Obituary of Thomas Edward Cummings
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Age 89, of Goodrich, formerly of Okeechobee, Florida, died Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Grand Blanc. In accordance with Tom's wishes, cremation will take place. A private burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date; with Military honors conducted by the United States Navy. Expressions of sympathy may be considered by visiting Tom's tribute page at martinfuneralhome.com.
Tom was born in Atlas Township, on November 14, 1930, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace "Buster" and Nina (Hood) Cummings; growing up on the family's farm better known as The Dutch Rd. Turkey Farm, he learned the value of taking pride in your work. These same values he learned as a boy were passed down from generation to generation. Shortly after graduating high school, Tom was enlisted into the United States Navy during the Korean War, proudly serving as a Gunner's Mate on the USS Daly from September 27, 1951, until receiving his honorable discharge on September 26, 1955. While docked in Charlestown, Boston, he met, fell in love with, and married Marjorie Mae Brown in 1953. During his tour as a "tin can sailor," Tom, earned numerous citations and campaign ribbons, including a circumnavigate the globe plaque. Upon returning to civilian life, Tom would begin working for General Motors Parts Division Supplier in Swartz Creek, retiring as a supervisor in the 1990’s. After retirement, Tom took a 2-week fishing trip to Okeechobee, Florida, that ended up lasting 35 years. Tom was quick-witted, with a hilarious sense of humor; wherever he went, Tom was the center. He was a long-time member of the VFW Hall Big Lake Post #10539 in Okeechobee, Florida, and the Okeechobee Moose Lodge #1753. He was a passionate fisherman who lived at his fishing camp in Grind Stone, Michigan for many years. Tom also loved golfing, spending time at Hank & Don's in Swartz Creek, and the BullRing Sports Grille in Goodrich, watching sports, especially football, baseball, and college football. Tom was a beer enthusiast who loved making people laugh.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Sam "Sambo" Cummings, of Flushing, Susie Cummings, of Revere, MA., and George Cummings, of Cambridge, MA.; granddaughter, Allie Thompson, and fiancé, Brennan Rowe; great-grandchildren: Landon, Brentley, and Hudson; special cousins, and co-caregivers: Pam and Tom Broecker; sisters-in-law: Joyce and Betty Cummings; dear friend and former wife, Marjorie "Peggy" Cummings of Somerville, MA; and special-friend, Barb Harris.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents: four brothers: Duane, Jim, George, and John, and his grandson, Barry Cummings.