Maurice F. “Barry” Cummins

Maurice F. “Barry” Cummins, 78, of New Fairfield, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 surrounded by his loving family and friends.  He was the devoted husband of Mrs. Mary (Finnerty) Cummins and the best father his children could ever ask for.

Barry was born in Black Rock, County Cork, Ireland on September 1, 1938; a son of the late Maurice and Mary Ellen (Keating) Cummins. He came to the United States in 1959 on the Mauritania and, if asked, and often without any prompting, was filled with stories of his journey.

Barry loved the sea. At an early age, he worked the fishing boats, and it was there that he learned to read the stars and patterns of the winds. He was better than the Farmer’s Almanac for predicting the weather.  He loved rowing in the regattas and often said the lessons he learned being part of a team served him well for life.  He was honored to be a US Army veteran and so proud of his adopted home, the USA. But he was always a son of Ireland, fierce and true.  He was a resident of New Fairfield and parishioner of St. Edward Church for the past 43 years. and the door to his home was alway open.

Barry was a talented singer and his voice graced many a hall in the Danbury area. He was known as the “singing painter.” As the owner of Cummins Painting, he could be found on a ladder whistling or singing an Irish tune.  He was a valued mentor to many who worked for him. He enjoyed a good story and was quite the storyteller himself, and was the family historian.

While he was an avid NY Mets fan, it was time with his family and beloved grandchildren that he cherished the most. Barry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary and his three daughters: Dr. Mary Fernand and her husband, Greg; Patricia Cheh and her husband, Keith and Linda Cummins and her fiancé, Mike Hughes. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren; Ryan, Kelly, Shannon and Steven.

In addition to his wife, daughters and grandchildren, Barry is survived by his brothers, Kevin, Victor, Vincent, Declan and Terence and his sisters, Joan and Eileen.

In addition to his parents, Barry was predeceased by his brothers, Peter, Patrick, Dennis, Redmond, Paul, Harry and Martin as well as his beloved grandson, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Edward Church; 21 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield. Interment with US Military Honors will follow in Mountainview Cemetery, New Fairfield. Friends will be received on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home; 9 Granville Avenue, Danbury.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: New Fairfield Veteran’s Association, Inc. - P.O. Box 8088; New Fairfield, CT 06812, St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church - 21 Brush Hill Road; New Fairfield, CT 06812 or Friends of the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center c/o LAOH - 6 Lake Avenue; Danbury, CT 06810.


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