Robert A. Cummings 04/05/2013

Robert CummingsRobert A. Cummings
Robert A. Cummings, 72, of Morristown, died, April 5, 2013, at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. Calling hours will be at the, St. John’s Evangelist Church, Morristown, Tuesday, April 9, 9 – 11 am, the funeral service will follow at 11 am, Father Jay Seymour officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Eel Weir. Robert is survived his wife, Darlene, daughter Laurie Ann Cummings, Ogdensburg, step-daughter, April E. LeDuc, Brier Hill, a sister, Diane and her husband Bill Fraser, Ogdensburg, a brother, Thomas and his wife Pam Cummings, Colorado, grandchildren, Rhianna Chapin, Madison Stratten, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Scott A. Cummings. Robert was born on June 11, 1940 in Ogdensburg, the son of Harry and Mary Ruth Coppins Cummings. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1958 and attended ATC. He married Darlene Hierholzer, on December 11, 1999 at the Presbyterian Stone Church by the Reverend Thomas Patterson, a previous marriage to Sharon Mills ended in divorce. Robert was a Lieutenant in the Ogdensburg City Police Force until his retirement in May 1984, his law enforcement career extend over 30 years. He was a parishioner and a commissioned lay minister at St. John’s Evangelist Church, and a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed model railroading, motorcycling, photographing nature, fishing, and he liked visiting with people. He had a special devotion to Chaplet of Divine Mercy. He was a godparent to Adon Hunter. He loved his grandchildren and his pets, Gracie, Sugar Bear and Tucker. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to, St. John’s Evangelist Church, 508 Gouverneur St., Morristown, NY, 13664.

29 Responses to Robert A. Cummings 04/05/2013

  • Joe Brosk says:

    My deepest condolence. I always loved Bob’s laugh and his wry, sly way of looking at the world. It was such a pleasure to be one of “the bad kids” in our Formation class with him. He was a big man, but not big enough to hold all the love he had inside. That love was always spilling out to others, both friends & strangers. May the Angel of Consolation be with his family.

  • Sheila Rendon And Don Merritt says:

    Darlene,we are so very sorry.Much love,Sheila and Don

  • Lee and Bessie Flanders says:

    Bob will be missed by so many. He was a great guy. Our prayers are with you, Darlene, and the family.

    Think of falling asleep, waking up, and finding your home in heaven.
    Of breathing new air and finding it celestial.
    Of feeling healthy, invigorated and strong .
    Think of stepping on a shore and finding Our Lord Jesus Christ!
    Think of taking hold of a hand, and find you are holding the Hand of God.
    You now have life everlasting with filled with beauty, eternal love and peace.

  • Lee and Bessie Flanders says:

    Think of falling asleep, waking up, and finding your home in heaven.
    Of breathing new air and finding it celestial.
    Of feeling healthy, invigorated and strong .
    Think of stepping on a shore and finding Our Lord Jesus Christ!
    Think of taking hold of a hand, and find you are holding the Hand of God.
    You now have life everlasting with filled with beauty and eternal love and peace.

    We will miss you, Bob. Our heartfelt prayers are with Darlene and the family.

  • John Hockey says:

    Darlene, I’m sorry on the passing of your husband, My Prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

  • Pat Pratt says:

    Laurie,sorry about the passing of your dad. i remember how good you were to my mom .

  • Ned Hackett says:

    Our sympathies to Bob’s family. He is in our thoughts and prayers. Ogdensburg lost one of it’s finest. He should have been Chief.

  • Peg & Tom Gooshaw says:

    Darlene, Tom and I were shocked to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a nice man and will be missed by many.
    Someone once quoted a passage that reads: “Death is not extinguishing the light but putting out the lamp because the dawn has come”. May he rest in peace.

  • Peg & Tom Gooshaw says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. To quote a phrase someone once wrote: “Death is not extinguishing the light but putting out the lamp because the dawn has come”. May he rest in peace.

  • Chris Steinburg says:

    My deepest sympathy to everyone. Bob was a special friend to our family and was loved by all. Laurie Ann, big hug from all the Steinburg’s honey. Your dad was a very special man. Ogdensburg has lost one of our finest. He will be missed. Prayers to you all.

  • carolyn (perry) bjork says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.our thoughts and prayers are with family.carol& tim

  • David Pearson says:

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Robert’s passing. I grew up knowing him, the larger than life Police officer who just happened to be my father’s best friend. Having Bob stop by, for a coffee listening to him playing the piano and just loving life Later I knew him as an employee of New York State where he patrolled the grounds of Jacques State Park in the evenings and keeping a lid on the entire place single handedly! Friend to all who knew him, foe to those who chose to run a fowl of the law. His laughter, perspective on all matters in this life will be missed and this world is a lesser place without him. Perhaps, his legacy will be to those left behind is be a true friend, care for others and believe in the holy spirit Darlene I’m so sorry for your loss Dave & Cheryl Pearson.

  • David L. LaFave says:

    Laurie & Darlene, I was very saddened of hearing the loss of a Great father and husband. Bob, was a true man and a good friend of mine. This man was a great man that showed loyality and respect to everyone he had came in contact with in his life and on the Ogdensburg Police Force. Bob will be sadly missed by everyone and I know deeply how he will be missed by you Laurie because I knew how close you were with your dad.

    And he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.
    Revelation 21, 4

    Dave & Lisa LaFave

  • Bill Poole says:

    Dear family & friends of Bob,

    My sincere condolences in your loss. Chaplain Bill Poole, American Legion Post 264 (Ogdensburg native)

  • Ann Fenlong says:

    Darlene and family,

    I met Bob when he first moved to the Morristown area and attended church at St. John’s. He was a wonderful man so caring and full of laughter. He was there for my family during the passing of my husband, Mike. I am so glad that he and you found each other and were able to have several years together. We will all miss him.


