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Former Wiilmette resident Bill Cunningham, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in July, greets friends and fans outside the Rock House with his wife, Mickie (right), on Aug. 29. Photos by Rhonda Holcomb/22nd Century Media
Cunningham (center), who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in July, plays “The Hobo’s Last Letter” with friend Scott Ford (left).
Neil Milbert, Staff Writer
9:45 am CDT September 20, 2017

For one last time, Bill Cunningham wanted to play his guitar and mandolin — and sing as he strummed.

Every seat in the Rock House was occupied and there were people standing when the 65-year-old Glenview man stepped onto the stage on Aug. 29 to put on a bittersweet nostalgic performance.

It was touching and inspirational, and true to the best traditions of show business; Cunningham left them smiling when he said goodbye. The heavy hearts felt a little bit lighter and the night seemed a little bit brighter.