Rev. Thomas Cummins

CUMMINS, Rev. Thomas M. Jr., age 90, of Asbury Heights, Pittsburgh, PA, peacefully Tuesday evening, September 17, 2013.

Beloved husband of the late Madelyn (Marshall) Cummins; devoted father of Thomas III (Marilyn) of California, L. Marshall (Jane) of New Jersey and James (Kathryn) of Dormont; brother of the late Blanche Ann “Nancy” Davis of West Virginia; loving grandfather of Drew, Danny, Ian and Ryan Cummins, and uncle of Libby Kelly, Becky Burgess, and Susan Kreher.

Rev. Cummins was born and raised in Wheeling, WV across from where Wheeling Jesuit University is now located and graduated high school from Linsly Academy. He was a WWII veteran who received the Purple Heart and served in the European campaign. Rev. Cummins received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College and married Madelyn in 1947. He went on to graduate from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1951. After serving at several small churches and acting as a chaplain in PA, NJ and NY, he and Madelyn settled in Pittsburgh, PA in 1955 where they raised their three children. While in Pittsburgh he served at Woodville State Hospital for several years and eventually took a position as the Associate Pastor of the Dormont Presbyterian Church. Following his call with Dormont, he again took a position with the State and served as a chaplain with Dixmont, Marcy, Mayview and Woodville State Hospitals until he retired. Tom was an avid outdoorsman and loved to run, hike, and garden. He was the founder and first president of the Scott Conservancy and was instrumental in the creation of the Kane Woods Green Space Project which now has numerous hiking trails throughout. Tom was well known for his running prowess and ran in the first great race, where in later years was actually a seeded runner in his age bracket. Tom missed very few of these races until his last race in 2008 when he was 85 and completed the 5k.

Friends will be welcomed at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, Friday evening September 27, 2013 from 5 until 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Dormont Presbyterian Church, corner of Potomac and Espy Avenues in Pittsburgh.

If desired, donations can be made in memoriam of Rev. Cummins to either the Scott Conservancy, P.O. Box 13067, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.