  • Jane Hackett Backus says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Cummings. In the past year or so, I became accustomed to greeting him as we accompanied my dad to St. John’s for Mass, and I had the strangest sensation that I had met Mr. Cummings before…it was only in reading about his life that he was one of several Ogdensburg policemen who gently but firmly helped guide our Teen Center days…His voice was what really echoes in my memory…and his most hearty laugh…about two weeks ago, our mom was also present at Mass on Easter Sunday, when my younger sister, Eileen, added her name and that it was Mom’s birthday to the Mass Petitions, “age undisclosed”. Mom blamed Dad, Dad had no idea and I kept shaking my head that I was not to blame…Mr. Cummings thought our shenanighans were pretty funny…and of course he wished Mom a very Happy Birthday…

    Your family will be in my prayers…God bless you all with His Peace…

  • Kristin Kennedy says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kristin Kennedy

  • Mary Ellen Bracy Talarico says:

    My friend of 57 years has passed.So many memories flooding through my mind. He was a close friend of my father and a dear friend of mine.Darlene and Laurie and Diane-you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wish I were in NY to pay my respects.

  • Joe connell says:

    Bob and my dad were friends when my dad worked at ceder point state park.My dad had a heart attack and I found out later that he had told Bob to keep an eye on my family if something happened to him which he did. Bob had a great sense of humor,I will always remember at my dads funeral there was a military honor guard and the soldier in charge was having a hard time because it was his first time. And in a way only Bob could do he said You know you are burying an old army war horse you dont want him to come back and haunt you do you? The soldier snapped straight and said NO SIR! The rest of the service went off with out a hitch. Bob will be missed!

  • Stacie L. Perretta says:

    We are very sorry to recieve word of Bob’s passing. Mom, Dad and I are thinking of you all at this time of sorrow. You are all in our thouhgts and prayers. God Bless.
    Stacie Perretta
    Lee and Mary Thivierge

  • Maureen Missert says:

    Dear Darlene, I am so sorry to her about Bob. I wish I could offer my sincere sympathies in person, but we are out of town. I have such wondeful memories of your husband, both from my childhood and recent years when he worked at the golf course. He was a great friend of my Dad’s…the two of them had so many stories of City Court! I will think of him every time I hit one of those golf balls he gave me…and there was a couple hundred so he will be in my many thoughts! I am thinking of you too and wishing you comfort and peace. Love, Maureen

  • Alison Power says:

    Many years ago, as a reporter for the Ogdensburg Journal, one of my responsibilities was the “police beat.” Bob was lieutenant in the Ogdensburg force, and he was absolutely wonderful to work with — funny, and fair, and I like to think we were friends. I left the North Country and we lost touch. It was a sad shock to see his obituary. But I was heartened to read about a life that continued to be well lived, with family and friends and abundant happiness. He deserved it.

  • Eileen Faust says:

    Darlene, Laurie, Diane and family…….I cannot tell you the intense sorrow I felt upon hearing of Bob’s passing. He was a loyal friend, a man with a great ability to make people laugh and devoted to his family. I am grateful to have so many wonderful memories to cherish; how he showed up the day Bill and I brought our son home from the hospital and continued to act as a “godfather” to both of our children; his and Bill’s antics when they worked for the NYS Park Police together and their endless (but humorous) torture of one of their peers (and one of the toll workers as well!); middle-of-the night coffee breaks at our house (they always called ahead to see what I had baked); and how Bob would have to rock our now 24-year-old daughter back to sleep after she woke upon hearing them come in; summer picnics, river boat rides and his unending devotion to his Faith. There is no doubt that Heaven welcomed him with open arms. I send you all my deepest and sincere sympathy and love. May you be comforted knowing that Bob’s years on this earth were well-spent.

  • Angie Donnelly says:

    My Sincere Condolences To The Entire Cumming’s Family. Heaven has welcomed a Very Special Angel, An Amazing Man that served as a protector to many here on earth. Bob gave his heart, his WHOLE HEART, to helping people and spared them judgement. He was a man to be reckoned with but yet a gentle soul. I have had the HONOR of knowing this man most of my life, and he has guided me several times as a true friend, I will never forget endless talks around the kitchen table and his impeccable prescence. RIP, Mr. Bob Cummings – God Bless You and Your Family Always ..until we meet again Dear Friend.

  • Mary Allan says:

    Dear Darlene – I was so sorry to learn of Bob’s death. I did not realize until reading his obituary that he was the gentleman I knew from the Ogdensburg Police Force. And, a Gentleman he was. His voice and deep laughter at St. John’s must have pleased Our Lord. I am so glad you found each other. And, glad that you found me. I have felt a kinship since our experiencing cancer together. My deepest sympathy. Bob has found his peace and I hope that you can also. Fondly Mary Allan

  • andy Cuthbert and family says:

    sorry to here of Bob passing away. He was always a big help with any problem

  • andy Cuthbert and family says:

    sorry to here of Bob passing away. he will be missed, always willing to help

  • Carl Denecia says:

    My sympathy to Darlene and family for their loss. We have lost a great friend. A man larger than life who throughout his career and life cared for people and did his best to help them. I agree with Ned Hackett in that Bob should have been Chief. I will miss Bob’s caring ways and his full of life attitude.

  • Dick Loffler says:

    I am very sorry of the passing of Bob. I graduated with Bob at SMA. I played football with Bob also. We also bowled in high school. Bob was a good friend.
    I know what your family are going through, As my wife passed away Jan 16, 2011with cancer.

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