MANCHESTER - Osmond Richard "Dick" Cummings, 89, of Manchester died Jan. 15, 2013, at Catholic Medical Center.
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He was born in Newburyport, Mass., on May 17, 1923.
He was the son of Orrin E. and Mary (Audley) J. Cummings and was a resident of the Newburyport-Amesbury-Salisbury, Mass., area for more than 30 years.
He was a 1940 graduate of Amesbury High School, attended Bates College for two years and graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, now Bentley College, in 1948. He was employed by the Newburyport Daily News as a reporter from 1948 to 1956 when he joined the newsroom staff of the New Hampshire Union Leader.
He was a copy editor at the time of his retirement in January 1987.
Cummings served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years during World War II and in the U. S. Navy for nearly a year during the Korean war. He was a member of Manchester Post 79, American Legion; Washington Lodge, 61, F &AM, and the Manchester Historic Association.
As an avocation, Cummings wrote and published many histories of the New England street railway systems.
He was a longtime member of the New England Electric Railway Historical Society, Inc., owner of the Seashore Trolley Museum at Kennebunkport, Maine, and served a term as chairman of its board of trustees.
He also belonged to the 470 Railroad Club of Portland, Maine, Mass. Bay Division, Railroad Enthusiasts, the Boston & Maine Historical Society, the Boston Street Railway Association, the Central Electric Railfans Association, the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society, and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum lnc.
His nearest relatives are three first cousins.
SERVICES: There will be no calling hours or funeral, and his ashes will be scattered at the Seashore Trolley Museum after cremation.
Memorial donations may be made to the Endowment Fund of the New England Electric Railway Historical Society, lnc., P. O. Box A, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.
The McHugh Funeral Home of Manchester is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be offered at www.mchughfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on January 17, 2013