With a broken heart I must report the news that NALC Letter Carrier Don Cummings has passed away on Saturday after a sudden illness. Don served Manchester NH Merged Branch 44 as a Branch Trustee and Union Steward proudly representing the Somersworth Letter Carriers. Don was unmatched in his caring towards family and friends and his strong solidarity with his brothers and sisters in the labor movement. I can not overstate his kindness.
Don received the call on the severity of his health ordeal as he was packing his golf clubs and getting ready to head to the NH Letter Carrier State Convention a few weeks ago.
Don was an accomplished golfer but while taking part in the NH Letter Carrier MDA Annual Golf Tournament he would often welcome newcomers to the game of golf to his team to show them how enjoyable his favorite sport could be. This would preclude any chance Don had from winning most prizes but he made friends for life by being so welcoming.
His amazingly quick wit and infectious laughter won him many admirers . I find it hard to think of a place I went with him where we did not run into somebody that didn’t both know him and respect him. All his friends share that same sentiment. His nickname of “The Mayor” was quite appropriate.
His unparalleled ability to keep everything in life in perspective is a trait many constantly marveled at. All of us in the union movement strive for that skill – he mastered it.
On his last days on this planet he was explaining to those close to him about the importance of union members protecting their rights and standing together. We all have to remember we are brothers and sisters .
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 26 years Cindy and daughter Jess their strength through this ordeal has been an inspiration to everyone. As well as his parents John and Carol Cummings and his brother Dave (a NALC Branch 44 Carrier and former NALC Branch 1001 President) Don often spoke glowingly of Jess and their father/daughter relationship was heartwarming.
The fact that they had a truly special husband and father was reinforced a few years ago when on one cold December night after delivering his mail route he declared they would not be celebrating Christmas in their family that year. Instead he wanted to direct that money anonymously to a customer on his mail route who was suffering through some very difficult times. It was a typical selfless act from a person so many people admired.
He will be greatly missed by many people in words I can not attempt to write.
Friends are invited to call Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 3 at the Parish of the Assumption, St. Mary Church, corner of Chestnut & Third Street with the Very Rev. Aggie Jean, V.F., pastor as celebrant, Rev. Mark Rideout will also take part in the funeral service. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.Family flowers only and memorials in his name may be made to: Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, N.H. 03820 or the charity of one’s choice