Richard Shanley Cummins

December 28, 1928 ‒ November 29, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

***Please check back soon for Dick’s Tribute Video***

MANSFIELD: Richard Shanley Cummins, a beloved Irishman, peacefully passed away on Friday evening, November 29, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family.

He was born December 28, 1928 in Columbus, OH the son of Charles A. & Cecily A. (Shanley) Cummins. A beloved brother to a fun loving Irish brood, Dick was third oldest of seven, six boys and one girl. Following graduation from Hamden High School, Hamden CT, he attended the University of Connecticut. He then proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.

A handsome bachelor, new to Rochester, NY, Dick was introduced to his love and golfing partner for life, Nancie Gullen. Dick and Nancie enjoyed 60 years of marriage, a loving family, travel, and many, many dear friends. He always enjoyed his biennial family vacation at the beach including his four children Dick (Kim) Cummins of Boston, MA; Kathy (Bill) Radler of Marietta, GA; Kevin (Laura) Cummins of Cincinnati, OH; Shaun (Rick) Chokreff of Blacklick, OH. He loved spending time with his ten grandchildren; Ryan & Evan Cummins (Dick); Robert & Caroline, Grace and Hannah Radler (Kathy); Matthew & Sean Cummins (Kevin) and Katie, Meghan (Quinn) and Mollie Chokreff (Shaun) who will miss Poppie and his infamous hugs, knee squeezes, Poppie’s grilled chicken and his love of classical music known as “Poppie’s music.”

Dick was in the steel business for 47 years working in sales at Detroit Steel and finishing his career as General Manager at National Material Corporation in Mansfield, OH. After retiring, Dick, known as “the Silver Fox,” enjoyed his 4 Gs – Golf, Growing Poppie’s tomatoes, Gin Rummy and most importantly, Grandchildren. Dick loved his time with many friends at Westbrook Country Club and especially his card and lunch groups. He gave of his time and talent to Serra Club, St. Peter’s Catholic Church and served on the Boards of United Way, Richland Academy and as Chairman of the Richland County Foundation. This quiet man with a dry humor will be missed by many.

His family will receive friends 4-7p Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:30a Thursday morning at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Father Gregory Hite will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or Richland County Foundation.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dick’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them, or watch his tribute video, at


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  • Dear Mrs. Cummins and the Cummins Family,

    We were sad to read of the passing of Mr. Cummins. He was always a friendly, courteous gentleman. We enjoyed and respected him very much.

    Please know that you are in our thoughts.

    Kindest personal regards.

    Your friends,

    Mike & Jerry Byrne
    Puerto Plata – Dominican Republic

  • Dear Dick Kim & boys & all the other families, so very sorry for your lsd of your father & grandfather. Memories are what get you through these times & know you must have many good fun ones. You have my deepest sympathy & prayers🙏🏼

  • Dear Nancie,
    You and Dick were always a great pair. Sally and I always enjoyed you both at the Christmas parties and I appreciated your commitment and work for Rehab so many years ago. Please accept our sincere sympathy for you and your families loss.

  • December 01, 2019
    Rest in Peace❤

    Love and hugs to this Amazing Family. The memories are beautiful and bountiful. Many will miss those sparkling Irish eyes and the wry wit .

    The Legacy left is a beautiful family full of love and kindness. I am blessed to know your brood.❤

    Cheers to a life well lived!!!
    Elise Daniel, Boise, Idaho

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. We have some great memories of a great family man and wish you all much love and peace. May the joyful memories carry you through the days to come.
    Hugs and Love,
    Sharon and Rick Lees

  • Dear Mrs Cummins and the beautiful Radler family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Mr Cummins’ obituary is perfectly stated and describes what a truly great man he was. He will always be in our hearts and we pray that the wonderful memories of him will make each day a little easier. As you celebrate his life, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Much love,
    Alan and Lynda Airey

  • To this day I still talk about the National Material Christmas party and the conversation Dick had with my wife and I, I’ve never see Dick at a loss for words until then… Rest In Peace Sir.

  • Dear Nancie…Tom and I send our love and prayers to you and your beautiful family as you celebrate Dick, his life and all the precious memories you have made together. Thankful to have known him..he was a great man!

  • I’ve climbed into bed grabbed my rosary beads shed tears for my wonderful favorite cuz and the best gal in the whole world for him I’ll be praying during the funeral tomorrow and will call next week you are loved.