William Llewellyn "Bill" Cover Jr.
1940 - 2020
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March 3, 1940 - March 18, 2020 Bill was born in Pasadena, and raised in San Bernardino, CA, just over 80 years ago to Dr. William L. Cover and Carolyn Merrill Cover and was the 2nd of 4 brothers: Tom (deceased), Bill, Chuck, and John. Bill is survived by his dear wife and inseparable companion Anne; along with his remaining two brothers and their growing families. Bill and Anne have continued the family's long tradition of annual Reunions and Thanksgivings for the extended family by hosting events in Santa Barbara, La Jolla, and Mission Beach, CA. In recent years Bill and Anne lived in La Quinta during the winter and spent summers with their grandchildren in Santa Barbara. Bill was a true sportsman and competitor. He was the Captain of the Pacific HS basketball team, held their record for best free throw percentage, played on the freshman basketball team at Stanford, and played for years in competitive San Diego City leagues. In 2016, after many years as a nationally top ranked tennis player, San Bernardino City Champion, winner of the Pacific Southwest, etc., Bill won the National Hard Court Championships (75's). He and Anne also came in 3rd in the National Husband & Wife (140's) Grass Court Championships. For the last 25 years Bill and Anne have explored remote regions of the world on annual hiking adventures. Bill was the Student Body President and Salutatorian at Pacific High School. He went on to Stanford University, joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and graduated in 1962 majoring in Political Science. Bill was in the Marine Corps Reserves at Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia. For the next 20 years he worked for IBM and later at Xerox as Branch and Regional Manager. He left in 1982 to form Cover Brothers Development Company with his brother John. Bill continued to remain active in various forms of real estate with his wife throughout the rest of his life. His most satisfying achievement was assembling and selling the land that allowed the Grand Champion tennis tournament to remain in Indian Wells. "A Celebration of Life" is in planning for the appropriate future. Pictures, remembrances, and updates can be found on our public Facebook group, "Remembering Bill Cover" (https://www.facebook.com/groups/205710130683833/).

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2020.
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July 27, 2020
What a great guy and athlete. I knew him at Xerox in Dallas where he was always upbeat, willing to offer great advice and was just a great human being. Later I ran into him in Palm Springs and hit with him on a number of occasions. He was probably the most fit tennis player I've ever hit with. Bill liked long warm-ups and I was always gassed before we started to play two out of three sets, which he won on almost ever time we played. He will be missed.
Jim Erickson
July 26, 2020
Not just a great competitor, but a genuinely nice guy. He was a credit to our senior and super senior tennis circuit, and I, and all of us who played with and against him will miss him. Best to Anne and the family.
Dr. Gene Waters
March 30, 2020

I am stunned and so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man and such a great companion for you. I send condolences to you and your family.
Suzi Cohen
March 30, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's death. I found Bill to be a simply wonderful man and companion for you. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Suzi Cohen
March 29, 2020
Dear Bill,
You were my dear friend through life, from the 5th grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in San Bernardino, through Arrowview Junior High and Pacific High School, sharing the sweet and poignant experiences of adolescence, in Student Council with Dr. Bailey, those basketball games where you led the team, Homecoming and finally Graduation and the exciting all night celebrations...!

Then like the interweaving of a tapestry with both bright and deeper colors, our lives intersected through contact and distance. You were always a kind, gentle, serious and funny soul, and when Anne came into your life, she completed you. She was your professional partner, your wife, your best friend, and your fellow explorer, discovering the wonders of many parts of the world, from Romania to the Cotswolds, in your hiking trips, as well as building your successful businesses together.

Your passion and great talent for tennis anointed you as best in your class for many years as you excelled nationally on the courts, and delighted in the game. John and I enjoyed our weekend visits together both at our home and yours, and the long and always interesting conversations from travel to politics to personal dreams and successes we spoke of....

And always, your zest for living, your love of family and friends filled and strengthened your life with warmth, love, and much laughter. You left us much too soon, but you will live on in our loving memories and continue to always hold a strong and constant place in our hearts,...
Much love in sadness,
Your friend,
Susan Lovell (McLaughlin) Ph.D
March 29, 2020
Kenneth Gibson
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