Richard D. Cummings, Jr.

December 1st, 2020

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.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard D. Cummings, Jr.”

  1. Julie Gauthier & family says:

    It was an honor and a privilege to have known Rich and call him a friend. Always warm and welcoming with a smile on his face. Know that others share in your grief. The world will be less bright without Rich in it. Our continued love and prayers to Lisa and the family. He will be fondly remembered and missed deeply by all lucky enough to have known him.

  2. chris ciampa says:

    I love you cuz and will miss you until I meet you again

  3. Henry and Gail Saulnier says:

    Will miss you and may you rest in peace we will always remember you cousin

  4. Kenneth J Kolifrath says:

    Everyone at Bride Grimes is so saddened by this news and we will miss Rich very much. We were so privileged to have had the good fortune of working with Rich. His experience and knowledge along with his utmost professionalism was truly remarkable. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cummings Family.

  5. Thea says:

    You are already greatly missed. Rest in peace and in the company of your dear mom and all your loving relatives that have gone before you.

  6. Cheryl Ciampa says:

    Rich threw the most epic parties. He will be greatly missed. Love you, Cousin

  7. Pam (Kasprzak) Mandeville says:

    We are all so very saddened to hear this news. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, your long-time Great Lake East neighbors and friends, The Kasprzak & Mandeville Family

  8. Wandy says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. I have many fond memories of Halloween parties and weekend get-togethers with H and the whole Cummings family. I will always remember him with a big smile on his face. E and the whole family, you are in my thoughts.

  9. Ken Savoie - Savoie Nolan Architects says:

    So sad to hear of Richard’s passing. I have known Richard for more than 20 years and collaborated with him and Eric on numerous building projects over the years. Richard was always positive, very professional and trustworthy…a great guy and he will be surely missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

  10. Gregg Martinez/Iron Tail’s Saloon says:

    So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He brought so much to the table. Always a pleasure to see him. He brought the party as well as love of family and friends. A very generous man and friend. Iron Tail’s WILL NOT be the same without him. Love to the entire family.

  11. Mark Smith says:

    Oh “Little Dickie”. Whenever I remember Rich, it will be with a smile. He was a goofball. I loved sitting on the deck and laughing or watching Rich and Lisa do another … “project”. Will never forget the antics I was privileged to witness. Love you all.

  12. Kathy Carroll says:

    I am so so sorry for you all loss.. Great guy my husband and I always loved having talks with him while we where picking up our son.. thinking of you all
    Our Condolences, Ken,kathy,jim,Patrick and Maggie Carroll

  13. Joe Carrieri says:

    So sad to hear the news……my heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rich. I met Rich on Day 1, Northeastern University in 1984 and quickly became good friends. I remember the days of Physics, Calc and ME classes that we took together. When not in class, we played a lot of pool, drank beer and worked on our cars. Rich and Lisa got married in 1986 and with dedication, Rich continued to work hard at school and at home. In 1989 we graduated from Northeastern and I’m sad to say, my job took me away and our friendship became long distance with only a few gatherings thereafter. Some 35 years later, I still remember him well. Rest in Peace my friend, your legacy will live strong in all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cummings family.

  14. Michael Musi says:

    So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. My sincere condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all….

  15. Holli & John Marrs says:

    Rich (aka Big Richie) was one of the most generous people we knew. He warmly welcomed us into his large group of family and friends. His Halloween and Christmas lights parties were epic. He will be missed.

  16. Michelle Morgan says:

    Heartbroken to hear the tragic new of dickies passing. So many fond memories of growing up with the Cummings family and dickie like a brother.
    That smile, his laugh, sense of humor we’re his lovable trates that will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers with all of the Cummings family as you mourn a huge loss to your family and the community. He will be greatly Michelle and Dave
    Michelle and Dave


  17. Ellen Sullivan says:

    Dear Cummings Family, I am so sorry for your loss of your son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. I remember Rich from when my family (John and Jane Sullivan) visited the Cummings in Maine. Dick and Rich took us waterskiing, and I remember having such a good time with Rich and the entire Cummings family.

    I send my deepest condolences to all of you during this sad and difficult time. Love From, Ellen Sullivan, daughter of John and Jane Sullivan

  18. Carol Lepage says:

    My beautiful nephew, how I loved talking with you on the phone and in person. You were always the most fun person to be with. I’m glad I had your for this many years, you will missed so much, but you made our lives to much happier. Rest well with your mom, I miss her and you so much already. You will always be in my prayers. Love you much, Aunt Carol

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