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CUMMING – Wesley Watson

September 21, 1934 – July 16, 2010

Wesley Cumming, a man beloved and treasured by all who knew him, died peacefully at the Foothills Medical Centre on Friday, July 16, 2010 with family by his side. His struggle with cancer over many years was marked by courage and grace.

The lives of Wesley’s family and friends have been enriched by his presence. He was a gentle soul. His example of loving unconditionally, living in the moment, finding joy in nature, and always lending a helping hand is part of the legacy he leaves us.

Wesley was born in High River, the youngest of six children, Keith (Liz), Doreen, Elaine, Lloyd (Beth), and Eldon, who died at the age of four. Wesley grew up on the family farm at Cayley and moved to High River with his parents upon their retirement in 1965. He was predeceased by his parents Ted in 1970 and Eva in 1983. Wesley then moved to Calgary to be cared for by Doreen Orman, his sister and guardian and Lloyd Cumming his brother and co-guardian. He lived in family support homes under the auspices of the Developmentally Disabled Resource Centre, (DDRC), the most recent with Aurele, Dorrie and Alexandria Chevier, where he lived for the past twelve years. He spent weekends with family members.

Wesley is survived by his sisters and brothers and their spouses, nieces and nephews; Catherine, Bruce, Kevin, Jamie, Nancy, John, Leslie, Ross, Jennifer, Rick, Maureen, Eldon, Dianne, Darlene and many great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at Knox United Church (506 – 4th Street S.W.) on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to DDRC, 4631 Richardson Way S.W. Calgary, AB. T3E 7B7 Telephone (40) 240-3111 or www.ddrcc.com. The family wishes to thank the nurses at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their care of Wesley over the years. We extend deep appreciation to Dr. Scot Dowden for his exceptional and compassionate care.

In living memory of Wesley Cumming, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Sarah Galvin :

    Doreen, I am so sorry to hear of Wesley’s passing. My sincere condolences.

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  2. Ralph Dilworth :

    Dear Doreen and family,

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Wesley’s passing and wish to express my sincere condolences. Although I did not know Wesley well, it was always a pleasure to hand him a bulletin at Knox and to receive the always cheerful “Hi”. I’m afraid I won’t be able to offer my sympathies in person on Friday – I will be on an airplane at that time – but my thoughts will certainly be with you.

    Ralph Dilworth

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  3. Lee wetherall :

    Wesley was a wonderful caring person who always had a smile for everyone. He will be missed. My condolences to the his whole family.

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  4. Evyan Jarrett :

    Doreen and all of the family:

    My thoughts are with you, on Friday, for the service dedicated to Wesley. He was a sweet and very kind man who touched not only his family but all that knew him. He made us laugh and appreciate the simple joys of life we all take for granted. I have very fond memories of him when I was a child visiting him and Grandma Cumming in High River. He called me Missy Boo.

    He always greeted everyone with such enthusiam and it was always a pleasure to see him at all the family gatherings. I hope he has reached a beautiful place in heaven complete with a never ending supply of lifesavers!
    Much love,

    Evyan Jarrett

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  5. Frank McKitrick :

    Of all the members of Knox Church, Wesley was the one who never failed to greet you with a cheerful “Hi” and a sincere smile. I personally was not aware that he was suffering from disease during these years and it amazes me that he had such a cheerful attitude in spite of it. We could all learn from his courage. The congregation will surely miss this wonderful guy. Sincere sympathy from both of us
    Frank McKitrick and Greg Duff

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  6. Maud Kendrick :

    I am sorry to hear that Wesley passed away. He really will be missed by you and your family. I always admired how happy he was to see his friends and also to meet your friends. He has had to cope with a lot of health issues in the past few years but he certainly did have a wonderful life with the love of friends and family and his church activities to support him.
    My granddaughter is getting married in BC on Saturday so I regret that I can’t attend the funeral.
    My regards to you and your family,
    Maud K.

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  7. Margaret Miyagishima :

    Doreen
    I was saddened to hear of Wesley`s passing. I don`t ever remember a time when he was not happy and friendly. His cheerful presence and gentle greetings will be missed.
    If I were not at my aunt`s funeral at the exact same time tomorrow, I would be at Knox to share in honouring his life. While I will be with my family as we remember my aunt, my thoughts will also be with you commemorate the life of such a gentle caring soul.
    Margaret Miyagishima

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  8. Margaret Clarke :

    Dear Cumming family,
    We remember Wesley with fondness. I remember how he came to shovel snow from our parents home in High River and how he would sometimes appear at the door with a piece of pie for dad which your mother had baked. Always so cheerful and kind. A loving soul and valued by those who knew him.
    Sincerely,
    Margaret Feyrer Clarke

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