Osmond Richard Cummings

May 17, 1923January 15, 2013

O. R. “Dick” Cummings died January 15, 2013 at Catholic Medical Center. He was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts on May 17, t923. He wasthe son of Orrin E. and Mary [AudleyJ Cummings and was a resident of the Newburyport-Amesbury-Salisbury area for more than 30 years.

He was a 1940 graduate of Amesbury High School, attended Bates College for two years and was graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, now Bentley College, in 1948. He was employed by the Newburyport Daily News as a reporter from 1948 to 1956 when he joined the newsroom staff of the Manchester Union Leader. He was a copy editor at the time of his retirement in January L987.

Cummings served in the U. S. Coast Guard for three years during World War II and in the U. S. Navy for nearly a year during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Manchester Post 79, American Legion; Washington Lodge, 61, F &AM, and the Manchester Historic Association.

As an avocation Cummings wrote and published numerous histories of the New England street railway systems. He was a longtime member of the New England Electric Railway Historical Society, Inc., owner of the Seashore Trolley Museum at Kennebunkport, ME, and served a term as chairman of its board of trustees. He also belonged to the 470 Railroad Club of Portland, Maine, Mass. Bay Division, Railroad Enthusiasts, the Boston & Maine Historical Society, the Boston Street Railway Association, the Central Electric Railfans Association, the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society, and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum,lnc.

His nearest relatives are three first cousins.

There will be no calling hours or funeral, and his ashes will be scattered at the Seashore Trolley Museum after cremation. Memorial donations may be made to the Endowment Fund of the New England Electric Railway Historical Society, lnc., P. O. Box A" Kennebunkport, ME 04046.


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Stephen P. Carlson

January 22, 2013

O.R. was both a pioneer and an inspiration to historians of New England trolley lines. His works remain as the basic histories of the lines he covered. He was also always open to helping fellow historians in their efforts. He will be missed.

January 22, 2013

OR's passing leaves a large hole in the rail fans world. His passion and knowledge will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his family.
Paul and Gladys Kehoe, John and Judy (Kehoe)Fox, Steve Kehoe

Doug Carrier

January 19, 2013

O.R. the museum has lost one of the most knowledgeable minds for knowing where streetcars operated, we will miss you sir. I am honored to have known you and conversations with you. Go join Teddy boss, George Sanborn and others.

January 19, 2013

You had a great love for trains, you served as engineer, brakeman & conductor, now you can ride first class forever. You were a wonderful & kind neighbor. We will all miss you.

The Legasse's

January 18, 2013

Our sincere condolences to Dick's family and friends. We were neighbors for thirty-eight years and always enjoyed his many conversations. Dick certainly was knowledgeable and loved to reminisce. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Ray & Dolores Murphy

Corey Lyons

January 18, 2013

Cousin Dick was a good man and friend. He will be missed. God bless you.

January 18, 2013

dick yo were a great neighbr & we will miss you

John Arico

January 17, 2013

He always was willing to answer a question and tell you a great story. He will be missed.

Dwight Conant

January 17, 2013

Dick used to call me "cousin." We were distant cousins, the parts of our families who were in Berlin, NH in the early 1900s. His mother and my grandmother visited often. I enjoyed knowing Dick and he helped me with family genealogy. Go in peace, cousin...

Media Services

January 17, 2013

So sorry to hear of Mr. Cummings passing. He was a wonderful historian. We were fortunate enough to videotape an interview with him for our town in the early 90's, which is to this day an invaluable resource for those interested in the trolley system in the Merrimack Valley.