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Albert Cummings III

1930 - 2010 WILLIAMSTOWN Albert James Cummings III, 79, of 804 North Hoosac Rd., Williamstown, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

Born in Williamstown on April 1, 1930, son of Albert J. Cummings Jr. and Ruth Hickox Cummings, he graduated from Williamstown High School with the class of 1948. He served as a communication sergeant and tank commander for the Army during the Korean Conflict with the 25th Reconnaissance Co. of the 25th Infantry. He was decorated with the Bronze Service Stars, National Defense medal and the U.N. Korean Service Ribbon.

He was a third generation contractor and built many fine homes in Williamstown and surrounding area. He was an accomplished guitar player until 1991 when he was stricken with a major stroke. He performed with his own band and many other bands in the area, including the Hinsdale Home Club, where he played with Fran LaRoche, Howie Malaney and Hank Bak. He was a member of the Williamstown Lodge of Masons in Williamstown and was a member of the Williamstown American Legion Post #152. He was the past president of the Williamstown Lions Club, a member of the Eastern Draft Horse Assoc. and enjoyed draft horse competitions at local fairs. He also raised Belgian Horses.

He leaves his wife, Joan Kopischke Cummings, whom he married Sept. 11, 1955; three daughters, Bonnie Haig and her husband, Pete, of New Ashford, Susan Anderson of New Ashford, Kathy Karlsen and her husband, Glen, of South Florida and Albert J. Cummings IV and his wife, Christina, of Williamstown; eight grandchildren, Sawyer, Walker, Brady and Mackenzie Haig, Bryan and Donald Anderson and Carter and Taylor Cummings.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy McGraw.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will take place Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown. Burial will follow with full military honors in Westlawn Cemetery, Williamstown. Calling Hours at the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorial Donations are suggested for the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington,VT.



Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 29, 2010
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