, he had a deep and abiding respect for the military and for the people who served our country. When he returned to the Bay Area, he joined the United States Postal Service where he had a long and distinguished career in management  at the Regional Headquarters in San Bruno and then at the East Bay Sectional Center in Oakland. He became Postmaster of the Danville Post Office in 1991. He retired in 1999 and kept in touch with the many life-long friends he made throughout his career.

George and Sylvia moved to Alameda in 1981, a town and its people they quickly grew to love. George was a faithful forty-niner fan, enjoyed jazz and 50’s music, loved to travel and to cruise. He enjoyed anything electronic, cars, and working in the yard. He will be deeply missed by their many friends and his family. 

He received last rites on April 22, 2020 at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Francisco. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Francisco or to the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. May his memory be eternal.