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James R. Cummings

James R. Cummings                        

ELDRED, Pa.---James R. Cummings, 84, a lifelong resident of Eldred, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.

Born on November 29, 1934 in Olean, he was the son of Vern and Florence Gaspar Cummings.  On August 1, 1964 in Shinglehouse, he married Gail M. Jandrew, who survives.

James was employed by Dresser-Rand in Olean, retiring as manager of marketing in 1994 after 42 years of service.

He was a life member of The Northern Star Lodge #555 F. & A.M.  An avid woodworker, James spent most of his retirement years pursuing this hobby.  He also was passionate about renovating a barn on his property. He had a great love of music and played the trumpet.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.  For the past several years, he spent his winters in The Villages, Florida.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters and a son, Melissa L. Cummings of Chesapeake, Virginia, Rebecca A. (Scott) Brabon of Allegany, N.Y., and Bradley J. (Tonya) Cummings of Berea, Kentucky; three granddaughters, Jordan and Alexandra Brabon and Lillian Cummings; a brother, Allan (Julia) Cummings of Beavercreek, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by a sister, Carol Ball.

Family and friends may call from 10 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of his life will follow at 11:30 am.  The Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Allegany Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors following the celebration of life.

In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to Dresser-Rand Scholarship Program at Dresser Rand Local Employees Association, Attention: Cassie Dick, 500 Paul Clark Drive, Olean, NY 14760 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

James’ family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner, of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of James, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com


I always enjoyed when you came by my shop to have some item made for your latest project. We spent more time chatting and touring around the farm. You were such a nice man and I am so glad that I got to know you over the years. You will be deeply missed.

Greg Snowman Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

Jim was a good friend; we worked for different divisions of Dresser-Rand but we did a lot together. He will be missed by his friends and co-workers.

Dick Golas Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

Jim shopped in our family business for years (Worth W. Smith Co.). I waited on him many times and we always chatted and Jim would usually share product, business or life advice. And it was good advice! Jim was a thoughtful and interesting man, and he was my friend. Prayers to his family and may he Rest In Peace.

Nate Smith Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

I will miss (NORTON), a name I gave him after finding him working on his septic tank in Eldred.
. Art Carney was Norton on the Jackie Gleason show. He shared with me his love of woodworking and the ongoing efforts at the BARN! We shared many laughs as well as serious conversations. Gail and family, I hope you can draw on wonderful memories to help each of you with your loss. Bless each of you. Jim, (NORTON), thanks for the memories!!

HARLAN & JACKIE PRESS Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM

Gail and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss' Fond memories of times together in the past, God be with you all.
Love Donna and Mick.

Donna Holly Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM

We will always remember the laughs. We had many over the years. We send love to his family. Until we meet again may God hold Jim in the palm of his hands.

Larry and Barb Jandrew Mar 15 2019 12:00 AM