It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charles (Chuck) Cummings.
Charlie (to his siblings) was 87 years old. Born February 27, 1931 in Wellington Ontario.
He died at his home, October 21, 2018 in Osooyos British Columbia after a valiant battle with kidney disease.
He will be joining his parents Helen Hillsdon and Charles Leo, his first wife Sylvia Rose Mary, his daughter Rosemary, brothers Kevin, Michael, Frances and William, sisters Margaret, Helen, Shelia and Valerie in heaven where he can keep a watchful eye on the rest of his family.
He leaves behind his wife of 37 years Karen.
Siblings Anne (Dick), James (Millie), Mary and Theresa (Jack), sister in law Mary Johnson
Children Stephen, Catherine, Peter, Ray Hudson (Cindi), Tina Winteringham (Mike), Tara Wark (Erick Alberts), Margaret Peeren (Tony), Mike Hudson (Mary Anne) and Maureen Stroet (Patrick)
Grandchildren Martin Stroet, Ryley Stroet, Grayson Hudson, Holly Hudson, Hayley Wark, Nolan Wark, Ryland Winteringham, Zachary Winteringham, Amy Pittendreich and Jewels Moraes (Eric)
And great grand daughters Lily and Laura
His desire to see families stay together also led him to welcome 6 foster children into his home Sheldon, Dawn, Kimberly, Lori, Lonn and Larry.
Having a large Irish family he was also uncle Chuck to innumerable nieces and nephews.
He spent his early life in Ontario where his passion for fixing things was born. His garage in Penticton was full of all manner of parts, gears and tools if you needed something repaired it was likely Chuck had just the piece to do it and if not he would get it. He sparked the recycling and DIY movements before they were the “in” thing to do, qualities which he imbued in his children.
Chuck loved the outdoors. Hunting, camping, searching for rocks, panning for gold and scouring old ghost towns for all manner of treasure, were just a few of the ways he occupied his spare time. In his later years he learned to enjoy travel abroad having the opportunity to visit Ireland, Italy, Egypt and Mexico
A “friend of Bill W.” since 1963, he had many friends, was a mentor and role model for any who needed him. He always had snacks and coffee ready for company and happily volunteered whenever tasked at both the Catholic and Lutheran churches.
A great part of his life was spent working for the BC Ministry of Forest where he could apply his many skills at fixing things, a true “Macgyver” he was called in to help out with the provinces many forest fires long after he officially retired.
Celebration of life will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church 2800 S. Main Street Penticton BC.
Rev. Darren Siegle to officiate
Friday October 26 2018 at 2:30pm
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Kidney Foundation.
Internment to follow at a later date