Elliott R. Cummins, 90, of Herkimer, passed away peacefully, Thursday morning, December 1, 2016, in Valley Health Services, Herkimer, with his devoted wife and family by his side.
He was born on June 5, 1926 in Utica, the son of the late Harry and Esther Wineburgh Cummins. Elliott was a graduated from Utica Free Academy and Mohawk Valley Community College. In 1944, He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Antietam in the Pacific Theater until 1946. On March 19, 1955, Elliott married the former Florence Polansky of Baltimore, MD.
For many years, Elliott was employed in store management by the National Auto Stores. In 1976, he accepted a position as a financial advisor and field agent for the John Hancock Insurance Company. During his stay with John Hancock, he earned membership in the prestigious President’s Club and Honor Club which placed him within the top 2% of the entire sales force. He was an active member of Temple Beth Joseph, Herkimer, serving on its’ board of directors at various times. He was also active member and president of B’nai B’rith, and a member of the Michael S. Pliseck VFW Post 4915, Herkimer.
One of the things Elliott enjoyed in his retirement was a comprehensive collection of big band music and jazz. He also enjoyed his basement workshop, keeping all his tools in immaculate order.
He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Florence; his sons and daughter-in-law, Harry Cummins, Princeton, NJ, and Dr. Arnold and Karen Cummins, Darien, CT; his daughter, Sharon Doty of Saratoga Springs; his beloved grandchildren, Samuel, Benjamin, and Emma Cummins, Aleta, Hannah and Eva Doty, and Arthur and Cecelia Cummins; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a dear sisters and brothers-in-law, Harriet and Meyer Friedman and Harry and Ann Moskowitz.
Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Temple Beth Joseph, 327 N. Prospect Street, Herkimer. Interment will follow in the Temple Beth Joseph section in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Shiva will be observed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with minyan service at 7 p.m. at the family home.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Valley Health Services for the years of care Elliott received.