Richard D. Cummings, Jr.

Richard D. Cummings, Jr. “Rich”, age 54, of Wilmington, formerly of Reading, passed away unexpectedly on November 26, 2020, at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine with his wife and children by his side.

Rich was born in Norristown, PA, on January 26, 1966; he was the cherished son of Richard and the late Marie Cummings. Rich was raised and educated in Reading, MA and a graduate of Austin Prep. High School with the Class of 1984. Rich went on to further his education at Northeastern University in Boston where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1986, Rich married “his sweetheart” and best friend, Lisa Melaragni; the couple were inseparable and they shared many wonderful times together with their family and friends throughout the years. Rich and Lisa moved to Wilmington in 1991 where they raised three wonderful sons; they were Rich’s pride and joy. Rich was a very devoted and loving Dad; he was always there to support “his boys” and was very proud of their accomplishments. In recent months, Rich, became “Pops” to his grandson Henry whom he adored. Rich looked forward to the time he spent with Henry and was known to play hookie at work just to take care of his little guy.

Rich was someone who was generous with what he had; his door was always open to family and friends. Rich was the ultimate host who enjoyed throwing parties; he was known to be very charismatic and enjoyed being the Life of the party. Rich would lead the sing-a-longs always belting out the lyrics even if they were completely wrong; he just wanted everyone to have a good time. Rich also loved the time he spent with his family and friends at their summer home on Great East Lake in Acton, Maine; a beautiful setting where countless memories were made.

At his home in Wilmington, Rich, made holidays memorable; for many years he constructed a Haunted House in his garage where many kids enjoyed the frightful fun. “Mr. Christmas”, he was most famously known for the Christmas displays he constructed outside their home that brought people from near and far to drive slowly by and enjoy. It would most definitely put you in the Christmas spirit, excite the children and put a twinkle in their eye. Rich never seemed to care about how much work it was he just loved to make people happy.

Throughout the years, Rich, worked hard to provide for his family. He was quite an entrepreneur who used his knowledge and work ethic to create the Cummings Engineering Company. Rich’s endearing personality and vast knowledge made him quite successful; he was also willing to help others in the field and made many life-long friends.

In his spare time, Rich, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, weekends at the Lake in Maine and riding around in his yellow Camaro which he dubbed the “rumble bee”. Rich will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family and friends, his self-less spirit and ability to always be there to help anyone in need. Rich loved to have fun and made sure everyone around him had fun as well. Rich was certainly “one of a kind” and will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Rich was the beloved husband of Lisa (Melaragni) Cummings, devoted father of Richard Cummings III and his wife Kristen, Eric Cummings and his wife Sakara, and Joseph Cummings and his girlfriend Cassandra Haas all of Wilmington. He was the loving “Pops” of Henry Cummings, cherished son of Richard Cummings of Reading and the late Marie (Ciampa) Cummings, dear brother of Maria Cummings & her wife Jean Cummings and Gina M. Cummings & her husband Andrew J. Gioia, Jr. all of Wilmington. Son-in-law of Ben and Margaret Melaragni of Woburn, brother-in-law of Mary and Jim Martin of Wakefield, Michael Melaragni of Woburn, Maureen and Jeffrey Doucette of Sutton, Laura and Skip Sagris of Bow, NH and Ben Melaragni of Woburn. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Thursday, December 3rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Due to covid 19 protocol, masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rich’s memory to Maine Medical Center and the Brain Injury Association of America.


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