Eugene Cummings

  • Died: November 25, 2021
  • Location: Westwood, Massachusetts

Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock St
Westwood, MA 02090
Tel. (781) 326-0074

Tribute & Message From The Family

CUMMINGS, Eugene G., "Gene", of Westwood, MA, formerly of West Roxbury, MA, died Nov. 25th 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Sheila G. (Langdon) Cummings for 59 years. Loving father of Michael and his partner Michelle Beckwith DiSalvio, Paul and wife Jeeraporn Poksupthong, Marilyn and her husband Dennis Cummings, Brian and his partner Anthony Shannon, Diane and her husband John Riccio.

Devoted grandfather of Kelly, Sean, Brian, Rachel, Kaitlin, Courtney and Giovanni. Devoted great-grandfather of Brooke. Son of the late Howard and Alice (Armstrong) of West Roxbury.
Brother of the late Phyllis and her husband the late John Maxwell of New Mexico, formerly of Virginia and Mattapan. Uncle of the late Jennifer Maxwell Litten. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Gene grew up in West Roxbury and graduated from St. Mary's HS in Brookline, where he met Sheila. He was named to the All-New England Catholic Basketball All-Star team his senior year. He also played football and baseball. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Boston College.
He worked in the insurance industry for about 15 years, then worked for over 30 years as a probation officer at Dedham District Court.
Gene was an accomplished basketball referee, working high school and youth games for 25 years. He was also active for many years as a coach in Little League baseball, Pop Warner football and CYO basketball in Westwood and West Roxbury, and helped establish the West Roxbury Boys' Club in the 1970's. His players loved to play for him.

He also enjoyed swimming, music, playing and watching sports. He had season tickets to the Patriots for years in the 60's and 70's, and once caught a George Blanda field goal at Boston University Field in 1960.

But his favorite place was on the beach, and spent most of the summers of his life relaxing on or trying to get to Rexhame Beach in Marshfield, to spend time with his family and many lifelong friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., Westwood on Friday Dec. 3rd from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning Dec. 4th at 9am in St. Margaret Mary Church, 845 High St., Westwood. Interment at New Westwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gene's memory to the Greater Boston Food Bank, at



Condolence & Memory Journal

Shelia ,my deepest condolences to you and your family . Gene was a great teammate and friend at St. Mary's. We spent many a trip on the MBTA coming home from practices. He was a good role model for us .

Posted by GERARD MCCORMICK    February 18, 2022

Sheila, I'm sad to hear of Gene's death. My brother Brian told me about his passing. I've been living in Livermore, CA for many years. My husband died from ALS at age 52...I was blest with great you.
My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Kitty Flatley Peters    December 06, 2021

Sheila, our deepest sympathies to and your family. Sad to hear of Gino's passing. He was one of the good guys .

Posted by Peter and Driscoll - Hanover, MA - Coworker   December 03, 2021

I'm so sorry for your families loss . Your dad was a great and a great basketball coach

Posted by Lauren Mazzola - Franklin, MA - Acquaintance   December 02, 2021

I am very sorry to hear that Gene has passed away too suddenly, and want to express my sympathies to his family. I will remember Gene and picture him with a smile and being a very gentle man. Whenever we saw each other at work I really enjoyed talking with him. He was a good man and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May be rest in peace.

Posted by Audrey Pineo - Work   November 30, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about your loss, may he rest in peace! Prays to you and your family!

Posted by Deborah & Dana Halcott - Framingham, MA - Family Friend   November 30, 2021