John Cummings

John P. Cummings

1946 - 2019

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John was the life of any party, and his personality was larger than life. Whether he was teaching himself to play the keyboard or bowling a 300 on his 49th birthday, John was truly a man of many talents. No matter where he was, everyone in the room wanted to be sitting at his table so they could listen to his hilarious stories or his witty one-liners. Even after losing his leg, he never lost his sense of humor, but the greatest love of John’s life was harness racing. He was even known as a Horseman’s Horseman for how well he got along with everyone at the track. Everyone in racing went to him for advice, usually when he was “holding court” in the track kitchen. John was a member of the United States Trotting Association and the WNY Harness Horseman’s Association, and he won Trainer of the Year twice.

John and his beloved Lallah were blessed with their 5 children by the time he was 24 years old, and he wanted to teach his family everything he knew about life. He raised all his sons to be in harness racing, and they trusted his know-how so much that they never made a move without talking to him first.

Cummings, John P., Sr. “Harry” May 11, 2019 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved husband of Lallah (nee Flanigen) Cummings; devoted father of John, Jr. (Megan Wilson), Anthony (Barbara), Colleen (Tim) Gallagher, Todd (Tammy), and Kevin (Rhonda) Cummings; son of the late Edward and Dorothy (nee Pike) Cummings; loving brother of Edward (late Clara), Frank, late Dorothy “Snookie”, and late Peter Cummings; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received on Tuesday from 3 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday 12 Noon at St. John Paul II Parish. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please leave online donations and condolences at

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3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
St. John Paul II
2052 Lakeview Road
LakeView, New York, United States
Please assemble at the church.