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Charles R. Cummings


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Charles R. Cummings Obituary
Brattleboro - Charles R. Cummings, 87, a well-known attorney and town dignitary, died unexpectedly June 12 at his home in Brattleboro. Throughout his life, Chuck graced any occasion with sartorial splendor.

Chuck, or Charlie (as he was known in his younger years), was born in Fall River, MA January 17, 1930. He was the son of Ethel H. and Joseph W. Cummings. He was educated at St. George's School in Middletown, RI, Hobart-William Smith College in Geneva, NY, and BU Law School. He earned his law degree in 1956.

He moved to Windham County, Vermont after law school to help college roommate Peter Ash build the Sitzmark ski resort in Dover. Shortly after, he joined John G. Kristensen and practiced law with him in Brattleboro at the firm of Kristensen Cummings until retirement in 2008. At the closing of his practice of 50 years, Chuck was quoted as saying, "They say life goes on and it does. That's the way life is." At many points, Chuck's advice to his many friends and family was, "you have to roll with the punches."

Active locally, regionally, and nationally, Chuck helped incorporate organizations such as Rescue Inc. and Winston Prouty Center. He was dedicated to strengthening education, serving on and often leading boards such as The Brattleboro School Board, The Frances Hicks School, and the School for International Training. In the mid 1980's, he was elected chair of the board of trustees at the University of Vermont.

Among Chuck's many legal association leaderships, he was president of the Vermont and New England Bar Associations and a member of the board of Governors of the American Bar Association. Through his service to the ABA, he was able to travel far and wide with his beloved wife of 46 years, Ann. With Ann, he was a life-long Republican and supported many area campaigns. Although not always on the same side of the aisle with some, he would offer to "sit down and talk about it", said good friend and fellow lawyer Timothy J. O'Connor, Jr.

He was happy to serve many boards and organizations such as Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Grace Cottage, Mutual Aid/Thompson House, Community Chest/United Way, Kiwanis, Rotary, Brattleboro Country Club, Brattleboro Planning Commission, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Vermont Community Foundation, New England Youth Theater, and the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber named Chuck Person of the Year in 1990.

With his late wife, he was an active communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro, serving for many years on the Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee. At St. Michaels, he married the love of his life, Ann Hedges Cummings, in 1960. She predeceased him in 2006, after a long and saddening decline of health. Chuck was utterly and tenderly devoted to his amazing wife and their children.

Chuck was a self-described people person, centering first and foremost on his family. He leaves one brother, David (Jean). He leaves three sons, John "Chip" Cummings, Robert Cummings (Derek Schroeder), and Peter Cummings (Jill).

Chuck's life took on profound joy at the birth of his granddaughter Abigail Rose Cummings in 2014. He is survived by his sister-in- law Carroll H. Dawson (James) and several cousins, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers Joseph (Louise), John, and Richard (Mildred).

SERVICES: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church with burial to follow in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery.

Calling hours will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the Mass. A reception at the Brattleboro Country Club will be held from 1-4 pm to celebrate Chuck's life in the manner in which he celebrated the richness of life and his many friends and family.

To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com

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Published in Brattleboro Reformer from June 22 to June 28, 2017
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