It is with great sadness in my heart to announce the peaceful passing of Joe Cummings on September 7th, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, BC.
Joe was born in Brandon, Manitoba on May 15, 1945. At the age of three his family moved and settled in Powell River, BC where he called home for over 50 years.
During that time, with his perseverance, entrepreneurial drive and love for the community, he had much to be proud of.
In 1965 Joe gained distributorship of Canada Dry then shortly after took on Coca Cola. He took pride in swapping out friends “inferior“ pop with his own brands, even in their own homes. It was comical.
During this time he also managed the Beach Gardens Drive In Theatre for three seasons where at times he ran the projector and back then, this WAS a big deal.
In 1967, at the age of 22, he was recognized as the youngest alderman in Canada. During that same year he was President of Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce), a Moose Lodge member, and on the Executive (Political Affairs) Committee with the Chamber of Commerce.
His dedication to Rotary for 20+ years, including being President, will not be forgotten.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Joelle (Terry), siblings Hank (Mary), Ernie (Doris), Barbara (Dave), Winston & Brenda (Tim) as well as numerous nieces & nephews.
A public Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday Nov 28th in Powell River, BC. Exact location & time TBA.