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CUMMER, William Jackson (Bill)
July 6, 1922 - May 7, 2013
In his 91 years, oilman Bill Cummer nurtured a remarkable array of friendships through his achievements in business and community service. Long before "globally competitive" became a buzz-word, Bill helped transform a small Calgary drilling company into a multi- national enterprise.
Following a medical discharge from the army in 1943, he found work in the oil patch as a payroll clerk for a small drilling company, General Petroleum of Canada. The business grew and evolved and so did his career. From 1976 he directed the global operations of Westburne International Drilling Ltd. from his home in Bermuda.
While working in Leduc in the late 1940s, he met Marion Murray of Edmonton, and the two eloped to California. That trip began a lifetime of travel for Bill and Marion, and the two explored the world together, including a trip to China in 1981 to help promote the American Stock Exchange.
After his retirement as Vice Chairman of Westburne, Bill and Marion returned to Calgary in 1990 where he resumed his work with charitable organizations, especially the Optimist Club of Calgary, where he was a member for over 50 years. He helped charter many Optimist Clubs in Alberta.
As sidelines, Bill embarked on several business ventures of his own, including part ownership of Elkana Ranch in Bragg Creek, Alta.
Bill was a quiet, private and gentle man - and a gentleman - well respected for his ethics and acumen, and beloved for his wisdom and sense of humour. Following a brief illness, he died quietly in his home, in the company of his family.
Bill was predeceased by his first wife Barbara (Nadeau), his beloved Marion, and is mourned by: his children Allen (Jan DeGrass), Don, Diane (David Wigington), Denise (Dolph) and Dean (Mark O'Neill); his grandchildren Jeffery Cummer, Daniel Cummer, William Cummer (Katie), Matthew Cummer, Jacob Cummer, Stephen MacDonald (Ashley), Cameron MacDonald (Patty), Melissa Bottoms (Kyle), Mike Dolph; and great- grandchildren Seanna, Fox, Charlotte, and Abigail, as well as family friend Verna Mae Gannon.
A public visitation will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16. Funeral service will be held at Lakeview United Church, 3023 - 63 Avenue S.W., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be directed to the Optimist Club William J. Cummer Scholarship Fund by cheque to The Calgary Foundation, Suite 700, 999 - 8th Street SW, Calgary, Alta., T2R 1J5, or online at www.thecalgaryfoundation.org.

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Published in National Post on May 11, 2013.
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June 10, 2013
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father.
John and Marie Nylund, Sundre, Alberta
May 28, 2013
I was very sad to hear about Bill's passing this morning. I was lucky enough to have met him last year after winning the Optimist Club William J. Cummer Scholarship for 2012. It was a pleasure getting to know him and his family. I'll always be grateful for the kindness he showed me and my husband that night and his generosity.

My deepest sympathy's to you all.

Nicole MacInnis
Nicole MacInnis
May 21, 2013
We are very sorry to hear of your loss, your parents were wonderful clients of ours, your dad always had a story to tell Gabe, he was a huge influence in our lives. Our sincerest condolences
Gabe & Pam Arbic
May 17, 2013
Denise and Family... I am so sorry to hear of your Father's passing.
May God comfort and give you peace.
God Bless
Pat Hall
May 15, 2013
Denise and the entire Cummer family; Deb and I were so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Even though we were a long ways apart and really didn't get to know him well until the last few years, he was a dear friend and we will miss him terribly. Our condolences to you and your family.
Lyle and Debbie Merriam
May 15, 2013
Dear Don and family sorry, w'ere close to you these days difficult,Uncle Bill was a loved one,you are lucky to have had your father all these years by. Sincere condolences to of you Love Michele& Alfia.
Michele & Alfia Motta
May 14, 2013
Don, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. I'd like to send condolences to you and your brothers and sisters. I have fond memories of selling nuts door to door for charity with your Dad leading us on when we were kids and who could forget deep sea fishing in Bermuda. Your Dad lived a great life.
Kevin O'Brien
May 13, 2013
Thinking of you Don and Jacob at this difficult time, may your memories fill you hearts with joy.
Andrea Freed
May 13, 2013
Denise, Jan and I are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You were so fortunate to spend so many wonderful years with him.
Greg Gavelin
May 13, 2013
Dean, Denise and family, my thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. I still have may fond memories of the time spent at the Cummer house.
Rob Jepson
May 13, 2013
Denise, Diane and family, we are so sorry about the loss of your dad. We have lots of memories of him, particularly at Elkana! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Pam & Rob Pritchard, Wayne and Sheila McDougall.
Pam Pritchard
May 13, 2013
On behalf of everyone at ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured) please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your wonderful Dad and Grampa. Bill was on our board of directors for several years and remained a good friend even after he retired from the board. Bill was a kind and caring man and we will miss him. Judy Stawnychko on behalf of staff and board at ARBI.
Judy Stawnychko
May 13, 2013
Thinking of you Don, Dean and family. Your dad sounds like he was an incredible person. I know he must have been so proud of his children.
May 12, 2013
My sincerest condolences Don. He was an inspirational man.
Chris Dunham
May 12, 2013
Don, Please accept my deepest sympathy and pass my wishes on to your family. You were lucky to have had the company of this remarkable man for such a long time. You are in my thoughts today.
Jinny
May 12, 2013
My deepest sympathies to you Dean and your family. Your Dad sounded like am amazing and accomplished man. Our thoughts are with you.
Catherine & Alex
Catherine Hall
May 11, 2013
Don, I am so sorry about your loss. I will be forever thankful that Bill and Marion were there to help when I most needed a friendly smile. My heart is with you in this time of sorrow.
Tina Dulguerov
May 11, 2013
Don, je connais la douleur de perdre son père. Elle est tellement forte qu'aucun mot ne peut réellement l'exprimer. je ne peux donc te dire que "toutes mes condoléances" et t'assurer de mon soutien amical ainsi qu'à toute ta famille.
Chantal Huneault
May 11, 2013
I learned a life lesson today upon hearing about my dad's first cousin Bill's passing. Never let your work make you miss a loved one's 90th birthdsy celebration. One of the few regrets of my life! Us R.P. Cummers will be with you in heart & soul if not in person, dear family. Onward & upward, Bill!
Laurie Cummer
May 11, 2013
Don
So sorry to learn of the loss of your father. My sympathy to you and your family.
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