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Patrick Paul Cummings

February 4, 1928 March 7, 2020
Patrick Paul Cummings
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Obituary for Patrick Paul Cummings

Patrick Paul Cummings of Novi, formerly of Canadian Lakes and the Lansing, Michigan area was born February 4, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to Patrick Paul and Mary Aileen (nee: McDonough) Cummings. He died March 7, 2020 at the age of 92.

Mr. Cummings is the beloved husband of 65 years to Julia Ann (nee: Downer) Cummings. Loving father of Kathleen (Gary) Fish, Lori (John) Michael, Susan (Mike) Palmiter and the late Timothy P. Cummings. Grandfather of Tim, Patricia, Stephen, Kristina, Michael, Meaghan, Brian, Caitlin, Colleen and Rose. He is also survived by 11 great grandchildren and his brother Owen (Ruth) Cummings. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Patrick grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the oldest of 5 boys. At the age of 12, he became the first Cummings to travel west of the Mississippi when he began school at a Passionist seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Pat said he received an excellent education at seminary, but not a Call to the priesthood.

Pat attended the University of Detroit, later transferring to Assumption College at the University of Windsor. Sunday evenings, he’d return to a boarding house where he lived during the week, carrying a carton of American cigarettes to pay as rent to his Canadian landlady! While at Assumption, Pat became a 155-pound lineman, #38 on the football team!

In 1950, with a bachelor’s degree in History in hand, Pat returned home to wait for a letter from “Uncle Sam”. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Korea from 1950-1951. His brother Jack was stationed nearby, and they had an adventure or two together in South Korea!

Pat returned home and worked as a dispatcher at Socony Mobil Oil Company. In 1953, he met Julie Downer, who became the love of his life, in the “Mary Mixers” – a young adult social and service group at St. Mary of Redford Church. Pat and Julie remained life-long friends with many of their fellow Mary Mixers.

Pat and Julie married in 1954, moved into their first home, and soon began a family. Pat returned to school, earning his teaching certification and master’s degree from the University of Detroit. He was a school counselor and history teacher at Allen Park Junior High, but with a growing family (Kathy 1955, Lori 1956, Tim 1960, and Susan 1961), he also worked several other jobs. In 1966, Pat and Julie moved to the Lansing-area and Pat began work at the Michigan Department of Education as Director of the new Guaranteed Student Loan program. He helped build a successful program and had an outstanding career, retiring in 1988. Pat would say he never “worked” a day in his life because he loved what he did so much that it wasn’t work! That ever-present positive attitude defined Pat.

In 1992, Pat and Julie moved to Canadian Lakes, where they would spend the next 20-plus years enjoying retirement together. They spent most of the year in Michigan and winters in Florida. Pat spent as much time as he could on the golf course – when he and Julie weren’t busy traveling the world! Their travels included 5 trips to Ireland, trips to Russia and Turkey, all but 2 European countries, cruises through the Caribbean, Greek islands, and Alaska, and several trips to Disney World with many of the grandchildren!

In their 65-years together, Pat and Julie were blessed with much love, 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, good careers and material comforts. They also knew the hardships of life. In 2003, their son, Tim, passed away. Their love for each other, family and friends, and faith in God carried them through.

A remembrance of Pat would not be complete without mentioning that he was thoroughly Irish! Proud of his heritage, he sang many an Irish rebel song and a few good Irish drinking songs over the years. He also never passed a piano (anywhere in the world) without playing and singing “Pistol Packing Mama”! Patrick was the most positive person you could ever meet. Even as he faced physical challenges, limitations, and pain these last few years, Pat remained optimistic and shared his positive attitude with everyone he met. As he always said, “I’m better than I was yesterday but not as good as I’ll be tomorrow.” That included the “tomorrow” he knew would come when he would go home to his Father in heaven. He is enjoying that “better tomorrow” now.

Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church, 531 Common Street Walled Lake Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11 AM (In State 10:30 AM). Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Sunday, March 15, 2020 5-8 PM (Rosary 7 PM). Memorials to God’s Helping Hands, 8944 50th Ave. Remus, MI 49340 or St. Vincent DePaul at St. William Parish appreciated.

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Visitation

Sunday

15

Mar

5:00 PM 3/15/2020 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/15/2020 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Rosary

Sunday

15

Mar

7:00 PM 3/15/2020 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

16

Mar

10:30 AM 3/16/2020 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/16/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

16

Mar

11:00 AM 3/16/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States
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