Bert Ivan Leroy Cummer
February 7, 1927 - August 28, 2023
On August 28, 2023 Bert Ivan Leroy Cummer, of Carman, MB passed away peacefully at the Carman Memorial hospital with family at his side.
He leaves to mourn his wife of 64 years, Velma (nee Campbell), his two children Heather (Tony) Cummer-Branco, Tracey Cummer, and his grand daughter Taylor (Anthony) Branco.
Bert is survived by his brother Edgar (Cathy) Cummer and a multitude of very special nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Amos and Ida Cummer, brothers Arlie, Wilfred, Lloyd and Evert, and sisters Viola, Elsie and Chloe.
A memorial service will be held at the Carman United Church on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:00 am. A private family interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, Carman, MB.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
Bert was born at home on the family farm north of Carman. He was part of a large close knit family that maintained this connection throughout their lives. Bert and his brother Edgar, lived only a few miles apart for the majority of their lives and were especially close. They liked to plan family reunions to reconnect with those living further away.
Bert worked 15 years in road construction, and then found his true calling as a Shell bulk fuel agent in Roseisle for 30 years until his retirement at the age of 65. If that wasn’t enough he also had a farm where he raised beef cattle and put up hay.
He truly lucked out when he met and married the love of his life, Velma. One of his stories was when he told a friend, “see that girl behind the counter? That’s the girl I’m going to marry,” and he did. They were inseparable ever since, both at work and play. His two children Heather and Tracey and grand daughter Taylor were the other loves of his life.
Even though work and family kept him busy he always made time for other interests. He loved to dance. Bert and Velma were often seen headed out in their fancy duds to go square, pattern or old time dancing.
Bert was also very passionate about politics and would lead the charge in supporting candidates he felt would make a difference. He always stressed the importance of taking care of our local community and our country.
Bert had three brothers who served over seas. He thought it was important to recognize the veterans from the community, so he spear headed his vision of erecting a war memorial in Roseisle which came to fruition in 1989.
Another project Bert started, and added to every year was his outdoor Christmas decorations and lights. They came complete with santa claus and his reindeer. He had so many lights one year that it blew the fuse in the house and everyone ate in the dark, but it sure was pretty outside.
Bert was a people person. He made friends where ever he went. Family and friends were very important to him and he would drop everything to lend a hand if needed. Bert and Velma attended church regularly and valued their Graysville and Carman United Church families.
Bert retired to Carman in 2010 where he enjoyed walking the beautiful pathways, eating out, playing cards and floor shuffle at the active living centre, and making his way to the legion on Friday nights.
There are so many people to thank that helped dad keep his independence as long as he did, and allowed him to go to the many activities that he enjoyed, Edgar, Cathy and Karen, Larry and Irene, Ray and Darlene, Thomas, Grant, United Church members, and Legion members. We would like to thank Marni, Daryl and all the home care staff that took such special care of dad while he was still at home. We would also like to thank all the friends and family that visited dad during his time at the hospital. Each and every one of you he held close to his heart. Our endless gratitude also goes out to all the Carman hospital doctors, nurses, and health care aids that took such good care of dad, and mom as well, during his time there.