Richard J. Cummings, West Scranton, died Saturday morning at the Mercy Hospital Hospice Unit after an illness. His wife of 58 years is the former Ann Coyne.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Francis Cummings and Nora Philbin Cummings, he was a graduate of St. Ann's High School and earned a degree in English from the University of Scranton. He was a lifelong member of St. Ann's Basilica, where he served as an usher at the annual Novena for many years. He spent his professional career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service and he was a switchman for the Erie-Lackawanna/Conrail Railroad. After retiring, he worked for Sheeley's Drug Store, delivering prescriptions in the area. He was a member of the Irish-American Men's Association and local VFW posts. He was a Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific theater and participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 5th Marine Division.
He was an avid Notre Dame fan. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and having his family and friends around him.
Also surviving are seven children, Richard Cummings and wife, Gail, Schnecksville; Frank Cummings and wife, LuAnn, Southampton; Ned Cummings and wife, Angela, Schnecksville; Kevin Cummings and wife, Maggie, Bethlehem; Marie Cummings, Williamsport; Tim Cummings and wife, Lisa, Pocono Summit; and Karen Cummings Reese and husband, Dan Reese, Harrisburg; a sister, Mary Keegan, Scranton; 16 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Harold, Donald, Gerard and Francis; and a sister, Ann.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Basilica, St. Ann's Street, Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. Anyone planning to attend the funeral, other than immediate family and close relatives, are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Tuesday, 4 to 8 p.m., in the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home, 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann's Basilica Parish, 1250 St. Ann's St., Scranton, PA 18504.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 8, 2009