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Richard W. Cummings, 68

POWNAL, Vt. — Richard William Cummings, 68, of Pownal, Vt., died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at his home.

He was born in Williamstown, Mass., on February 8, 1950, son of Carroll H. Cummings and Jeannette Maude (Burdick) Cummings Jones. Dick attended Williamstown schools and graduated from Mount Greylock Regional High School with the class of 1968 where he was member of the varsity football team and track and field team.  Dick attended the University of Massachusetts, where he played varsity football and then signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots.

Dick was employed by Williams College in its athletic department for 35 years until his retirement in 2015. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church in South Williamstown. Dick enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was devoted to his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Lynn (Jones) Cummings, whom he married on September 10, 1977; one daughter, Melissa Ann Cummings of Pownal, Vt.; one son, Dustin Torrey Cummings and his wife, Janelle, of East Wallingford, Vt.; four grandchildren, Makaela Cummings, Areanna Cummings, Chloe Campbell and Bode Cummings; one aunt, Joan Burdick of Hancock, Mass.; thee cousins, Scott Burdick, Marc Burdick and Julie Snow.

Funeral notice: The funeral for Dick Cummings will be Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church, South Williamstown.  Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery.  

Calling hours at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapel, 521 West Main St., North Adams, Mass., are Wednesday, March 14, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Pownal Rescue Squad in care of the funeral home.


Obituary Provided By: Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals

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Dick was truly a great guy and friend! I consider myself fortunate to know him and share many memories of him through the years skiing, softball, fishing and just hanging out together. He was very pleasant and kind man who thought very highly of his family. He will truly be missed by everyone that had the opportunity to know him! We wish his family the best in this time of sorrow and know that their memories of him will always bring a smile as it does for me.
from: Walt Moreauon: 03-14-2018

Dick was a gentle and soft spoken guy. He was a hero to me and many of my closest friends. We admired his extraordinary strength and athletic prowess. I remember his dominance on the football field. I loved watching him play at the Astro Blue Bonnet Bowl in 1969. I remember former Williams College football coach, Bib Odell telling me that “The strongest guy on this team is in the equipment room” - Referring to Dick. He will be missed.
from: Alan Georgeon: 03-14-2018

My heart filled with incredible sadness this morning when I read about Richards passing. My sincere sympathy to the Cummings family for your tremendous loss. I grew up in South Williamstown, worked at the Five-Corners Store when the Cummings operated it and knew the family well. Richard “Dickie” to us growing up was an awesome individual. I will always remember him skiing at Brodie Mt, MGRHS Foot Ball, U-Mass Football, and some mischievous antics that I won’t mention but will always remember with a little laugh and smile for Dickie. You are all in my prayers.
from: Micky Mitchellon: 03-13-2018

so sorry for your loss, I will pray for Dick, he was my husbands cousin. Prayers to family and may God Bless All.
from: Marge Daniels ( Richard)on: 03-12-2018

Please accept my sincere condolences. Dickie was a great guy. I regret he has left us so early and thoughts and prayers to his family. God Bless Dickie!
from: Carl Villanuevaon: 03-12-2018

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