EAST HADDAM- Hildreth A. “Pookie” Cummings, 85, died peacefully at Middlesex Hospital on Sunday, June 14, 2020. He was born in Middletown on October 2, 1934 to the late Joseph Cummings and Mabel (Parkman) Cummings O’Leary.
Art enjoyed the simple things in life, he did not want for material things, he was most happy sitting by his garden and watching it grow and was proud of his little orchard. He was united in marriage to Harriet Geer on January 13, 1956, and they raised two daughters. Art was a talented mechanic for Parytka Chevrolet in Hamden for over 30 years, he had an ear for diagnosing engine problems before diagnostic technology was available. He loved to garden, fish, burn wood and give his great-grandchildren nicknames and was a life-member of the Masons.
Art is survived by his daughters, Joann Cummings and her husband Rod “Moosie” Speedwell of East Haddam and Catherine Palmer and her friend Michael Bennett of East Haddam; brothers Verne Cummings of Enfield and Albert Cummings of East Haddam; grandchildren, Mark Moore and his wife Mary, Melissa Forrest, Nicole Palmer, Emily Moore, Aaron Palmer, Amie Palmer-Worrell, Rebecca Palmer, Hannah Johnson and Daniel Palmer; great-grandchildren Ryan Schneider USMC, Cassandra Jedlinski Wynn USMC, Megan Schneider, Karlee Forrest, Ian Nadeau, Gabrielle Moore, Zachary Moore, Madelyn Palmer, Owen Palmer, Elizabeth Johnson, Leela Leonard, Avery Leonard and Eric Johnson as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Harriet Cummings; his son-in-law Lawrence Palmer and his siblings, Edward Cummings, Thomas Cummings, Joseph Cummings and Christine Piette.
An 11:00am graveside service will be held at Mt. Parnassus Cemetery, Smith Rd. East Haddam on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Please visit www.belmonfh.com for condolences. Belmont Funeral Home LLC has been entrusted with these arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please remember to be kind to one another and “grow a garden”, love Joann and Cathy
Be kind to one another and grow a garden.