April 27, 2020
REST IN PEACE
Thomas Alphonsus (Tom) Cummings, Jr., 82, of Sandwich, MA, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving wife and three adoring children on April 27, 2020 shortly after being diagnosed with advanced stage cancer.
Born in Boston on May 4, 1937 to Thomas, Sr. and Catherine (McBarron) Cummings, Tom grew up in Roslindale. He spent much of his youth at Fenway Park, where his lifelong passion for the Boston Red Sox began. His father ran the concession business for 50 years, giving Tom access to summer jobs in the bleachers and insider experiences, stories of which he loved to tell. After graduating in 1955 from Boston College High School, Tom was educated at Saint John’s Seminary and ordained a priest for the Boston Archdiocese.
Family meant everything to Tom.
He and his wife Louise (Holderried) Cummings settled in Sandwich where they raised three children, Kristin, Alanna, and Thomas, III. Louise had his heart and soul, and he gave her the loyalty anyone would dream of having from a partner. For nearly 50 years he was devoted to her happiness, leaned on her for support, and delighted her with loving notes and sweet poems. His love for his children was matched only by their love and adoration for him. He attended every game of every one of their sporting events for many years, and took great interest and pride in their academic achievements and career paths.
Tom worked in the Wareham District Court system for 32 years, serving 24 years as Chief Probation Officer. Tom was loved by many and respected by all. He truly believed that the justice system was there to provide support and reform. He saw the good in everyone and stood up for people when no one else would. He was gratified when people reached out to him years