Richard Mark Cummins (Skip) late of Chestermere, AB, passed away suddenly, in his sleep, of a massive heart attack on September 25, 2020, at the age of 63. He is survived by his loving partner, Gail Smith; daughter, Carleen McKinley Cummins, his son, Mark Cummins; Gail’s son, Tyler (Chrissy) Smith, grandchildren Reese and Emmitt Smith; brothers David (Ellen) Cummins, and Ken Cummins as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Marjory and Ralph Cummins, and sisters, Karen and Trudy Cummins.
Skip was born on January 6, 1957, in London, ON. He was an avid hockey enthusiast and played Junior B with the London Diamonds, and Sr. AAA with the London Kings. He later moved on to coaching in St. Thomas, ON, and became the Asst. Coach of The London Knights of the OHL. Early in life he got into the fasteners and screws business and built himself up to the successful sales and paint businesses he owns today.
He loved his sports, so if he wasn’t selling screws, he was on the golf course with his best buddies, gambling on every hole. When he wasn’t golfing, he’d be watching BlueJays baseball or the Calgary Flames. He was an avid fan and loved attending the games. He and Gail followed the BlueJays around the country and was the proud owner of Flames and BlueJays jerseys, hats, T-shirts, and anything else with a logo. He loved to travel and spent many winter vacations with Gail in Mexico, Palm Springs, and Arizona. He was the life of the party and one of the kindest and most generous people you will ever meet.
He treasured his children, and enjoyed their get-togethers often. Hockey and baseball games entered a new era when Reese and Emmitt started playing. He hated to miss their games too and always wanted to live life to the fullest. He will be sadly missed by his family and numerous friends.
A Celebration of Life Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm, at Lakeside Golf Club, 555 Lakeside Greens Dr., Chestermere, AB. Flowers are most gratefully declined, however, should friends desire, contributions may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Please be aware of the Covid-19 Regulations as put forth by the Gov’t of Alberta. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca