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“Bob was a much-admired and well-liked member of the Wright Touch Writers' Group at the Brandywine Hundred Library. As a member of the group, he...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Wendy Schermer - Arden, DE

“Dear Kate I was saddened to learn of Bob's passing. Please know I so fondly remember Bob and his many phone calls to Bob. He had a "catchy " way...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: ann marvel - wilmington, DE

“Bob always puts a smile on everyone's face...starting with his own....and was and is full of life and love that was contagious....true neighbors...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Dawn Cheyrouze - DE - friend

“You will forever be in our hearts and thoughts Uncle Robert. Love Kenneth XX ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Kenny Robertson

“We will all miss you Uncle/Great Uncle Robert.Love fromScott, Lynn, Paul, Marc & Scotty XXXXXDavid, Roxzahn, Calvin & Nathan XXXX ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Scott Robertson - Edinburgh

“Love you big brother, love Valerie xx ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Valerie Robertson - Edinburgh

“Having lived two doors away from Kate and Bob for almost 29 years it's been my pleasure to get to know them and become friends. Bob was so...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Harrie Kaufman - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Kate, Fiona and Family,I remember Bob as a gentle, enthusiastic and interesting man and always appreciated the glint in his eye when speaking...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Wayne Smith - Middletown,, DE

“Kate and family,We are deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.God Bless,Mike and April Majewski ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Majewski - Wilmington, DE

“Fiona and Family,I am sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers this Easter Week. Met your Dad on a few occasions - what a great guy...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Kate & Family:So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. We always seemed to be playing oneups-man-ship with each other in & out of the Jaycee circles....Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Roger Stanley - Rehoboth Beach, DE

“My deepest sympathy to Kate and the Cummings family. I will always remember Bob as a gentle and caring man. May you find comfort with all the...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Phyllis Gilbert

“Bob was a dear gentleman who shared some of his early Scottish memories with our writing group. Thank you Bob. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: maria keane - wilmington, DE

“I met Bob at the Wright Touch Writer's Group where he shared chapters from his memoir with us. He made the details of his childhood so vivid, we...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Jane Miller - Acquaintance

“My heartfelt sympathy to Kate and her Family. Bob and Kate have been dear friends for many years It all began because of the Jaycees. Bob was a...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Ann Wollter - MILTON, DE

“Bob will be deeply missed! He was one of the kindest souls & just truly a great guy! We are so lucky to say both Kate & Bob were our friends! ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Stone - Wilmington, DE

“Fiona and family, so sorry for your loss. Never met him but loved seeing the pictures and hearing stories. He looked like a true family man! ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Joe &Pamela Nash - Newar, DE

“I'm so happy to have known such a wonderful person ! My deepest condolences to u , Kate ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Charles Gallagher - Wilm, DE

“We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We were Jaycee/Janecee members with him and Kate and have many happy memories of times shared with them. We...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: JoAnn Lathbury - Laurel, DE

“I love you dad ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Fiona Tresolini - Newark, DE


On the 51st anniversary of the day he brought his young family from Great Britain to the United States, expecting to stay for a year but instead remaining to build a lifetime of friendships and memories, Robert M. "Bob" Cummings of Wilmington died on April 2, 2017 in the presence of his loving family.

Bob was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to the late Robert and Agnes Cummings. He won many ribbons and trophies as an athlete in track and field, soccer and cricket. He was a member of the Boys Brigade and received many merit badges, eventually earning the rank of Queen's Badge (similar to the Eagle Scout).

After beginning an apprenticeship at age 16, Bob received his engineering degree from Heriot-Watt College in Edinburgh. He came to the United States in 1966 for a temporary work assignment with Catalytic Construction in Philadelphia. He stayed and went on to work for Sun Shipbuilding in Chester, Pa., and construction engineering companies BE&K and KBR in Newark before his retirement in 2014.

Bob was very active in his children's sports activities, such as soccer, in which he coached, and baseball and was also an avid golfer. In 1967, Bob joined the Brandywine Hundred Jaycees and became heavily involved in its leadership training and volunteer work. He served as Delaware state vice president (1970-72), president (1972-73) and Jaycees Junior Chamber International vice president (1974), assigned to various countries in Europe, and United Nations representative (1975).

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by son David and sister Cecilia. Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kate; daughter Fiona; son-in-law Kevin Tresolini; grandchildren Dustin and Tara; sister Valerie and many other relatives residing in Edinburgh.

Two years after son David's death in 1983, Bob and Kate began the first Delaware chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a group for bereaved parents that now has many chapters throughout the state.

A remembrance and luncheon will be held Saturday, April 15, at Delaware Veterans Post #1 (www.delvets.com), 2535 Veterans Drive, off Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE. Greetings begin at 11 a.m. followed by the remembrance at noon.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Compassionate Friends Brandywine Hundred Chapter, P.O. Box 114, Rockland, DE 19732-0114 (www.brandywinetcf.org) or DFRC, 640 Plaza Drive, Newark, DE 19702 (www.dfrc.org).