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Richard Arthur Cummings, Jr.

April 18, 1944 ~ March 12, 2022 (age 77)


Richard Arthur Cummings, 77, of Carolina Shores, NC passed away at his home with beloved family be his side.

Born in Lowell, MA on April 18, 1944, Richard was a son of the late Richard and Eileen Dunlavey McLaughlin Cummings. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dennis McLaughlin, Jimmy McLaughlin, sisters, Patricia Cummings, Virginia Rizzitelli.

Richard came to Bridgeport Connecticut at a young age.  He met his wife and lifelong partner Maria Angelina Cummings at Sorrento Importing Co.  They married on Sept 1st,1969. Richard joined the United States Marine Corps. and served in Fox Company 2nd Battalion 3rd Marine Division as an artillery forward observer in Vietnam. His unit was attached to both Apha and Bravo Battery of 1st Battalion 12th Marine Division. He then joined the Bridgeport Police Department in (1970) and earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Connecticut State University.   He rose thru the ranks retiring as a Captain in 1990. Richard & Maria became members of Saint Brendan’s Church, Shallotte, North Carolina; he was a lifelong member of the VFW, American Legion, and Elks. He loved riding his motorcycle and playing golf, he also loved playing poker, once winning the gold medal at Law Enforcement Poker Olympics in Las Vegas. 

Surviving are his beloved wife of fifty-two years, Maria Angelina Pennachia Cummings of Carolina Shores; sons, John Cummings and wife Tracy of Oxford, CT, Michael Cummings of Norwalk, CT, Richard Cummings, III, Calabash, NC; a daughter, Maria Cummings of Calabash, NC; he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Lindsay Curran, Shayla Cummings, Liam Cummings, Michael Cummings and Bryson Cummings; a cousin, John Sullivan, Lawrence, MA; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 9, 2022 in the St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Bridgeport, Ct. Following the Mass a veterans celebration of life will be held at Noon, at Port 5, 69 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, CT 06605 with military honors. 

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Michael J Fulwood Funeral Service Licensee, 910-471-5441

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Memorial Mass
April 9, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
170 Thompson Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Celebration of Life
April 9, 2022

12:00 PM
69 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, CT 06605

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