Kennedy “Ken” Cumming

Kennedy “Ken” Cumming, a lifetime resident of the Russell area, passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Tue., Nov. 1, 2011. He was 82.
Ken was born in Russell on June 5, 1929, to his parents, Dougall and Helen Cumming (nee McKeown). On March 9, 1957, he married Erva Boothe. At this time, he took over running his father’s farm. At the beginning of Ken’s long farming career, he had award winning Ayrshire cattle. Over the years, he had dairy and beef cattle, sheep, and laying hens. Ken also had a collection of antique Farmall tractors. Ken never officially retired from farming, and kept a few cows around for his grandchildren.
Ken and Erva enjoyed travelling, especially their trip to California. They enjoyed their winter home in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Ken is survived by his wife Erva, his four children, Steven (Brenda) Cumming of Osgoode, Donna (Neil) Minshall of Ottawa, Gwen (Steven) Lennox of London, and Peter (Nancy) Cumming of Russell, and his sister Jean Stiver of Unionville. Ken will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Ian, Colin, and Aaron Cumming; Ben and Rachel Minshall; Scott and Katie Lennox; and Stacey, Krista, and Sarah Cumming. He was predeceased by brothers, Douglas, Donald, and Grant.
A private family funeral service was held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., Nov. 4, 2011, with Rev. Jack Lovering officiating. A heartfelt eulogy was given by his granddaughter, Krista, remembering her favourite stories about her Grandpa. Interment followed at Spring Hill Cemetery in Metcalfe. The pallbearers were grandchildren Scott, Ben, Ian, and Stacey.
Ken and his family would like to express their most sincere thanks and appreciation for the excellent care given by Dr. Heymans and the staff at the Complex Continuing Care Unit of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital. During his long stay, everyone went out of their way to make each day a bit better.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.